Postcards: Museum, Movie Co-op & Art

The following
program is a production of   Pioneer Public Television.   [music]   NARRATOR:
In this episode of Postcards:   I was the last of the
family to take care of my   mother and sort out 200
years of family things   that had been
stored in 18 rooms   for a hundred and some years.   Initially we
became an LLC just to,   and then throughout
the fall of 2007 we were   trying to figure out what
was the best way for us to   operate, and we
learned that becoming a   cooperative was probably
going to work best.   I like to paint animals,
I love to paint nature.   It’s all divine to me
so bringing out that   divineness and matters
what counts for me,   I love the beauty.   [Postcards theme music]   [Postcards theme music]   ANNOUNCER:
This program on
Pioneer Public Television   is funded by the   Minnesota Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund,   with money from the vote
of the people of Minnesota   on November 4th, 2008.   Additional support
provided by Mark and   Margaret-Yackel Juleen, in
honor of Shalom Hill Farm,   a non-profit, rural
education retreat center   in a beautiful prairie
setting near Windom in   southwestern Minnesota,   The Arrowwood Resort
and Conference Center.   Your ideal choice for
Minnesota resorts offering   luxury town homes,
18 holes of golf,   Darling Reflections
Spa, Big Splash Waterpark,   and much more.   Alexandria, Minnesota, a
relaxing vacation or great   location for an event.   Easy to get to,
hard to leave.   NARRATOR: Join us
for a tour of the   Prospect House, a family home
full of history including   hundreds of artifacts
from the Civil War.   [music]   This is the
Prospect House,   now the
Prospect House Museum.   My great-grandfather Cap,
Captain James A. Colehour   moved here in 1882
to join his best   friend Mr. Everts and
start the lumber yard.   On his way here he thought
that this would be a good   place for a
summer tourist resort.   That was in 1882, and then
he started it in 1886.   He was every bit
an entrepreneur.   He arranged with the local
people so that he had a   full service tourist hotel
with guides boat service,   bait, guns,
dogs, you name it,   food, good sleeping rooms,   the best accommodations
around for sure.   The Prospect House is been
in the family for four   generations and my
great-grandfather started   it in 1882 and then it was
passed on to his daughter,   and then from her it was
passed on to her daughter   and that is my mother.   After her
father died in 1970,   they moved in and
she started working   immediately on just
keeping it original and   restoring it to the
original shape   as much as possible.   I don’t really know
why she was just,   that was her passion to
keep her family home that   she was born
in and died in,   keep it for
everyone to enjoy I guess.   [music]   My mother had dementia
and kidney failure   and her mind was going
and I was the last   of the family to take care
of my mother and sort out   200 years of family things
that had been stored in   18 rooms for a hundred
and some years.   And I just started
working on it   while I was taking
care of my mother.   It was a huge job.   So I started in the third
floor library up there or   I guess you, actually
the whole third floor was   actually a huge storage
area piled solid with   about five foot deep stuff
from one end to the other   and I spent six
weeks in the library,   every day all
day for six weeks.   Then I went into the next
old room that was one of   the bedrooms in the old
hotel when it was the   first tourist
hotel in town.   And that room was full of
antique women’s clothes   and I really didn’t
want to get into that.   Then I went into the next
old bedroom and in that   room I opened up a trunk
and found a chest   with nearly 200 Civil
War letters in it,   and then I started to
find Civil War things   all over the house.   And that got me
re-enthused into sorting   out this mess, and now
I’ve been working on it   for 14 years.   Cap and his brother David   enlisted together
in the Civil War.   He volunteered.   He fought to
preserve the union,   that’s what he
was all about,   that was his
idea of patriotism.   And then he fought for
a full three years   in the Civil War.   (cannon fires)   (rifles firing)   (snare drums, marching)   He was with Sherman on
his march to the sea;   he was shot through the
right shoulder in the   bloodiest two day
battle of the Civil War,   Chickamauga, with 35,000
casualties in two days.   And then he ended up being
one of the two oldest men   in Otter Tail County when
he died as well as being   mayor in,
mayor of Battle Lake   and justice of the peace.   But after the Civil War,
life was just wonderful   for him because he
survived the worst things   that you could
possibly imagine,   and I think that’s
why he lived so long.   This is probably one
of the most fascinating   things in the house.   It’s a letter from the
surgeon describing my   great-grandfather’s
bullet wound   through his left shoulder.   My great-grandfather
wrote right on top of it,   “Blood from wound received
at Muscle Shoals,   January 25th, 1864.”   That’s Cap’s
blood on that letter.   And over here is his
sleeves to his uniform   with bullet holes
in each shoulder   where he was shot.   Letters that he got when
he was in the hospital   with typhoid fever,
he nearly died there,   and there’s even a bottle
of typhoid fever serum.   They’re kind of hard
to find these days.   This is him holding his
Civil War rifle and here   it is right here, and
his brother David’s sword.   The blue stuff on the
handle is sharkskin,   and when David died in
Nashville of typhoid,   Cap sent his sword home
with David’s body and   Hiram, another brother
picked up the body   and the sword and headed
home, caught typhoid fever   himself and died
two weeks later.   This bedroom has got all
of my great-grandparents   things in it and one of
the more unusual things is   this coverlet down here
and it’s actually a burial   shroud from the Civil War,
and it very likely wrapped   Cap’s brother David in it.   It’s very valuable
and very delicate,   it’s got cotton
threads going one way,   wool threads going
the other way   and the proper way
to clean it is to   hang it on a clothes line
during a snowstorm.   Cap was real good about
writing home to his mother   and his sister
and his brothers.   He didn’t want to get them
too alarmed about how bad   things were out there
on the battlefields.   David however
wasn’t quite as good.   I’ve got his original
Civil War letters here   before he died.   (reading)
My dear mother,
since last I wrote you, you perhaps have been
wondering where we are but this will set you at
ease in that regard.  Oh that’s pretty nice.
Then down here he says,   (reading)
It was a terrible sight. I have seen a good many
sad and fearful sights since in the army but
none so disgusting or repulsive as this. The rebels lay
piled up in heaps, feet and heads together
and with no more regard to order than if they
were slaughtered hogs. Some without arms,
some without legs, some headless and in all shapeless forms
and conditions. Those shot with a rifle,
most of them were shot through the head or chest
and many I noticed were shot through the eyes. Some were blown
all to atoms! One we noticed had
his hands shot off, shot through the head,
his legs shot off twice, and shot
through the heart.  David, you’re writing
home to your mother!   A month later he was dead.   [music]   This is one of the
most special things I’ve   found in the collection
in the Civil War museum.   My great-grandfather
and my grandmother saved   everything to do with
Lincoln and this is an   1864 campaign poster
that was hanging on a   telephone pole or well
I guess telegraph pole   before Lincoln was elected.   This is one of the earliest
things I’ve found   to do with the Civil War
and I immediately framed   it in UV glass and
put it aside so that   it would be preserved.   This is a glass plate
negative from the Civil War   of a couple of Cap’s
Civil War buddies.   It’s a negative on glass
and you develop it by   putting a background on it
so without the background.   They don’t have
any clothes on,   and now they do.   [music]   [music]   Basically the house is just   a collection of memories.   Everything in that house has   some memory attached to it.   We weren’t collectors,
we just saved memories.   And when I found that
chest and found the   Civil War letters
in it, of course   I knew they were old letters.   And then I started
figuring out what they   were and you know I was
really confused at the   start because you don’t
expect to find a hundred   and some Civil War
letters anymore.   It’s gotta be one of
the largest finds in the   United States in
the last 40 years.   300 Civil War
artifacts is pretty,   pretty unusual
in today’s world.   My family has always
enjoyed picture puzzles   and we’re pretty good at
it and this is just like a   giant picture puzzle and
my family is also always   been interested in history
and archaeology and,   and it seems like no
matter which box full of   stuff you pick up,
there’s always a little   gold nugget in there
somewhere and   it just keeps you going
and going and going,   it’s, it’s like a
giant picture puzzle   with pieces missing or
lost all over the place   and you keep finding,   I got another one!   I know where this goes,
and you put it over there   with the other half of
the, whatever it is.   [music]   [music]   NARRATOR:
Do you use Facebook,   Twitter, or
other social media?   Connect with us to get
immediate access to behind   the scenes
videos, previews,   and other Postcards
and Pioneer news.   NARRATOR:
The Morris Movie
Theatre not only has had a   rich history, but is
also a compelling story   of community involvement.   (reading)
Theatre ranks as one of the finest in this section. Modern equipment,
rich furnishings and decorations:
Future theatre.  Okay,   (reading)
The Morris
represents one of the largest building jobs
undertaken in the city in many years and is a
noteworthy addition to the city.  Well the Morris Movie
Theatre has a really long   history in Morris.   It’s been in its present
location since 1940 and   people would go to the
movies all the time,   it was a big, it was a big
event to go to the movies,   you know it was
always sold out.   There’s a lot of pictures
in the collection of   people standing in line
in front of the movie   theatres, in front of
the Morris Movie Theatre.   One of the first movies
I remember going to,   I was about seven years
old and we stood in line   around the block to get
into the movie and of   course the movie was
a very popular one,   it wasGone
with the Wind.  Long movie, all the seats
were full including up in   the balcony and I’ve
been fascinated   with the movie theatre
ever since then.   The woman in this picture
is Ruth Darling who was   born and raised here
in Morris, Minnesota,   and these diary entries
are from a period   of time from 1942
to 1947 while she   went to the Morris Theatre.   November 29, 1942.   (reading)
Abbott and Costello in
Pardon my Saronghad mother and I just
doubled over today. The theatre was packed. People gave up dignity to shove for a place in line.  I also think that it’s
got a lot of memories for   people, people who have
remained in the area.   And I think it’s still
a gathering place to a   certain extent that people
like to see remain in   their community.   In Morris, on
Atlantic Avenue,   there were two
smaller theatres,   and they were in
competition until this guy   came to Morris and his name was   St. Boniface James Benfield,   and he was known as Bonnie.   And Bonnie was an
interesting character.   He smoked cigars and you
know had the cool fedora   hats and things
like that so anyway.   So he, he bought the two
theatres and then he in   1937 he started talking
about building a new one.   Okay,   (reading)
The theatre has a
capacity of 811 patrons, nearly 300 more than the
capacity of The Strand. In the balcony in addition
to the patron seats are located the
projection booth, a crying room where
parents of fretful children might take the
youngsters and still be able to see and
hear the show, though other patrons
will be undisturbed.  It used to be
called a crying room.   So back when
people would come,   the whole family would
come to the movies in the   40s and 50s and 30s,
you’d bring your kids and   sometimes your
kids would cry,   and that would
bother people.   So they would come up
here to this room   and I’m afraid it’s
covered up but there’s   a glass window there
behind that Styrofoam   and speakers, so you
could sit up here and   your babies would howl
and mom would enjoy the   movie that way, ha-ha,
and dad and the kids   would be downstairs or
vice versa if   it was a
less sexist family.   It was between keeping it
as a movie theatre or it   would turn into a church.   It was just a last minute
meeting that was called.   We knew that we wanted
to save the movie theatre   cause we wanted to keep   first-run movies in Morris.   Initially
we became an LLC,   just and then throughout
the fall of 2007 we were   trying to figure out what
was the best way for us to   operate, and we
learned that becoming a   cooperative was probably
going to work best for   getting the most members.   Most small town theatres
are individually owned.   One part where we’re
unique is that we’re a   cooperative, and
we have member,   and we’re member
driven, and we need   a lot of member support.   So our first goal
was to pay off   and own the theatre.   And within the first year
we actually paid off the   115,000 dollars we’d
taken out in loans   to buy the theatre.   And then we wanted to try
and do some renovations,   we hope to do, eventually
to get multiple screens,   we want to keep the
character of the theatre,   the 1939, 1940 art
deco streamline modern.   And the even more
original 1930s carpet.   And the exterior
was a little bit in,   in tough shape.   The stucco was
falling off,   it had gotten
water damage,   the windows, some of
em were in bad shape.   The vitrolite, which is
that kind of glass if you   look at the exterior,
it’s kind of that glassy,   ceramic like
kind of thing,   that material was popular
back in the early 30s,   40s, maybe early 50s
for movie theatres,   a lot of downtown
businesses like   restaurants and
so forth so kind   of a shiny material.   And we had a lot of those
pieces were broken and   they don’t, they stopped
making that stuff   back in the 1950s.   We also had glass blocks
out there that were broken   like decorative
glass blocks.   And then we had the neon
was all broken so we had   the company come in from
Alexandria and repaired   our neon lights and our
marquee lights and   got the building painted.   We got the
stucco repaired,   so now we’ve got the
outside of the theatre   looking very much
like it would have   when it was first built.   In Morris we have
lost a lot of our,   you know the physical
history of the older   buildings and so on and
so this is a really fun   building for a town
like this and it was one I   wanted to keep
going but mostly,   I want the movies in town
and I’m willing to you   know, do my
bit to help out.   It’s fun.   It’s just an asset for the
community and it really   helps every other business
in town because if people   are going out of town
to go to the movies,   whether it’s taking their
kids or they want to go   see a movie or whatever,
they’re taking their   business out of town too.   I wanted people to be able
to have a place that they   could bring their children
to see the movies because   I have four grandchildren.   I wanted them to be able
to go see cool movies and   to be able to just go to
my local movie theatre.   (popcorn popping)   Support your local
movie theatre,   come and see
the movies with us,   we’d love to have you.   (theatre lobby sounds)
Thank you, enjoy the show!   NARRATOR:
Do you have an idea   for the Postcards team?   Email us.   [email protected]   NARRATOR:
Artist Marcella
Rose expresses her passion   for nature through the
mediums of painting   and metalwork design.   [music]   [music]   My name
is Marcella Rose.   I’m an artist, I
paint, sculpt,   and design jewelry,
and I live in   Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.   [music]   I like
to paint animals,   I love to paint nature and
it’s all divine to me so   bringing out that
divineness in matter is   what counts for me.   I, I love the beauty of
it and I like listening to   the messages.   I’m completely in the
moment and I just look at   the image and let, and put
some paint on there and   watch it happen.   Basically I just kind
of let it come through   because I don’t have
any preconceived idea.   (ambient sound)   I can’t paint buildings, I
can’t paint fence posts,   I can’t paint anything
that’s manmade   for some reason.   It’s like that old
thing about I can’t draw a   straight line,
I can’t do it.   No I, I got to stick with
something that’s breathing   and living and alive.   [music]   As a little
girl I’ve always,   I’ve always drawn.   I started out drawing
horses actually and I   started doing fashion
illustration and just went   into
advertising illustration,   but I always kept my love
for doing anything with   nature so, I
always did that.   [music]   [music]   Here we
have “Compassion.”   It’s a pelican.   I was inspired as soon
as we moved up here   to Pelican Rapids.   Pelicans are very
compassionate animals as   they will
actually save their,   save their young by
taking their own life.   Then we have
“Promise of Glory.”   A loon, I hear
them every day,   off and on all day long.   We have a little family living   right out front here.   Blue heron of course,
they’re all over   around here.   The water birds
are abundant.   The trumpeter swans
are out front   especially in the spring.   This piece right here is,
it’s depictive of just,   just spirit,
just pure spirit,   its called
“Renew and Recharge.”   [music]  Unattached
observer in this world, not of it; journey
beyond opposites, the language of
transcendence.  [music]  Sincerity, honesty, enthusiasm, tenderness,
goodness and grace, abundance of life.  I do write for my
paintings a lot of times   it’s just like whatever
comes through to me once   the artwork is done.   And it’s usually
in a prose format,   cause I don’t call myself
a writer but it just kind   of comes through.   So I usually
include that on the,   you know on the back of an
article or on my website.   I eventually like to put a
book together and then put   everything in there.   [music]   I love to
design jewelry;   it just feels like
fine art that lasts   for a very long time.   I can cast in
silver or gold.   This particular pendant,
“Embrace the Fire Within,”   which I’m
wearing right here,   is all about empowerment.   It’s a symbol of inner
strength and passion,   it’s like a tactile
affirmation basically,   you can feel it
with your hand,   it was made to
hold right there.   So that’s “Embrace
the Fire Within.”   Then I have “Radiance,”
which is like a little   star, which is basically
this same symbol times   four, it’s like for
the four directions,   four seasons,
it’s represented,   representative
of consciousness,   creativity, compassion,
and cooperation.   And that I have in a
pendant and in earrings.   Every, all of my jewelry
is sculpted in wax and   cast in silver or gold.   I just started playing
with wax one day and   melting it with a
hot tool and I love   the feeling of it.   It was again a lot
like the oil paints,   just very fluid
and, and life-like.   I could get some
very interesting,   interesting things in it
so I just kept doing it.   I just started doing it on
my own and then I did take   a small course in casting
to learn how that was done   and found out that that’s
not something I want to do   so I actually
hire that out.   But the actual design and
creation of the piece is   my own and I
self taught there.   [music]   And this is a
portrait of Bobby Vee.   I was invited to be part
of the invitational at the   Rourke Museum last year
and the theme was the   American Songbook, so it
was just a no brainer for   me to paint Bobby Vee
since I listen to him   all the time.   So then when I, I painted
it and I contacted the Vee   family, they suggested
that I bring it over and   they could see it and
Bobby loved it so much   that he actually
signed it for me so   this is his signature.   [music]   [music]   I want people
to be inspired.   I want people to just
see, see the divine in   themselves by seeing it
come through the painting   I think because that’s
what I’m trying to portray   and I just believe if
somebody’s looking at that   they will pick up on the
same feeling that I had   perhaps when I was in
the moment painting and   inspire them to do it you
know the fact that I do   believe that we’re all
artists and most people   don’t seem to believe that
but it’s a way of life and   when I’m
painting I don’t hear,   see, feel anything
else I’m just there and I   believe that that
is a connection   with the divine.   I would like them to have
that same experience and   find their own,
their own path,   their own excitement,
their own passion.   [music]   NARRATOR:
Have you
missed a show   you’d like to see?   Pioneer on Demand has
all of your favorite   productions available
to watch online at your   convenience, including   past episodes of Postcards.   ANNOUNCER:
This program on
Pioneer Public Television   is funded by the Minnesota
Arts and Cultural Heritage   Fund, with money
from the vote of   the people of Minnesota   on November fourth, 2008.   Additional support
provided by Mark and   Margaret-Yackel Juleen, in
honor of Shalom Hill Farm,   a non-profit, rural
education retreat center   in a beautiful prairie
setting near Windom in   southwestern Minnesota,   The Arrowwood Resort
and Conference Center.   Your ideal choice for
Minnesota resorts offering   luxury town homes,
18 holes of golf,   Darling Reflections
Spa, Big Splash Waterpark,   and much more.   Alexandria, Minnesota, a
relaxing vacation or great   location for an event.   Easy to get to,
hard to leave.   [Postcards theme music]   Captioned by Pioneer
Public Television
[Postcards theme music]  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *