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Thursday, January 31, 2013

"A Century In Stone" to Air on PBS

Contact: Anne Belanger
Presque Isle District Library
989-734-2477, ext. 241
181 E. Erie Street
Rogers City, MI  49779
Presque Isle District Library


The Historical Documentary, A Century in Stone Airs on PBS


The historical documentary, A Century in Stone, produced through the Presque Isle District Library in partnership with Bon Ami filmworks, LLC will air on PBS station, WCMU, channel 6 on Tuesday, February 5th  at 10:30am; Wednesday, February 6th  at 5:00pm; and Sunday, February 10th  at 5:30pm.   

A Century in Stone celebrates 100 years of limestone operation and the achievements of the people who have worked at the Calcite quarry in Northeast Michigan. The Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company founded in1910, began its operations in 1912. The aggregate stone was used to help build warships in WWI and WWII, built the interstate highway system spanning the United States, the Mackinac Bridge, and even products that are used daily including toothpaste.

This compelling story relates the historical impact of the limestone quarry within the region and the nation spanning 100 years. It is told through the eyes of a historian/author, a professional paleontologist, subject matter experts, plant retirees spanning 70 years worth of stories, and selected digitized stills from the “Calcite Collection” (a digitized collection consisting of 35,000 historical images dating from 1900-1985).

A Century in Stone includes segments of digitized footage from the two-time Emmy-award winning film, November Requiem, (a feature-length documentary about the sinking of the SS Carl D. Bradley and loss of the crew in 1958 with 23 men from Rogers City).

The documentary received full grant funding for production and post production phases through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant – Cheboygan Area Arts Council Regranting Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United Communities Foundation serving Presque Isle County. 

For more information, please contact Anne Belanger at the Presque Isle District Library, 989-734-2477, ext. 241.

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