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Program Listing Summary

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Cable Car The Slovenians Of Haughville: The inaugural episode of the series examines the early history of the incorporated town on Indianapolis' near west side. Learn why the death of a fraternal brother and lodge member could bring this community and its industry to a screeching halt.

Mayors Of Indianapolis: This program focuses on three mayors that served our city during the 1950s and '60s — Alex Clark, Charlie Boswell and John Barton. Each mayor is interviewed and featured in historic film footage. The mayors talk about the contributions that they made to the community. Film footage highlighting Indianapolis in the 1950s during Alex Clark's post-war rebuilding is featured in the episode.

Indianapolis German Immigrants: This documentary focuses on the traditions, culture, religion, community and business contributions of Indianapolis' German Immigrants. One of Indianapolis' larger ethnic groups, Germans primarily resided on the city's near south side. The program examines the German Social Club, the Edelweiss, as a lighthearted, humorous portion of the program, complete with historical footage.

Roger BrownThe Indiana Pacers: The ABA Years: This hour-long documentary examines the glory days of the Indiana Pacers, when they were in the American Basketball Association and won three ABA Championships. The program is laced with rarely-seen footage of the Pacers in all of their glory. Many of the key players and Coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard are featured. Players include Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Billy Keller, George McGinnis, Bob Netolicky, Freddie Lewis and Rick Mount.

The Life And Times Of President Benjamin Harrison: The first and only documentary ever produced on Indiana's only president. The program features the private photo collection from the Harrison family that was donated specifically for this documentary and later given to the Harrison Home Museum. The documentary features a chronicled life of the President and interviews of Harrison scholars. Portions of this program were incorporated into a presidential collection produced by CBS.

Indiana's Greek Immigrants: This episode examines the contributions and culture of Indiana's Greek Immigrants. The program also features highlights from the annual Greek Festival, held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Indianapolis. Included are interviews of many first-generation Greek immigrants to Indianapolis. The program is rich with old home-movies that portray Greek life in Indianapolis. Winner of Hometown USA Video Festival National Award for best Cultural Documentary.

Old Transportation Indiana's Italian Immigrants: This episode examines the contributions and culture of Indiana's Italian Immigrants, focusing on those who moved into Indianapolis's near south side. This program pays particular attention to the religious changes within Holy Rosary Church of Indianapolis and how that affected the Italian community. The program features many old home-movies chronicling the life of Indianapolis' Italian Community.

Indiana's Irish Immigrants: This one-hour documentary examines all aspects of early Irish life in Indiana and Indianapolis. The program chronicles the contributions many prominent Irish made, including that of the McNamara Family and Mayor Tom Taggart. Laced with old home-movies dating back to the 1920s, the documentary features many first-generation Irish Immigrants who moved to our community. 

Family Photo Indiana's African-American Community: This hour-long documentary features the cultural richness, business and political contributions of the African-American Community. The program also examines the many musical contributions made. Rare historical film footage, dating as far back as the 1920s, chronicles early life for African-Americans in Indianapolis. The program also examines religious life, and a lengthy segment focuses on Crispus Attucks High School. This episode has won numerous national awards, including the first-ever NATOA Impact Award and an ACE Nomination by the National Cable Academy.

Indiana's Jewish Immigrants: This episode focuses on the diverse culture of the many aspects of Indianapolis different Jewish factions. The program examines the many business contributions as well as how their holiday traditions differ from the mainstream. The program is laced with home-movies that chronicle Jewish life as far back as the 1920s. The episode also features Holocaust survivors sharing their experience. This nationally-awarded episode has been honored with a CableACE nomination and at the Hometown USA Video Festival. 1996 NATOA Impact Award recipient.

Cable Cars The Story Of Broad Ripple: This documentary looks at the founding of Broad Ripple and how the community has evolved through the years up to the early 1950s. The program examines Broad Ripple High School, Labraico's Pharmacy and the White City Park. Early residents reminisce about a community so unique and dear to their hearts. The program is laced with old home-movies of the community.

Ballteam The History Of Professional Baseball In Indiana: More than any other episode of Hoosier History, this program unveils historical accounts of events not previously known. Learn about Indiana's legacy to major league baseball, its birth to three teams currently in the major leagues, and how Indianapolis came within a whisker of playing the winner of the World Series for a winner-take-all world title. Find out about the many Hall of Famers who played in Indianapolis.

The Tale Of Irvington: The History of Irvington is chronicled in this episode that examines the famous Irvington Push Cart Races, Hilton U. Brown, Butler University, Howe High School, and much more. Early residents talk about Irvington's past and the days when Butler University was situated in Irvington. Howard Caldwell reminisces about going to Linders Ice Cream for treats after school. This documentary is loaded with film footage, going back as far as the 1920s, of the community and the unusual homes located in Irvington. This program won an Emmy Nomination and the Citation Award for the 1993 Indiana Film and Video Competition.

John Dillinger John Dillinger: The life of Indiana's most notorious gangster is chronicled in this episode that features exclusive photographs and interviews from family and friends that have never been heard from. Follow Dillinger as he moves from his hard-scrabble neighborhood in the Brightwood section of Indianapolis to the farm in Mooresville. What was Dillinger really like?

A Tribute To Fort Benjamin Harrison: Before the Fort closed and the history moved along with it, Hoosier History chronicled the beginnings of Ft. Harrison as President Teddy Roosevelt complied with the wishes of the Harrison family to name a military establishment in Harrison's honor. From Indian establishments along Fall Creek to the Home of the Army and Military Dollar, this episode documents and pays tribute to the rich history and many contributions of a mainstay in the Indianapolis and Lawrence Community.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Attempts were being made as early as 1896 to establish a municipal symphony orchestra in Indianapolis. The ISO which exists today was finally founded in 1930. Its history is a story of growth, controversy, dedication, and the realization of a dream.

Hoosier History episodes are available for viewing or checkout at the Indianapolis - Marion County Public Library. Episodes have been encoded and uploaded for online streaming from this Channel 16 webpage. (Click on episode titles above to see full-length archived online videos.) And DVDs may be purchased at cost by calling Station Manager Ken Montgomery at 327-2016, or you may click here to get more details on owning your own copies.