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“Our Town: Mount Union” Production Date Success

Posted by Whitney on 07/09 at 09:40 AM

WPSU production team Whitney Chirdon, Kevin Conaway, Cole Cullen and Chris Younken spent a day capturing stories from the Mount Union community.

Welcomed into the area with support from the HIstorical Society, who graciously donated the historic Sharrar House and Price House as the site for interview production, the WPSU team made fast friends with the 24 volunteer storytellers.  Stories from fun folks like Mary Lou Peduzzi and Georgianna Abrashoff (also known as Thelma & Louise), Gretchen Burkholder Crouse, Curt Whitesel, and Dan Brown, among others will promise to present a program full of the character and culture of Mount Union.  With a few days of editing already underway in the expert hands of Dick Knupp, we can see this program will thrill the Mount Union residents!  Stay tuned for updates…and mark your calendars for the broadcast premiere on Thursday, August 19 at 8 p.m. on WPSU-TV (PBS).

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08/14 at 11:25 PM
Camp Hill, PA

As a former Mount Union native, I look forward with great anticipation to the airing of this photo-documentary.  I live outside the 29 county broadcast range in the Harrisburg area. I am advised however this broadcast will be simultaneously offered as a webcast on your website.

I know the key people identified as primary contributors and coordinators for this event. I’m sure I know many other folks who have participated to make this event become a reality.  I have great pride in the rich historical heritage my hometown possesses.  I am further thrilled that it has been documented and compiled for presentation on your “Our Town” television series. Thank you for helping to make this vision become a reality and success.

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08/18 at 02:54 PM

I did not know about your documentary, however I wonder about the diversity that will be displayed in this documentary.  I see no named people of color having been connected to this history.  Therefore, let me know the status of this information.  When documenting info regarding Mt. Union, of course you are getting some needed exposure for this area’s history and real stories.  However, it is definitely important to get the story correct with the diverse aspect because it is an important part of the history. 
As a former Historical Society member, the diversity of putting the real information into perspective is really important.  Therefore, let me know what you think and what I can do.  I would not want to see a documentary that is limited to only certain parts of the town when there is some very good diverse history about Mt. Union and the industries that made it what it is now and was then.
If I can be of assistance let me know.  Also, I would be interest in getting a recording of this information.  Also, thanks for do our town mt. union.

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08/18 at 05:54 PM
Boone NC

Our family has spent several memorable weekends in Mount Union. We brought our children Maeve and Freddy (III) there for family fun and events. We have experienced many life events through this town with many generations on both sides of the family (Cunningham and Calupca) with Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles Cousins…marriage,birthdays, anniversaries, birth, sickness, and death. Some favorite activities: golf at the Legion Course and Pool, The Stone House,  Cunningham Compound, Division Street, Mc Donalds came to town,Treking over the mountain to State College, fun on the Juniata..first question asked when a trip was planned How high in the River?, getting snowed in ON PURPOSE, sledding down the club hill.

We will be watching on the internet on Thursday..Thanks Aunt Nancy for the heads up.

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08/19 at 08:07 PM
Atlanta, GA 30360

We are natives of the area but since we live in Atlanta, please advise how we can view the documentary on the web.

Thanks to my sister Nancy for advising us about the show.

Best Regards,

Dick and Mary

Posted by Mark D Simpson
08/20 at 07:02 AM
Charlottesville, Va

I noticed a comment from Fred Cunnigham Jr. If he is a descendant of Dr. Cunnigham - he is well aware that there were at one time 3 doctors in MU = Drs. Shatz, McClain & Cunningham. I remember 5-6 hour stints in Dr. Cunningham’s waiting room with my mother. Dr Cunningham would leave to deliver a baby @ J C Blair hospital (in Huntingdon) and his patients waited for his return.

John Hudacik and I once walked from Mt. Union to Huntingdon (and back in one day) along Rt. 22, with side journeys to my grandmother Lightner’s in Ardenheim, my uncle Fred Rupert’s farm and side trips through Mill Creek and Mapleton. We had plenty of offers to ride in autos but we insisted on walking the whole trip. Try that today !

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08/23 at 02:44 PM

Thank you to Mount Union, both current and past residents who watched “Our Town: Mount Union” last Thursday night.  The response we received was overwhelming! Your support showcased the pride you have in the area and for the folks who graciously donated their time and creativity as storytellers for the program.  Your generosity will help us continue to share local stories with viewers throughout central PA!

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