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Through the facilities of this station and the National Association of educational broadcasters Michigan State College presents a pathway to progress. By means of a grant from the fund for adult education an independent organization established by the Ford Foundation radio station WKRN by recording brings you the Great Lakes pathways to progress.
The Great Lakes region composed labors of millions of people working together in our home. All the drivers of business activity the beauty of nature and the. View. Of the Great Lakes region. As a way to progress. The song of life in the Great Lakes is created by many kinds of music blended melodies of people that
play on the move from every part of this great region comes another addition to the grand symphonic total quiet tones from the countryside thundering chords from the factory districts uniting harmonies from the vehicles of transportation and a strong perpetual strength from the lakes themselves. Created.
In the wilderness. In the region of the education. At the door on summer evenings Little Hiawatha heard the whispering of the pine tree is heard the lapping of the waters sounds of music. Words of Wonder Man does not live by bread alone and man's longing for beauty was never weakened by the rigors of life's hard work. The Indians heard the music of nature and the early people of the lake country brought their music along. A few old world whistled over the continental trail. Old songs home and as the pioneer farmer trapped behind his plough hymns of devotion and sung in the settlement church these simple melodies reminded the subtler of things left behind. Given the thread of connection from the Old World to the New York or from the sea coast to the
Midwestern plains linking the present with the memories of the past and encouraging the soul to peer hopefully in the direction of things to come. His well remembered something of softness and beauty today is of hard work and drudgery and pave the way into the wilderness for the other arts to enter and find sanctuary and one of the first to appear in the early days was the art of painting. Government appointed artists accompanied military expeditions sketching their progress or recording scenes depicting the ways of life of the Indians. I turn around spent the long winters painting a stock of portraits complete except for the faces and travelled around the countryside seeking commissions to paint in the countenances of bombers all their families. Is there only a peaceable traveling artists seeking shelter for a night.
Are those I'll hear. I'm afraid there ain't much we can do for you sir. Oh perhaps there is. Look here you see these fine canvases I've been carrying on my back there but awaiting the addition of some face of character like your own server to be applied with the skill of my brushes. And I have another here on which to paint a likeness of your wife. Well we don't go in much for pitchers out here and besides that we can spend no money for such things. Look well at the dust on my clothes and face you see before you a very weary and very hungry man tired from many miles of wandering this savage country. I would be most happy to treat a pair of portraits for the blessing of to night's lodging and meals with you would I. Well now we ain't got nothing fancy an air but you're welcome to come on in. And I don't know it seems like it might be nice to have something to start a pretty up the place a bit. Sarah Sarah get a dipper of water for this fall and
warm up that Venice and you need some vittles. And he's going to paint or pictures of the region the wandering artist viewed as he rambled from village to village became fertile ground for the growth of widespread popular interest in art. The settlements grew into busy towns and then into gigantic cities that established museums and art galleries to shelter the artist's work and display it to the people. The acceptance and encouragement of the graphic arts is underscored by its unique position in the culture of this region. Art is taught in the public schools published in the university art departments perfected in the special schools and art colony is then raised a statue by display in the famous galleries. It is increasingly popular art by and for the people. Nature is Master canvas of the Great Lakes region has been a unique and stimulating haven for the development of fine art. The possibilities for its future achievement are unlimited.
The first literature of the lake country was written by the Jesuit missionaries recording their experiences in the famous relations of these childish meteors are filled with great wonderment at beholding such as a magnet. Well glass lens or particularly our tiny piece all this seems to gain their affection and makes them more in respect to the admirable and in comprehensible mysteries of our fate. For the opinion they have of our genius and best he makes them believe whatever returned. Nov. 16. There are people who want to be able to live there. So say she oh she says. As settlement progressed newspaper writers took up their trade in the Great Lakes area and it laid the groundwork for the growth of a new American literature and cleared the way for a great host of important American writers. Among them were Christopher shuls of
Milwaukee when invented the typewriter and the Charles Hammond of a Cincinnati Gazette a constant and forceful advocate of free speech and a free press. His career prompted Daniel Webster to say of him child heaven is the greatest genius who ever wielded the political pen in the missionary's journals explorers diaries the columns of front era newspapers the late country start up its history and its literature. Great authors emerged to contribute significantly to the nation's culture. Henry from Ohio became the acknowledged master of the short story Theodore Dreiser of Indiana and Sinclair Lewis of Minnesota pioneer and American realistic fiction. Mary Roberts Rinehart of Philadelphia a poet of novels short stories and play is the one eagerly waiting public across the nation. Poet Edgar Guest diversified the beauty of everyday life and Ella Wheeler Wilcox captured the keynote of her generation in one line and the world laughs with you.
From every corner of the Great Lakes region has proved its literary the development of new writers goes on. Writers of the Great Lakes area as Lake Country industry is in the. Progress of the region's culture and. From the music in their heart.
And the great industrial cities fostered world famous symphony orchestras like the Minneapolis Symphony an outstanding example of cultural achievement. Supported financially by American businessman housed in the auditorium of an educational institution the University of Minnesota. Inspired and directed through the years by mutant musical artists of many nationalities. German Belgian. And Greek the Miter metropolis. Like the Chicago Symphony housed an orchestra hall that was built with the contributions of more than 8000 Chicago people like the Rochester the Cleveland Symphony the Detroit Symphony and so on throughout the region on every side of the Great Lakes in every city large enough to support one. You will find a civic Symphony Orchestra.
One of music's most unique institutions by the way is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region in the woodlands where promising young musicians from all over America make an annual pilgrimage summer to study music and play music in the doors. Here are a few miles southwest of Traverse City lying between two lakes with nestling in the pines is dedicated to America's future. Interlochen where music is the essence of life for a time where they practice with the bands. Oh wait a minute Cheri I think we made a couple of mistakes there. I can't seem to get that right in the way it should be played out. Well let's break it up for a few minutes. I've been working at it for four hours straight. Let's refresh the outlook a little. You know you go ahead. I'll keep out until I get this right.
The national music camp at Interlochen was founded by Dr. Joseph E. Maddy professor of music at the University of Michigan. Dr. Matty and understanding man of great vision knew the problems of young musicians. He was studying violin himself at five years of age and several other instruments by the time he was seven. At 17 he was playing viola and clarinet in the Minneapolis symphony. Mattie was interested in the broad horizons of all American music embracing the finest of the world's classics. The stirring power of the concert March the looting melody of the old folk songs he keenly felt the need of finding ways to bring that music to the nation's young musicians. He envisioned the outstanding young musicians of the country playing together at one time joining their talents in an entirely new and different type of musical performance at the music supervisors national conference in Chicago in April of 1928.
Your attention boys and girls. As most of you know this is the third gathering of musicians for a national high school orchestra. This orchestra has been going over very well last year in Dallas. We first discussed the idea of a summer music camp where students could work and play together for a period of several weeks. Are we really going to have a music camp. Well I can't say for sure as yet. But here in Chicago today we have more than 300 musicians representing most of the states in the country. And we have one week of rehearsal time. I want to ask all of you to work very very hard and give your best not only for the sake of this promising orchestra but also to illustrate the possibilities of a national music camp for the young musicians of America.
All right. Ready. Please stop with the first movement. Howard Hanson director of the Eastman School of Music Frederick stock conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Joseph McGee conducted the concert under their inspired baton as the young musicians from all over America played their hearts out with a fervor only equaled in the world of music. And a. Thrilling concert to compel him in favor of the proposed music camp. It was established at Interlochen in that summer of 1928 on land donated by Willis Pennington who also arranged to feed the students from his hotel. 115 students came from 25 states. Many were sent by schools and clubs. Others came on scholarships. Some came at their own expense. All were picked for their musical ability. The camp was a success musically the very first season
but financially it came out in the red. It took many years to build up the national music camp but Dr. Matt is fortitude and the support of interested groups and individuals made an outstanding musical and educational institution. Only one of its kind in the world. Many distinguished composers and guest conductors visit Interlochen all of them to Interlochen a vast workshop of music this summer. It's a music career. In the Country of the
music. That exciting Harold are learning throughout the expression. Work. Colleagues is all learning wisdom. The scope of the foundation stones of the thousands of high schools and colleges located in the lake country their years have been marked by milestones of progress even while men bent their backs to the task of carving civilization from the forests that minds were thinking about schools for their children. They believed profoundly in the future they were building and they worked to give the following generation advantages they could never hope to achieve for themselves as villages and towns. The one room schoolhouse appeared on the scene destined to become a revered American institution.
The core curriculum for the day and perhaps the village minister one of the settlers who just a little more Brooklyn and then his neighbors in time acquire the services of a schoolmarm transition to systematic educate. Early universities were generally founded by the various religious denominations to train their ministry to provide teachers for their schools to establish centers of knowledge and culture in the growing interior lands. The combined efforts of different denominations sometimes resulted in the establishment of new schools. Catholic father Gabriele Rashad and Presbyterian Reverend John Mundy of the United their efforts and secured a charter from the Michigan territorial legislature in 1817. Father Rashad and Rev.. Where the original faculty of the University of Michigan considered today one of the leading universities of the world Union College in Schenectady was founded in
1795 through the efforts of citizens of all faiths in the region displayed a growing interest in education throughout the 19th century Ohio University carried the light of learning a century and a half ago chartered an 18 for Miami University of Ohio was opened in 89 and the University of Wisconsin held its first classes in 1850. In Michigan there was rising awareness of the need for farm education and this need was given voice by the rural people and supported by educational leaders as early as 1844. That's real winner win there tonight. Take twice as much would to keep a fire don't worry about the wood matter. We've got plenty. Anything new in the paper. Yes seems to be a lot going on around the country. Another new sawmill
at Muskegon place of Florida going up next spring they say. Then the legislature is still wrangling about where to put the state capital. I hear there was talk going to put in the capital in Lansing Township. That's what I heard at the lady's meeting last week. That's right. They asked me the legislature should be spending less time arguing about where to put the capital and more about what to do for the people. What do you mean. Well. I've been thinking a lot lately about Billy. He's out doing the chores now but he'll be in pretty quick. Yes I know. What I mean is. I'm thinking about Billy's future. There was some place we could send him to get more school. But he likes it here on the farm Well I know he does but that's what I'm driving at. If billy sticks with farming for a living he's got a lot to learn and you don't learn it all for me. Young feller like him ought to have a college where he could study agriculture and machinery and the like.
Is getting to be more and more science to farming every year you know. Maybe so but there just isn't any such school. Well well it's just like I was discussing with some of the other men a while back. If the young farmer men could look forward to some sort of organized school where they could really learn something a whole lot of them would be happier to stick with farming. Forget about trying to work in the lumber camps. I'm going over and have a talk with supervisor Lanston tomorrow. He's coming in with the milk pails now. Good. We'll talk it over with him too. The Michigan legislature responded to this growing demand for farm education and an 1855 chartered the first agricultural college in America. Michigan Agricultural College is located in East Lansing near the state capitol. Its first years were difficult and marked by a lack of funds facilities and conveniences. The original students as a matter of fact supplemented their class work and incomes with three hours work per day on the college farm. And they see as this school was called
gave its students practical agricultural experience and managed to conduct useful experiments. The clamor for colleges to teach the finer points of farming and manufacturing continued to be heard in other states and MACV became the model for similar institutions. And partly as a result of MACV success the United States Congress passed one of the most beneficial acts in the country's history. Even though the nation was in the midst of a civil war the legislators took time to consider the future of youth and the future of learning. They passed a land grant college Act which had been introduced by Senator Justin S. Morial of Vermont. The moral act came before the president on July 2nd 1862 college in each state where the leading Dick she will be with out excluding other scientific and classical studies. And including military tactics to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture in the mechanical arts. In such manner as the legislatures of the states may
respectively prescribe in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in this several pursuits and professions of life. And the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes agriculture and the mechanical arts. If only I might have occasion to sign more documents like this instead of the endless orders of war. The land grant college Act became law as the president affixed his signature. Abraham Lincoln. The moral act granted each state an amount of public land equal to
30000 acres for each senator and representative in Congress. The proceeds from the sale of these lands would become a perpetual fund for the endowment support and maintenance of the land grant schools 69 colleges and universities have been established or supported by land grant funds. In this way the government of the United States fashioned out of grassroots America literally from the land itself the foundation for higher education on a nationwide basis. Every college can take pride in its individual achievements. Each university has added something to the sum total of advancement enjoyed in this region the as the land of the Great Lakes owes much of its preeminence as a region to the contributions of its numerous educational institutions and looks to them for leadership in the never ending journey on the pathways of progress.
The phenomenal growth of education Fine Arts and Science in the lake region has taken place for a short time and has a history of culture is made. From to talk about a concert hall from 10 show to Civic Theatre from country schoolhouse to great university from wilderness sketches to world famous art galleries from Pioneer diary to literary masterpiece The keynote of Great Lakes culture is progress. The viewpoint is toward the future the art and many parts of the world seems to have stagnated and turned to feeding off itself. It's virile and growing in this part of America. The artists musicians teachers and writers of the lake region live in an area rich in natural resources wealthy and prosperous business and history and agriculture an area thickly populated with a well-educated well fed well housed people with a growing appetite for the finer things in life. They await the new artists and the new
art the ears are already listening for the beauty of the music of the future. Music with well with some quality of eternity the same music which the tall figure of on my own heard long ago as he gazed out over the shining Big Sea Water. What thoughts and visions of fiery brains of a young man. What dreams of beauty filled the heart of Hiawatha. The listener will hear it the music of life played in the stirring inspiring in its vitality and blending every note every voice and went on and to the right temple as the tree. Returns and continue.
Pathways to progress: The Great Lakes
Frontier of fine arts
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Michigan State University
WKAR (Radio/television station : East Lansing, Mich.)
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This program focuses on the growth of culture and fine art in the Great Lakes region.
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A 13-part documentary drama about the economic impact of the Great Lakes region in the United State.
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Director: Kushler, Dave
Funder: Fund for Adult Education (U.S.)
Producing Organization: Michigan State University
Producing Organization: WKAR (Radio/television station : East Lansing, Mich.)
Researcher: Honsowetz, Duane
Writer: LaGuire, Al
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Identifier: 55-33-12 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:29:38
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