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State Parks & Reservoirs > State Parks & Reservoirs > The history of Indiana's state parks The history of Indiana's state parks

"Indiana State Parks: Treasures in Your Own Backyard," a new documentary, tells the story of the staff, visitors, cWinter at Indiana State Parkshallenges and natural and cultural resources of Indiana State Parks since their beginning in 1916.

This production premiered in August 2009 on WTIU, Public Television from Indiana University. It is a companion to the new Ken Burns documentary on the national parks system that aired in the fall of 2009, and is one of the first events in preparation for the Indiana State Parks Centennial Celebration in 2016.

WTIU developed the show in high definition in partnership with the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs.

WTIU producer/director Ron Prickel spent hundreds of hours visiting state parks, talking with staff and combing through historic photos and film. Composer Nathanael Pangrazio wrote the original score to accompany videography featuring several state parks in four seasons. Ronald Keaton narrated. A preview is at www.indianapublicmedia.org/stateparks.

Summer at Indiana State ParksMost Indiana PBS stations have shown this production at some point since its initial release in late August. Check your local PBS station for additional opportunities to view it.

The 60-minute DVD is now available for purchase at state park inn gift shops or online at http://www.innsgifts.com/.

For an overview of the unique natural features, cultural history and stories that make each Indiana state park and reservoir a unique place to visit, download the booklet "Discovering a Sense of Place: A Guide for Teachers, Students and Families."