Meet parents who adopted children with the assistance of the national organization Adopt America Network, based in Toledo, Ohio. Adopted children put into words what it feels like to finally belong to a real family. Their stories are heartfelt and inspiring.
It takes a village to raise a festival.
Each year the tiny village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, throws opens its streets and hearts to tens of thousands of guests.
Discover the history of the Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest and get a glimpse behind the scenes as it comes together. This celebration of family, art, history, and of course, Applebutter, mobilizes hundred of volunteers... in a small town of less than a thousand.
From the moment the first spade of dirt was overturned at groundbreaking ceremonies on October 1, 2007, sports and special event fans in our region were about to enter a thrilling new era.
WGTE's original production, Arena: Building Community follows the progress of the state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly facility in downtown Toledo, beginning with the demolition of the venerable east-side sports arena and continuing through the new Arena's opening weeks in October 2009.Read more
This story chronicles the Toledo Fire Department from its inception in 1837 until the present day. Told primarily by firefighters and narrated by Jerry Anderson, the film features historic pictures, video and audio never before seen on television. Learn about technological advances, training, tactics and day-to-day life in a fire station.
Explore Ohio's fascinating era of canal boat transportation and take a look back at Ohio's early canal routes, and the lore that rose along their banks. Included are visits to operating canal boats in Roscoe Village and Canal Fulton, Ohio, plus rare, archival photographs and folk songs from this romantic era.
Rescue. Restore. Release.
These words, along with a strong spiritual grounding, comprise the very core of the Cherry Street Mission Ministries. Even after 65 years, they continue to embrace everyone who has come in need: rescuing them from the streets, restoring their dignity, and releasing them back into the world better equipped than ever. No one is turned away.Read more
This program is an exploration of the holiday traditions shared by the many ethnic groups of Northwest Ohio. Whether celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, the elements of food, family and festivity unite us all. Don’t miss this memory-filled special, featuring local families who relate their own experiences.
Find out more about Ella P. Stewart, the first practicing black pharmacist in the country; LeMaxie Glover, a nationally-recognized sculptor who taught art in the Toledo Public Schools; and Art Tatum, the legendary jazz musician fom Toledo. The program includes recollections from more contemporary African-American Leaders.
See how German immigrants helped bring this region to life. Beginning in the 1830s and continuing into the 20th century, thousands of Germans immigrated to northwest and west central Ohio, clearing the land and draining the swamp for farming, establishing businesses, and building churches that formed the hearts of their neighborhoods.
Polish immigrants settled in two distinct Toledo neighborhoods, "Lagrinka" in the north and "Kuschwantz" on the southern outskirts of the city. The Poles helped to build Toledo with a sense of pride, rooted in their desire to claim a part of it as their own.
The Creative Life reveals how four extraordinary people used their drive and imaginations to forge long and productive lives. The Arts are at the forefront of each of their individual experiences as Olga Boone and Marie Vogt share their stories and love of dance, Jon Hendricks talks about jazz and Ellen Wilt explains her journey as a visual artist. Although each has a unique background, they all have one thing in common—their passion for their art. Their stories show us how they have created lives that keep them inspired.
Familiarizes citizens with the different types of hazards they face, so they can learn how to protect themselves and find out how our public and private organizations prepare for natural disasters, chemical spills, terrorism and biological events.
Presented in conjunction with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the local Metropolitan Medical Response System, the University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus and Owens Community College, this original WGTE production explores in-depth the question: "What can I do in case of an actual emergency?"Read more
The fascinating story of Toledo's growth and development from a swampy, unsettled wilderness to a major/industrial center. Included is colorful background on the Toledo-Michigan War, and the merger of Toledo's parent communities - Port Lawrence and Vistula - and told by local historians.
In 1965, the Junior League of Toledo produced this film depicting foaming detergents, raw sewage, industrial discharges, gasping fish and algae-laden streams in the Maumee River Watershed. This film helped citizens throughout Northwest Ohio recognize that their actions were negatively affecting local waterways and proposed actions they could take to clean up the environment.
This story updates the current environmental state of the Maumee River with discussion on the today's health of this important Great Lakes watershed. This program was born from a respect for, and a desire to update the decades-old original film 'Fate of a River' that spurred public interest in saving our Northwest Ohio water resources.
Conrad Jobst, a German immigrant, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur who made Toledo his home in 1913, suffered from vascular disease. Using his expertise, he designed custom made elastic stockings that dramatically improved his condition along with countless others. Upon his death in 1957, his wife Caroline became president of their company which became the largest manufacturer of equipment designed for those afflicted with poor venous circulation.
Before her death in 1993, Caroline Jobst established an endowment fund for the creation of the Jobst Vascular Center at the Toledo Hospital and the Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan. In 2010, a $2 million grant from the Jobst Foundation transformed the Center into the Jobst Vascular Institute whose staff professionals dedicate themselves to the advancement of vascular treatment and techniques. Join WGTE as we retrace the history of the Jobst family legacy and the state of the art institute that has brought the gift of medical promise, hope and life to millions.
The DVD of "Grain: The Harold Anderson Story" includes all three episodes of the series.
The first half-hour of "Grain" begins with the immigration of Harold's father, David Anderson, Sr., who introduced his son to the flour milling industry.Read more
This Toledo Stories documentary explores the history of eight congregations of women religious in the Toledo Diocese, and reveals the inspiring and sometimes surprising missions of nuns in today's society. Find out why sisters choose to serve and how they go about making a positive difference in the world around them.
Explores the sacred spaces and awe-inspiring architectural wonders of Toledo's historic places of worship. Join Toledo Stories for a remarkable tour of some of the oldest surviving structures which first served the region’s richly diverse ethnic neighborhoods. The hour-long program showcases our grandest sacred landmarks—marvels of brilliant stained glass, intricate carvings and mosaics, soaring spires and magnificent domes—all monuments to Toledo’s unique heritage.
Highlights some of the incredible, yet little known, stories of life in Northwest Ohio during WWII. WGTE looks beyond the strategies and frontlines to examine the heroics of local soldiers and the sacrifice of their families. This collection of individual stories and shared experiences contains humorous, touching, and tragic tales including: Pprt Clinton’s Tank Company who endured the Bataan Death March and 3½ years as Japanese POWs; The war's impact on employment as local factories converted to wartime production; the history of the Rossford Ordnance Depot; Camp Perry and the German and Italian POWs who worked area farms and factories while our boys were fighting overseas; How one NW Ohio man’s dream became the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
This remarkable look at local life during wartime is a tribute to the generation who either went to war or went to work and pulled together to save the world.
For a century Toledo has been known as the “Glass City” due to the importance of Toledo as the center of America’s Glass Industry. The influence of glass extended not only to employment and economics of Northwest Ohio, but also to the culture and civic pride of the community. The power of this influence can still be experienced at the Toledo Museum of Art and the new Glass Pavilion.
Explore the glass manufacturing industry, the studio glass movement and the remarkable history of philanthropy that put Toledo on the map.Read more
Retired Toledo surgeon and noted newspaper columnist, Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, his sons and friends, undertook a series of journeys to the Indus, culminating with an expedition to locate its source high in the Himalayas.
Join Dr. Hussain and "Team Indus" and experience the incredible mountain vistas and scenic beauty of the Indus, from the mountains to the Arabian Sea.
This Toledo Stories presentation explores the remarkable 50 year history of the Studio Art Glass Movement that began at an innovative workshop held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. "Into the Fire" features glass artists from around the nation celebrating the work of three visionaries who led the original 1962 workshops; ceramics artist Harvey Littleton, chemist Dominick Labino and the Director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Otto Wittmann.
Explores how the first Muslim immigrants arrived early in the last century and developed a thriving and established community. Today, more than 20 nationalities live in the Toledo region and have found personal and financial success, a freedom of religious expression, and a new and welcoming home.
TOLEDO STORIES presents an inspirational story told by members of the Islamic Community. A variety of voices and viewpoints are expressed by long-established Toledo families, welcomed newcomers and area historians. The program explores the beauty and history of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, discusses our region's religious diversity and reveals the many fascinating paths that brought many Muslim immigrants to the Toledo area.Read more
Developed for the battlefield during World War II, the Jeep was called the wartime "limousine of Presidents and Privates" and was the vehicle of choice for transport and attack. This remarkable documentary, produced by WGTE Public Media, vividly recalls how the small and mighty Jeep carried men and supplies, acted as a power source for heat and light, served as an emergency ambulance and even acted as an altar for chaplains on the battlefield.
Follow the surprising story of the Jeep's original design, the result of hard lessons learned from the First World War. See the assembly lines at the Jeep's home in Toledo, Ohio, and hear the compelling eyewitness accounts from soldiers, Jeep plant auto workers and female test-drivers as they tell the true story of the vehicle that helped win the war.
Explores the problems that youth and their families face in America today. This compelling story is told through the eyes of those facing challenges and the professionals who have dedicated themselves to helping others overcome obstacles. The documentary follows the evolution of the Connecting Point organization in Toledo, Ohio, and their innovative programs.
Explores Lake Erie's impact on the history, economy, agriculture, recreation and industry of communities in Ohio. Using archival film, photographs, and high definition footage, WGTE illustrates how this invaluable natural resource influences virtually every aspect of the lives of those living near the lake. The program examines the geology of how the lake was created, the Native American presence, the settlement of the state, the recreation the lake provides, and the impact of industry, agriculture and human interaction on the lake itself.
This program is supported, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Read more
Glover, a Toledo native and nationally-recognized sculptor, is profiled. Generations of students benefited from Glover's expert teaching ability as an instructor in the Toledo Public Schools, and art lovers everywhere are keenly aware of Glover's unique sculpting style, whether in large-scale public places or smaller, more intimate works.
Inhale, once again, the aromas of the first floor food displays. Thread your way through the crowds to see "the giant" and find a seat in the Seaway Cafeteria for Art Barrie's "Summit Conference" radio broadcast. See where the sidewalks bustle with shoppers making plans to meet at Tiedtke's.
Founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Lourdes College has played an integral role in the education of Northwest Ohio residents, as well as the region's growth and development. Originally intended to provide educational opportunities for the Sisters, Lourdes College has expanded to include students of all ages, from all walks of life.
Today, Lourdes College is a four-year liberal arts college offering a rich variety of courses. The 2007-2008 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lourdes College. This half-hour documentary draws a fascinating portrait of the school's mission to provide a unique values-based education, all within a community grounded in learning, reverence and service.
This story documents the very beginnings of the Lutheran Home Society Orphanage, the development of the Old Folks Home and the eventual care organization that developed to serve our area today. Meet people who grew up in its care, historians and those who have spent their lives serving others.
Maumee Valley Country Day School: Tradition and Transformation
For more than 125 years, Maumee Valley Country Day School has pushed the boundaries of education to provide students with a remarkable learning experience. It is fiercely loved by its alumni, most of whom consider their years at the school as a gift and a privilege and the most important time in their lives.Read more
The development and preservation of Northwest Ohio's eight park system is detailed. Relive the history of the parks' creation and find out what each park offers in the way of beauty and recreation. Side Cut, Farnsworth/Bend View, Providence, Oak Openings, Swan Creek, Wildwood, Pearson and Secor Metroparks are profiled.
See why the Oak Openings Preserve is truly unique and worthy of preservation. From its' history as a glacial lake shore, to the challenges that commercial and residential development pose in today's world: the Oak Openings Region is one of the world's last remaining unique environments.
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"Owens Corning: A History" chronicles a company that has turned adversity into innovation, worldwide success and market leadership. Former Owens Corning CEO William "Bill" Boeschenstein and current CEO Michael Thaman are featured in the program, which begins with the firm's founding in 1938 and the discovery of glass fiber by Owens Corning inventor Games Slayter.
Discover how the firm's glass fiber materials contributed to military applications during World War II and learn about Owens Corning's role in the post-war housing boom, as well as the development of composite materials for products like the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. See how Owens Corning contributed to the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and today's monumental wind turbine blades.Read more
In 1903, Michael J. Owens patented the glass bottle making machine, and the world has never been the same since. See how the growth of O-I mirrors the path of American packaging and consumerism, as well as our new-found respect for recycling containers of glass and plastic to "Keep America Beautiful."
For more than 70 years, Toledo Ballet has been a vibrant leader in our region's performing arts community. Its acclaimed annual presentation of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, is the longest-running in the nation.
Now, for the first time, WGTE will take viewers into the world of Toledo Ballet, following young dancers as they are diligently nurtured and encouraged to achieve the highest standards of artistic accomplishment. Révérence: Toledo Ballet includes rare experiences onstage and backstage, as dancers and instructors at Toledo Ballet share their creative passion, and bring the joy and inspiration of dance to thousands of patrons and students in Northwest Ohio.
A complete life story of Millie Benson, this video contains a rare interview with the late Millie Benson who is the writer primarily of the Nancy Drew Mysteries. Learn about Benson's exciting life from her midwestern childhood to big city success. Experts on American literature and those who knew her well tell the story.
Mike Gittinger was a newsreel cameraman, supplying the big film studios and grand movie palaces with exciting stories from Toledo, Ohio. Unlike today's newsmen, however, he not only covered the news - he often created the news! Stringer is Gittinger's reflections and his film footage as he recounts highlights of his career during the early days of newsreels from 1928-1949. This program was broadcast on Public Television nationwide.
One of the greatest improvisers in jazz history, Art Tatum also set the standard for technical dexterity with his classic 1933 recording of "Tea for Two." Nearly blind, Tatum's artistic vision and ability made him an icon of jazz piano; a musician whose impact will be felt for generations to come. The Toledo native was mostly self-taught, but did receive some formal piano training at the Toledo School of Music.
For generations of people in Northwest Ohio, downtown Toledo was a hot spot, offering plenty of big city entertainment. Anybody looking for a night out could choose from several movie theaters, supper clubs with floor shows, and dance halls featuring nationally known bands.
Through a series of stunning timelapse images, Timelapse Toledo documents the arts, culture and very heartbeat of Toledo as it crackles to life during one amazing summer.
Free-form, entirely without narration and with the sparest of concepts, viewers can experience the city as they never have before.
Join TIMELINE host, Qarie Marshall, to explore the Veteran's Service Commission of Lucas County, as they serve those who have served us so bravely. Executive Director Lee Armstrong and Deputy Director Jason Brown are guests on the program.
You may still ask questions by adding your comments in the space below the video player. WGTE will contact the Lucas County Veteran's Service Commission and get answers to your questions. In addition, your comments may even appear in a future episode of Timeline.
Founded in 1878, the history of the Toledo Bar Association is truly the history of Toledo. From the early days of circuit judges, traveling through the Great Black Swamp, through the 20th century and into the 21st, you'll get a new awareness of how the Bench and Bar in our community have contributed to improve the lives of residents living in our region.
Relive the joy and magic of the world-famous Toledo Mud Hens 2005 Championship Season! Exciting game footage recaptures the thrill of the Mud Hens triumphant march to victory and the 2005 Governor's Cup. Interviews feature fascinating behind-the-scenes reflections on the 2005 season from players, coaches, fans and team management. Beginning with spring training, follow the fabled Mud Hens as they post the International League's best regular season record and go on to rule the roost by winning the pennant, the Governor's Cup and the hearts of fans nationwide.
Join the Mud Hens for a look at their humble beginnings to today. This one-hour long documentary chronicles the history of the Toledo team. Archival footage, photographs and interviews help tell the story of the Mud Hens, including a special appearance by Toledo native Jamie Farr.
Mud Hen's Ball Club players and coaches speak candidly about the thrilling 2006 championship season. Hear their stories, get a behind-the-scenes look at the team's triumphs and heartbreaks and relive the amazing plays that won the championship. Great game footage, extensive interviews and an insider's look at this Toledo tradition all add up to a don't-miss show. Celebrate this region's "hometown team" and see how they won the Governor's Cup for a second record time!
Toledo celebrates over 100 years of The Toledo Museum of Art in this program that explores the museum’s beginnings at the turn of the 20th century, and chronicles its growth in the community. The people who made it happen are profiled, the remarkable buildings are remembered and the world-renowned collection is highlighted.
Children born with developmental disabilities had no advocates in the first half of the 20th century. Parents were encouraged to institutionalize such children, and society forgot about them. That all changed in 1950 when Roy and Georgette Engler, the parents of five developmentally disabled children, founded Sunshine Children's Home.
Sunshine created a loving and nurturing environment that pioneered modern, integrated care. A unique partnership with the Mennonite Church helped Sunshine grow into a nationally recognized facility with clients from all over the United States. Sunshine has since expanded its services in order to serve the growing needs of the community and greatly enhance the quality of each client's life.
A revealing look at the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's remarkable history. Viewers will find out how the Orchestra came into being, and more importantly, how the orchestra and its musicians invigorate the cultural life of Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
A soundtrack featuring live Toledo Symphony performances along with poetic narration and striking visual images come together to explore why a resident orchestra is vital to the life of our region.
Would you believe it all started with a woodchuck? In the spring of 1900, Toledo businessman Carl Hillebrand heard that park officials were interested in starting a zoo in Toledo. He offered an overgrown woodchuck to Peter J. Mettler, then superintendent of Walbridge Park. From this solitary animal, The Toledo Zoo was born.
WGTE looks at the history and the legacy of the '60s and '70s through the inspiring life of UT Quarterback Chuck Ealey. Experience the joys and the highs, the electricity and the love, the pains and the sorrows, the perseverance and fight for equality. Take a journey with us, Chuck Ealey and his UT Rocket football team members as we travel from Portsmouth Notre Dame High School in southern Ohio to the University of Toledo and on to the Canadian Football League.
The world-famous Sandusky resort became the roller coaster capital of the globe, the park's own band accompanied the merry activities at its beaches and pavilions. Meet the conductors and musicians that shaped the soundscape of turn-of-the-century Cedar Point.
In 1812, a very young United States of America had its sights set on expansion to the north and the west. But the British wanted to keep its former colony tightly contained. In the balance were the lands of the Northwestern Frontier.
England's Canadian provinces wanted a buffer zone between their lands and what they perceived as a hostile United States. The native peoples who called this land their home, wanted it declared a self-governing Indian territory; an independent nation. The United States wanted to settle the frontier, as they felt they had been promised at the end of the Revolutionary War.Read more
The Northwest Ohio region has a multitude of alternative energy stories to tell, including cutting-edge biomass fuel research being developed and tested at the University of Toledo's College of Engineering, and the activities of the many solar energy firms headquartered in the Toledo area (a legacy of Toledo's history as the nation's major glass manufacturer). In addition, Lake Erie is being considered as the site of a future wind farm to capture prevailing winds across the lower Great Lakes region.
Can alternative energy sources realistically replace our reliance on petroleum, coal and nuclear power? Can the Midwest take an aging rust belt industrial tradition and turn it around to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines? Join the discussion and post your questions for our experts to answer.
WGTE presents a Town Hall with local experts, physicians and people who are personally experiencing the health care crisis in their own lives. By raising awareness of the local problem, we hope to encourage more citizens to ask the hard Who are the people in our area who are hardest hit by the lack of affordable healthcare? Where can those in need go for help? How can you take responsbility for your own health? Hosted by Rhonda Sewell, from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
This WGTE interactive Town Hall to examines the impact of depression on those with the disease, their families and the community at large. A panel of local experts offered information, direction and answered questions from the studio audience and viewers.
This program is followed by an interactive online webinar discussion.
WGTE Town Hall: Elephant Care and Preservation
This town hall event, hosted by Bill Harris, examines The Toledo Zoo's mission of inspiring others to join them in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. They strive to accomplish this goal in many ways, but one of the most fascinating aspects of their work involves elephant care.
A new elephant environment called the Tembo Trail blends elephant care with a unique visitor experience. What is the balance zoos must achieve between elephant care and public display? How do animal care professionals keep these intelligent animals entertained and engaged in learning activity? Who are the people who care for the elephants, making sure they are healthy in body and mind?
This program is made possible by Susan L. Conda
Photo by Lynn Lyons
WGTE Public Media presented this live Town Hall hosted by Bill Harris. This one-hour television special connected people facing mortgage foreclosure to the local organizations that can help them stay in their homes.
Panelists and mortgage specialists, including Richard Alston, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality; Mike King, Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Pam Mayer, Neighborhood Housing Service; T. Mari Taoka, Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge; and Keith Foster, Fair Housing Center answered questions during this live broadcast.Read more
Bill Harris hosted this live, one-hour special that connects parents with local resources to help them better communicate with their children on the current financial situation including the mortgage crisis. Topics included losing a job and/or home; feelings of insecurity; the concept of want versus need; language and approach for differing age groups; need for security; and much more.
Panelists included Mike King, Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Eric Young, Harbor; and Kristi Hannan, Lucas County Help Me Grow.Read more
"The depth of our financial ignorance is startling...and at a time when we're borrowing more than ever, most Americans can't explain what compound interest is." So wrote journalist James Surowiecki, whose column about business and finance appears each week in The New Yorker.
WGTE addresses the important issue of financial literacy for students in this live Town Hall program, hosted by Bill Harris. Expert panelists answer questions and give advice for parents and educators on the importance of teaching financial literacy to young people, as well as how to do so effectively.Read more
Bill Harris hosted this live program that examines one of the most pressing issues facing our community - the problem of low literacy rates among preschool aged children. Children entering school with high literacy skills are "ready to learn" and move to the head of the class. Children with weak reading skills begin school at a disadvantage, a gap that may grow wider as their educational experiece proceeds. How can we break the cycle?
Taped before a live studio audience and hosted by Amy Ashcroft, Legacy of Hope profiles the Toledo Community Hospital Oncology program's efforts to increase public awareness regarding the importance of clinical trails in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Viewers are invited to call in during the broadcast with questions or to request free information.
Bill Harris hosts this important Town Hall, call-in event, originally broadcast on Thursday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m. The program explores how in Lucas County there are huge disparities in birth weight outcomes based on where a mother lives. Suburban newborn weights are within healthy ranges; however mothers in Toledo's inner-city neighborhoods have increased rates of low birth weight births. These babies are at higher risk for physical and developmental problems.
Viewers participated in the discussion by calling 1-866-380-4664, via email at email@example.com or by texting WGTEPublic with your message to 41411 during the program. You can still participate by emailing the above or making a comment.
WGTE, with the support of WPSU - Penn State Public Broadcasting, explores how local officials are working towards cooperative ways to balance civic and environmental needs in regards to how we manage the Swan Creek Watershed. Bill Harris hosts this in-depth discussion. Taped February 2009.
Explore the issues that impact the water quality of the Maumee River Basin, the largest watershed in the Great Lakes system. Bill Harris hosts this discussion of the current state of the water quality of the Maumee River watershed. Viewers participate by calling or emailing during this live program. More info, discussion boards and more at more watershed info.
This documentary film explores the 1950's craze from its beginnings as a post-World War II hobby to its current resurgence as a collectible by enthusiastic fans. Narrator Dan Robbins started it all as an artist for the Palmer Paint company, which later became known as Craft Master. His concept for a fill-in-the-spaces paint set became one of the biggest fads in history.
For 150 years, Toledo's economy has been interwoven with the manufacture of all kinds of vehicles. Some Toledoans are familiar with the Jeep Corporation's early beginnings as Willys-Overland. Perhaps fewer still are aware of the dozens of 19th century carriage and wagonmakers in our area or, that at one time, there were eight bicycle manufacturers in Toledo. Wheels shares the story that the wheel has played in Toledo's history.
An exploration of the importance of arts education in the public schools. Teachers, administrators, parents and students make the connection between higher test scores in math, science and reading to proficiency in the arts. Students create paintings, sculpture and mixed media works for a juried art show. Follow their progress and success.