A Farm Story with Jerry Apps
Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
View a portrait of farm life through the eyes of a boy growing up in rural America in the 1930s and 1940s.
This new program takes viewers to Wild Rose, Wisconsin, the archetype of rural America, guided by acclaimed author, teacher and historian Jerry Apps. Like a family photo album, this portrait evokes memories of experiences that created the values of hard work, determination and community.
Apps story is the personal and family story of millions of Americans who grew up on farms. We'll remember “things that aren’t there anymore” and of experiences that drove a generation of Americans who grew up on the farm.
The documentary carries the viewer from a childhood on the farm in the 1930s to the rural electrification that changed American farms and rural life forever. Apps shares stories about the party line telephone, the one-room schoolhouse, the routine of work and chores and community of those family farms that built America into the agricultural center of the world.
Pictured above: Apps (center) with twin brothers Darrel and Donald, circa 1944.
At right: Jerry Apps in 2012.