Local Family Funds WCTE Great War Documentary

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In partnership with the Tennessee Great War Commission,WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS is producing a new original documentary on World War I.  This special half-hour program will premiere on WCTE on April 6, 2016, to commemorate the day the United States declared entry into the Great War.  Produced by WCTE’s Desiree Duncan and Craig Gray, along with TTU history professor Dr. Michael Birdwell, this documentary will focus on the volunteer spirit of Tennesseans in the World War I effort.   

This project is made possible by the generous financial support of Andy and Sally Pardue of Cookeville, who donated $5000 to WCTE to support this production.  “Andy and I are proud of the Tennessee tradition of volunteerism!  It is our honor to provide support as financial volunteers to bring the wonderful stories of Tennesseans who served in WWI into our current generation to inspire our lives today. Being able to help the talented staff of WCTE and gifted storyteller Dr. Mike Birdwell carry the flame of knowledge forward is a gift for all of us,” said Dr. Sally Pardue.  

“Without the generous donation from the Pardues, it would not have been possible for WCTE to cover the 2015 Kickoff Event for the Tennessee Great War Commission on Nov. 7 in Nashville,” said Dr. Birdwell. “Nor would it have been possible to produce the WWI documentary that we are currently putting together. So to Sally and Andy - a sincere thank you for your help with this important project.”

For updates on this program, visit wcte.org.  


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