Prairie Churches - Immigrant Church Artist
Berthold von Imhoff graced more than 90 churches with his art, but St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, may be his finest work.
The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches.
Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the hopes and dreams of settlers who sought to forge a new future for themselves and their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches have played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. The program takes a visual tour of 117 outstanding churches scattered across the Northern Plains through all four seasons.
Kim Stenehjem and Bob Dambach (Producers), David Geck (Editor), Steven Allen, David Geck, Travis Jensen, Kak Lee, Mitch Lee, Heidi Nelson, Michael Stromenger, Lee Westad (Videographers), Greg Habeck, Tim Stanek, Erik Wohlrabe (Production Assistants), Barb Gravel (Production Manager), Bob Dambach (Executive Producer)
“Prairie Churches” Prairie Public 2008
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