Concordia history professor Dr. Thomas Saylor's recent book, Minnesota in the 70s, cowritten with two-time Minnesota Book Award winner Dave Kenney, is the basis of a documentary premiering on Twin Cities Public Television Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. (tpt MN, Channel 2.2)
Produced with the Minnesota Historical Society Press and inspired by authors Saylor and Kenney, Minnesota in the 70s is a narrative history of the state during the decade, organized around themes of activism and protest; environmentalism; and transformation. Both authors make appearances in the 26-minute film.
A screening of the film and panel discussion with the book's authors took place Nov. 14 at the 164th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Released in October 2013, Minnesota in the 70s tells the stories of people, places, and events that defined the state: colorful individuals, including Allan Spear, Arlene Lehto, Wendell Anderson, and Herb Brooks; significant groups like the Willmar 8, American Indian Movement, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, and Save the Met; and news-making events, including the first Earth Day, the Dayton's bombing, school desegregation battles, and highway construction protests.
Minnesota in the 70s is available for purchase at the Concordia Bookstore.
A full broadcast schedule of Minnesota in the 70s on tpt MN Channel 2.2 can be found at: www. tpt.org.