Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television


Iowa Public Television Announces Two New Documentaries Featuring Iowa Images and Icons

February 23, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) – Iowa Public Television continues its tradition of telling Iowa’s stories with the premiere of two new specials focusing on images and icons from Iowa’s past. 

Iowa’s One-Room Schoolhouses premieres Sunday, March 1 at noon. This program tells the story of the 12,000 small structures that once dotted Iowa’s landscape – how they were built, who taught and learned in them, and the impact they had on their communities. Poignant images from historical photos, along with modern-day footage of some of these icons still standing in townships and communities all over Iowa illustrate the vivid memories of one-room schoolhouses. To gain perspective, Iowa Public Television producers visited and filmed in Sherman Township, Panora, Bennington Township, Jesup, Clarke County, Madison County, Urbandale, Cedar Falls, Kalona, Blairsburg, Williams, West Bend, Mallard, Russell, and West Des Moines.

Premiering Monday, March 2 and 7 p.m., Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s features the moving and evocative photographs taken by Everett Kuntz in the late 1930s and early 1940s. This Ridgeway, Iowa native took photos documenting regular life in this northeast Iowa community during the time between the Great Depression and World War II. Kuntz didn’t develop the photos until learning he had cancer in 2002, and he realized he had preserved a time thought to be lost forever. The sense of hope and innocence captured in the images belied the chaos just past and just ahead for the nation. Kuntz’s photographs show the faces, fields, and porches of small-town Iowa, and serve as a historical record of both a bygone era and a rural Iowa that has all but disappeared.

These documentaries will premiere during Iowa Public Television’s annual Festival programming celebration. Iowa’s One-Room Schoolhouses will air Sunday, March 1 at noon and Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s airs Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. 

Funding for Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s was provided by Iowa Network Services and Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance of Iowa. For more information, or for interviews or photographs, contact Iowa Public Television at 515-242-3146 or Jennifer.konfrst@iptv.org.

# # #

Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
February 23, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

« Back to IPTV News