Intersections: History and Memory in Grassy Butte, N.D.

Intersections: History and Memory in Grassy Butte, N.D.

Intersections: History and Memory in Grassy Butte, N.D.-a documentary film by Stacy Reikowsky

Fargo, ND—“Intersections: History and Memory in Grassy Butte, N.D.,” a short film that documents the impact of the Great Depression on a small western North Dakota town, comes to North Dakota State University for a one-night-only showing 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, in the Prairie Rose Room in the Memorial Union (NDSU).

“Intersections,” which brings out the role of Roosevelt’s New Deal photography project, explores the point at which the national government collided with small-town life at the height of devastation, desperation and depression in the 1930s. The film is part of an ongoing NDSU Public History initiative to research and explore history and memory in the region. It underscores the importance of the local landscape and the personal memories based on an interview with a lifelong resident of the area, Lois Fleck.

Keeping with the spirit of the film, “Intersections” also invites viewers to consider different ways in which to approach the study and survey of history. The documentary is set and filmed in western North Dakota and includes photographs currently held by the Library of Congress and a number of other archival pieces from collections in Grassy Butte.

The screening of the 15-minute film is open to the public. Following the film, producer Stacy Reikowsky and her film adviser, Dr. Angela Smith, professor of history at NDSU, will present a Q&A session. Joining them as part of a panel discussion of history and memory will be Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, expert on historical preservation, and Troy Reisenauer, graduate student and former resident of the area featured in the film.

  1. Christy Sperling Reply

    I wish I could have seen this documentary I didn’t even know that it was showing until two days after it happened. I have friends that grew up in Grassy Butte and they still have family there. Is there anyway that you guys could show it again? I know I would go to see it and I may have to have my friend come down to see it to.

  2. Bev Reply

    Would love to see this since my dad grew up around grassy butte!!

  3. Sheila Reply

    My parents are from GB and and still live on the family farmstead. I also had not even heard about this until my friend above posted on Facebook. Will this possibly be airing on PBS or can a person access on the web?

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