Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost

In the early 1900s, Leo Beachy took unforgettable photographs of life in Western Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Most of his precious glass plate negatives were destroyed in 1927. But when 2,800 plates surfaced in recent years, his elderly niece began a mission to preserve her uncle's legacy. Viewers will enjoy seeing the amazing Beachy collection and be charmed by Maxine Beachy Broadwater's efforts to preserve the negatives and make the photos available worldwide. This Emmy winning documentary is from writer/producer David Solomon and videographer/editor Paul Ruggieri.

Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost aired on Jan 24, 2011.


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Series: Experience

The tuberculosis sanatorium in Cresson, Pennsylvania closed in 1964, but former patients are still haunted by their experiences. Many people remember the dangerous illness, the stigma of a TB diagnosis, and the landmark hospital in Cambria County that was nicknamed "The San." Rare archival photos, film and compelling interviews are woven around the memories of Chuck Felton, who launched a fascinating website about his life as a teenage patient in the 1950s. This Emmy winning documentary is from the team of writer/producer David Solomon and videographer/editor Paul Ruggieri.

Original airdate: Nov 21, 2011


Original airdate: Nov 14, 2011


WQED contributing reporter Dave Crawley documents Western Pennsylvania's contributions to World War II, including the Bantam Jeep designed in Butler, LST production on Neville Island, steel production in Homestead and the Westinghouse artist who created the Rosie The Riveter image.

Original airdate: Nov 07, 2011


Original airdate: Oct 31, 2011


Original airdate: Oct 24, 2011


Original airdate: Jun 27, 2011


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