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WOSU spotlight swivels toward Clintonville this weekend

'Neighborhoods' segment premieres Sunday, Jan. 26, on public TV

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The neighborhood is about to get the Neighborhoods treatment.

WOSU Public Media, producer of an Emmy-nominated series Columbus Neighborhoods, focusing on the history of various sections of Columbus, has turned its attention to Clintonville, and the results will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.

An invitation-only premiere at the WOSU studios in COSI Columbus is scheduled today, Jan. 23.

Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers said last week she was eager to attend the premiere because, while she contributed information, artifacts and some voiceover to the program, she had yet to see the finished product.

"I think it is going to be an absolutely fabulous show," Rodgers said.

In speaking with producers as they were gathering information, filming interviews and shooting footage for the one-hour documentary, Rodgers said she was told Clintonville stood out among neighborhoods profiled so far in the amount of historical material offered for use.

"They've had to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to cut out," she said. "Normally they have to work to find stuff to put in. We have definitely as a community provided them with a significant amount of information and photographs. We've made it easier for them to package a history that goes over a long time. You're not just going to be seeing one decade of history.

"We've given them a lot of great pictures of Clintonville."

Columbus Neighborhoods, according to WOSU's website, is designed to capture the history and cultural significance of the communities that make up Columbus.

The series began in 2012 with documentaries focusing on six neighborhoods: downtown and Franklinton, German Village, the Short North, the King-Lincoln District, Olde Towne East and the University District. The series was timed to coincide with the city's bicentennial celebration.

Production for the series resumed in February 2013 with a program on the South Side.

The Jan. 26 Clintonville edition will be followed later by shows focusing on Worthington, Bexley and the Tri-Village area of Marble Cliff, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington. The sixth Neighborhoods program in this round, according to the website, will be titled "New Americans" and focus on the city's growing immigrant population.

Rodgers anticipates the Clintonville program will delve into a various aspects of the neighborhood's past, such as the Adena Mounds, Bill Moose Crowfoot, the Thomas Bull Jr. family of abolitionists and Olentangy Amusement Park, to relatively recent additions such as the Park of Roses and the farmers market.

"They've explored some more recent trends like Buy Local and Live Local and organic farming, a return to that," Rodgers said. "I think we're going to see a nice blend of 100-plus years of history. I think it will be very informative and people will enjoy it. I am very excited.

"It's just a wonderful thing for us to be on local TV. People are going to embrace it. I'm hoping that will mean more people become members of the Clintonville Historical Society."

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