Tri-Village News

Tri-Village area to be featured in WOSU series


The history of the Tri-Village area and the heritage of the people who have shaped its three communities will be featured in WOSU-TV's award-winning Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series.

Producers from WOSU-TV, the local PBS station, have begun researching the histories of Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff to make the Tri-Village area the topic of the 11th installment of the Columbus Neighborhoods series.

The airing of the one-hour documentary isn't expected until spring 2015.

In the meantime, WOSU staff members are forging partnerships with agencies and people in the three communities to provide material for the program.

"We have picked the communities that have the richest history -- documented history, stories, photos, film, etc. -- to offer," said Diana Bergemann, a WOSU-TV producer and editor. "The Tri-Villages documentary will focus on Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff.

"Although we'll be talking about the history that connects these communities, we'll also focus on the unique stories," she said. "It is important to remind people that this isn't 'the' story -- it's 'a' story that helps others better understand where the communities started and the interesting stories that set them apart."

To date, Columbus Neighborhoods has aired documentaries on the Short North, German Village, King Lincoln, the University District, downtown/Franklinton, Olde Towne East, the South Side and Clintonville.

In October, WOSU Public Media received the Greater Columbus Arts Council's 2012 Artistic Excellence Award for the series. It also has received several regional Emmys and recognitions from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, the Columbus Historical Society and the German Village Society.

Bergemann said fundraising efforts helped WOSU-TV expand the series for 2014.

In addition to the Tri-Village documentary, future segments of the series will feature Worthington and Bexley, as well as the experiences of immigrants who have come to the Columbus area.

"Right now, we are in the research phase and are identifying the people who can best help us to tell the stories," Bergemann said. "I am working closely with the Upper Arlington and Grandview libraries and historical societies.

"We also can't tell the story if we don't have enough pictures and film, so we are on the lookout for anyone who has these items to contribute."

Sara Klein, digital archives coordinator at the Upper Arlington Public Library, said she's been working with WOSU-TV staffers for roughly a year and is excited about the chance to share the story of the Tri-Village area with a larger audience.

"What I've been working with them on is what types of themes would be appropriate," Klein said. "WOSU has been turning out such quality products with its Columbus Neighborhoods series.

"I think it is going to be wonderful to have the communities' histories presented and preserved this way."

WOSU Public Media Marketing and Communications Director Meredith Hart said the UA library will host screenings of Columbus Neighborhoods documentaries that already have aired at 7 p.m. March 13, April 17 and May 8.

"At each one, one of our producers from the documentaries will come and talk about what goes into developing, researching and producing each of these segments," she said.

WOSU also will seek to connect with people in the three communities to collect more information and materials for the project.