Hilliard Northwest 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.