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'Columbus Neighborhoods'

Stories, photos sought for WOSU documentary

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WOSU-TV officials hope to collect memories, photographs and more this week to bolster a future documentary featuring the Tri-Village area.

WOSU-TV and the UA Archives will host a "Share-a-Story" event May 15 at the Upper Arlington Public Library's Main Branch, 2800 Tremont Road, in preparation for a Columbus Neighborhoods documentary about the Tri-Village area.

As such, producers will be downstairs in the library's Meeting Room B from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and they hope people with ties to Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff will bring in photos, videos, artifacts and anecdotes that could be used to tell the area's stories.

"We're looking for items to include in WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods: Tri-Village documentary or in the Upper Arlington Public Library's online UA Archives collection," said Sarah Klein, UAPL digital archives coordinator. "We'll be scanning items selected for inclusion throughout the day.

"People can bring in items for us to digitize and we'll return their originals to them. However, if anyone has something they'd like to permanently donate, those items will be given to the Upper Arlington Historical Society to preserve in (its) collection."

Tri-Village is expected to become the 11th installment of the award-winning Columbus Neighborhoods series, with a documentary tentatively slated to air in spring 2015.

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

Last 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 recognition from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, the Columbus Historical Society and the German Village Society.

WOSU-TV officials last winter said fundraising efforts have allowed them to expand the series for 2014.

In addition to collecting photos and videos, Columbus Neighborhoods producers on Thursday want to collect stories recounting people's experiences living in Upper Arlington, Grandview and Marble Cliff for possible use in the documentary.

"We always love seeing items from Upper Arlington's earliest years, but we're also interested in things that might be a little more recent than that," Klein said. "For example, it would be great to see images from the '50s, '60s or '70s of traditional Upper Arlington events like the Fourth of July, or photos that include iconic Upper Arlington places like our schools, businesses, parks, historic homes or neighborhoods.

"We're particularly interested in photographs and film," she said. "Fortunately, we've been finding that a lot of local residents have old home movies showing the area, and portions of those films might be great candidates for inclusion in the documentary or in the UA Archives collection."

Additional information about Share-a-Story is available at ualibrary.org, or by calling the library at (614) 486-9621.

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