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World War II: Pennsylvania's Patriots
Walter Helinsky. Jack Durkin. Evangeline Coeyman. These are just a few of the people who appear in WORLD WAR II: PENNSYLVANIA’s PATRIOTS -- a one-hour special giving voice to the veterans in our region who served in the war and played a role in thwarting the march of fascism and dictatorship across Europe and the South Pacific. We hear their words, feel their emotions, and see just a bit of what they did as infantry, medics, nurses, pilots, gunners, and more. We learn what it was like to go as young men and women from towns such as Allentown, Bethlehem, Willow Grove, Warminster and other Pennsylvania locales to a theater of war from which they and their comrades might never return. While these are some of the lucky one’s who did return, they’ve never forgotten their journey and believe it’s important to share their stories with you.
The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story (2007)
It’s a legacy of courage and caregivers. The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story shows how persevering spirits and relentless encouragement work wonders.
The Good Shepherd Story also illustrates how caregivers using leading edge rehabilitation technology help improve each patient’s condition. The first chapter begins in 1908 with the Reverend John “Papa” Raker and his vision of a home for those without a home – crippled orphans, the aged and sometimes, for those simply in need.
Communities: Bethlehem (2007)
Join us as we explore the rich history, fascinating people and events that have made Bethlehem, Pennsylvania what it is today. The Christmas City welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every holiday season, but Bethlehem shines year round. Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, you’ll find a charming historic town responsible for creating many American firsts.
The Legacy of Leonard Pool (2006)
We’ll explore this man’s rich heritage, and find out how Leonard Pool’s contributions continue to make our community a better place. His entrepreneurial instincts helped him form Air Products, an industrial gas equipment company, in 1940. Leonard’s integrity guided his business decisions, earning him respect from employees and the corporate community. Due largely to his compassion, he became an integral part of our Lehigh Valley community.
Communities: New Hope (2006)
The New Hope documentary will take an in-depth look at the history, culture and people integral to making New Hope, Bucks County the top small-town arts destination in the country. Upscale restaurants, unique shops and galleries, a cabaret and the Bucks County Playhouse draw thousands of visitors here each year. But how did this eclectic one- square mile town along the Delaware River gain such notoriety and who are the people responsible for it? Those are the widely unknown stories this program will reveal.
Football Legends of Pennsylvania (2005)
Twenty-six Pro Football Hall of Famers call PA home,
more than any other state. Why is the Commonwealth the
birthplace for so many football legends? We profile
some of these great players along with the state's most
successful high school coaches. Program features Mike Ditka,
Chuck Bednarik, Matt Millen, Dan Marino, Andre Reed, Lenny
Moore, Joe Paterno, George Curry, George Chaump and Mike
A Carousel of
A Carousel of Memories recalls
the golden years of six Eastern Pennsylvania amusement
parks, many of which no longer exist. From its humble
beginnings as a rustic trout pond, the program will
chronicle 145 years of Dorney Park history. A mix of old
photographs, never- before- seen film and heartfelt
interviews also tell the storied pasts of Bushkill Park
(Easton), Carsonia Park (Reading), Central Park (Allentown),
Willow Park (Bethlehem Township) and Willow Grove Park
(Willow Grove, Montgomery County).
Lehigh Lafayette (2004)
Join us as we
chronicle the nation's most played college football rivalry
between Lehigh University and Lafayette College. The show
features fascinating personal stories from the players,
coaches and families who left their mark on this historic
rivalry. Classic highlights include the famous fog game of
1955, the 100th game in 1964 and the last match-up played in
Taylor Stadium in 1987. Hall of Fame broadcaster, Harry
Kalas narrates the program.
The Legacy of
Harry C. Trexler (2004)
Lehigh Valley community
members share their memories of Harry Trexler, and the joy
his generosity brought to their lives. From thoughtful gifts
around the holidays to memorable fishing trips, Harry
remembered the little things. His vision for the future
makes him a Lehigh Valley icon. We'll explore the rich
heritage of this man and find out how Harry C. Trexler
continues to make our community a better place decades after
PBS39 Cooks (2004)
Luscious baby-back ribs,
decadent chocolate cake and patriotic pastry are all on the
menu for PBS 39's newest production; PBS 39 Cooks: A is for
All-American. Mix with some of area most prominent chefs and
enjoy spectacular recipes from our home cooks. All-American
dishes range from kid-friendly favorites to gourmet, all of
which have been compiled into a easy-to-use cookbook which
is currently available.
C is for Celebrations features more of our region's best chefs and community
cooks; delectable duck breast with sweet potato and carrot
puree, butter poached Maine Lobster, three-finger almond
cookies and more!
How to Play Guitar (2004)
Do you ever sit and listen to your favorite song
wondering where the performer learned how to play the
guitar? Maybe they learned from a professional musician
like Dave Fry. They might not have been so lucky. However,
now you can be that lucky, right in your own home.
Make A Joyful Noise: The Bach
Choir of Bethlehem (2004)
Make a Joyful
Noise: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
pays tribute to
America's first Bach Choir.
For more than a century this groundbreaking group of
volunteers has brought the work of the prolific and
distinguished German composer to audiences around the
world. Each May hundreds of Bach lovers from throughout the
country and beyond travel to Bethlehem to experience the
annual Bach festival.
Make a Joyful
Noise: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem wins as PBS 39's 3rd
consecutive Emmy Award for 2004 Outstanding Documentary.
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The People Who Built America (2004)
Relive the rich history of Bethlehem Steel. Learn more about
the company that helped defend America and meet some of the
many faces who helped build it. Bethlehem Steel is the 2004
recipient of the "Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News
Documentray" and "Winner of the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for
Hamilton: Remembering Hess's (2004)
A rare look into the much-loved Allentown shopping
place. From sweet memories of strawberry pie at the world
famous Patio Restaurant to the vivid recollections of
rubbing elbows with guest celebrities, Hollywood on Hamilton
triggers nostalgic moments for the glamorous days of
shopping in style on Hamilton Street.
175 Years of
Musical Memories: The Allentown Band
As the nation's oldest civilian concert band, its first
performance happened in Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 4,
1828. Besides playing regular concerts and appearing in
local parades, the band has also performed at numerous
Presidential inaugurations, traveled across the world, and
helped rally troops during our country's Civil War.
Valley Living History Series
Living History chronicles what life in our area was like
decade by decade. What makes this collection so exciting is
we learn about our past from the people who lived it. This
series is designed to benefit and enrich all Lehigh Valley
residents as well as our educational system about our
community's important history. This series includes
documentaries produced by PBS 39 on the 1950s and
the 1960s as well as Hess's and Bethlehem Steel
A competition of quick recall among area high schools
has been a favorite on PBS 39 for over 30 years. At the end
of the season the winning team is awarded $4000 and the
runner-up team is awarded $2000. The program ishosted by Dr. Karen Walton, VP of Academics at DeSales
University, Center Valley, PA