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Documentary On Tri-State Mining Set To Premier In Joplin

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A documentary entitled "Ozark Uplift" and commissioned for Ozark Public Television, to be broadcast across the US will focus on mining in the Tri-States.

"It's such a dynamic part of the history and the growth of this area," said Ozark Uplift Filmmaker Paul Wannemacher.

Back in March documentary Wannemacher set out to tell the story of Tri-State Mining. Armed with a camera and over 120 years of history to sift through, Wannemacher interviewed countless people and visited the sites to get a full idea of what mining meant to the Tri-States.
 
"The story has kind of been lost…there was never a work done in video that has explained the integration of the mining histories," Wannemacher said.
 
Which is something he hopes to fix; from zinc, lead to coal; Big Brutus to Granby, all portions of Tri-State Mining gets a highlight. Wannamaker says mining here had no state boundaries, and it's something Newton County's Tourism Council, who helped fund the film, agrees with.
 
"We realize the importance to include other areas next to us, such as Kansas and Oklahoma, we are not islands when we talk about tourism, we're part of a region here. The Tri-State region," said Newton County's Tourism Council President Steve Roark.

And not only does Wannemaker say it will showcase the rich mining history of the area, but it will also let people know about great opportunities to learn more information right here in the Four States. Resources like the Joplin Museum Complex, whose mission statement is to inform the public on the very topic of the documentary.

"To have a film that portrays that is just great. It adds so much to our museum and makes it more meaningful," said the Director of the Joplin Museum Complex Brad Belk.

And to top it off, Wannemacher says the film will premier right where it all began. In the Tri-States. Open and free to the public, Wannemacher hopes the film will remind the area that the history of mining, is the history of the Tri-States. 

"There would be no Joplin is there hadn't been big mining," Wannemacher said.
 

"Ozark Uplift: The Story of Tri State Mining" will premier at the old Fox Theater in downtown Joplin, now Central Christian Center next Tuesday, November 5th at 415 S Main St. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the show will start at 7pm.

Ozarks Public Television will first air the documentary at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. After which PBS stations across the nation will have the opportunity to run the documentary on their stations.  

 

 

 

 

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