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and WTIU Public Television to host documentary screening.
The public television documentary Spanning Time: America's Covered Bridges will
make its east coast debut on the afternoon of Saturday, May 14, at 2:00 with a free public
screening at the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum in the Bennington Center for Natural and
Cultural Arts, Bennington, Vermont. The Center for the Arts is located on West Road at Gypsy
Lane off of Route 9 just west of the Bennington Monument. The afternoon's events will include a
welcome by museum founder and chair of trustees Bruce Laumeister, a large-screen showing of
the 57-minute documentary, remarks on restoration theory by David Wright, President of the
National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges and an opportunity to question the
documentary's producers, Eugene Brancolini and Susanne Schwibs. The formal program will be
followed by an informal reception with refreshments.
Produced by public television station WTIU, Bloomington, Indiana, with funding from the
Federal Highway Administration, Spanning Time: America's Covered Bridges explores the
affection Americans have for their wooden covered bridges. Actor/songwriter Tim Grimm guides
us through this instructional, entertaining and sometimes whimsical look at covered bridges
throughout the United States - their cultural significance, history, construction, preservation, and
tourist activities surrounding them. Commentary by eminent New England bridge wrights Arnold
Graton and Jan Lewandoski provide the builder's perspective, while preservationists, engineers,
public officials, tourists and all manner of covered bridge enthusiasts share their point of view.
The program features covered bridges and scenic footage from Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, New
Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
panning Time: America's Covered Bridges will be distributed nationally this spring by
American Public Television. Over 95 public television stations throughout the country have
indicated that they will be airing the program.