The Chenoweth films are part of an interactive station where visitors can make their own movie about Nebraska, incorporating the historical footage and adding their own audio tracks for fun. Truckin’ Through Nebraska makes its debut April 7, 2017 and will tour the state through the fall, visiting 42 Nebraska communities.
Clips used from the archive of Harold Chenoweth films include home movies as well as commercial films and feature scenes of 20th Century transportation, factories, agriculture, radio announcers, and more from everyday life. The films also feature notable Nebraska sports history – from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln football team to baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig meeting a chicken in Omaha circa 1927.
Donated to Archives & Special Collections in 2014, the Harold Chenoweth Film Collection includes commercially produced films and home movies from as early as 1915. Harold Chenoweth was one of Nebraska’s first filmmakers and specialized in sponsored newsreels with films about people, businesses, and events from Omaha, throughout Nebraska, and the Great Plains. Click to learn more about the films and Chenoweth.
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