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Carolina Stories: Always First: SC Air National Guard
The South Carolina Air National Guard was founded December 9, 1946. It was the brainchild of South Carolina Adjutant General James C. Dozier, who strongly believed the U.S. should not disarm after World War II, but be prepared to maintain its leadership in the new world order.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Baseball in the Upstate
From the late 1800’s to present day, the game of baseball has played an important role in the history and culture surrounding the Upstate of South Carolina. Many baseball greats started their careers in either the Textile Mill Leagues or the segregated Negro Leagues. Baseball in the Upstate explores the fascination of baseball, and why it remains one of the favorite pastimes in the area.
Produced and directed by Mitzi Adams


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Battle of Camden
From new guerilla tactics employed by American militia to the actions of an over-confident king, the tragic events that transpired on August 16, 1780 became the catalyst that led to the birth of a nation.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Finding Clovis
Finding Clovis takes viewers on an archeological adventure at the Topper dig site in Allendale County, South Carolina. Famous for Clovis and pre-Clovis artifacts there is recent evidence that may support the theory that a comet suddenly wiped out the Clovis culture 13,000 years ago. The Topper dig annually attracts scientists, students, volunteers, and observers. As part of Finding Clovis, world-renowned scientists such as Allen West and Dennis Stanford from The Smithsonian; David Anderson, Scott Jones, and Al Goodyear from the University of South Carolina will offer their opinions about these significant first Americans—where they came from, how they lived, and what may have been their fate.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Gaillard's Charleston
This special profiles Palmer Gaillard, former mayor of Charleston, tracing his 80 year witness to the history of the city.
DVD includes additional special bonus footage not shown in the broadcast.


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Ghosts and Other Legends
Ghosts and Legends tracks the legends and lore from South Carolina’s past in this haunting journey from the Old Exchange Dungeon in Charleston to the Abbeville Opera House in the Upstate. Search for the Lands End Ghost that walks the Carolina coast and maybe the most famous of all, the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.
Produced and directed by William Richardson.


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: In This Sacred Place
Carolina Stories travels to the Beaufort Lowcountry and beyond for In This Sacred Place, a documentary that takes a look at the sanctuaries and sites of cultural and historical significance in that part of the state. The program also examines the traditions that make these sites relevant, even today.
In This Sacred Place is an exploration of the spiritual journeys that have shaped our cultural heritage. From Beaufort’s Beth Israel Synagogue to the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease in Jacksonboro, the program transports viewers into places of worship that are as rich and diverse as the congregations they serve.


DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Over Here: The Homefront During World War I
World War I activities on the homefront literally changed the South Carolina landscape. This program examines why African-Americans supported the war effort and how they were disappointed by response to their efforts; women’s roles and how the war played a part in the women’s movement; military camps and what they meant for South Carolina cities; and how the influenza epidemic in 1918 impacted the state. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Partnership for a Nation of Learners, a leadership initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Penn Center: A Legacy of Change
In the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands is one of the state’s most significant historical institutions. The Penn School was begun in 1862 as a program to educate Sea Island slaves freed at the beginning of the Civil War. Now the Penn Center, at the heart of Gullah culture, is 50 acres containing Brick Church, Darrah Hall, old burial grounds, a nature trail, Chowan Creek, Gantt Cottage, and acres of native flora and fauna. The Penn Center: A Legacy of Change tells the story of its inception as a school through its involvement in the Gullah community today.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Spokes and Strings
Everything about the game is the same. The rules and scoring are identical but these players depend on their wheels, not their legs. Spokes and Strings takes a look at the sport of wheelchair tennis, one of the fastest growing and most challenging of all wheelchair sports, and the lives of the people who play it.
Closed Captioned


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Steel Roads And Iron Men
Steel Roads and Iron Men takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through railroading in South Carolina. From the early days when the giant locomotives were steam driven, to the modern world of diesel powered trains, hear railroading stories from the men who drove the spikes, or manned the engines from the early 1940's to the present.
Closed Captioned


DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: The Turtle Ladies of Charleston County
This program tells the story of the dedicated team of women (and a few men) who are making a positive impact on the endangered sea turtle population along the SC coast. From the joyous release of rehabilitated turtles, to the heart wrenching deaths of those that are too sick to survive, this documentary provides a better understanding of the close bond between humans and the natural world. Narrated by author and turtle lady, Mary Alice Monroe.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: The Vanishing Generation
It has been sixty years since the end of World War II, and the last of the South Carolina veterans who fought against the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany are now dying at an alarming rate. Soon their living memories of will be gone and World War II will simply become another chapter in history. The Vanishing Generation is a powerful visualization of the first-hand accounts of World War II by South Carolina veterans. These personal remembrances tell the story of what these men experienced, and how it not only changed the world but their lives as well.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: This is Brookgreen Gardens
This program explores one of South Carolina’s most beloved landmarks. History, nature and art come together in a program that is both beautiful and informative, revealing Brookgreen’s enduring importance to the Palmetto state. A distinctive collection of American figurative sculpture, education programs for all ages, dazzling gardens, rare natural habitats, a long and fascinating history--these are the things that make Brookgreen Gardens a unique treasure, nestled between the Waccamaw River and the sea.
Produced and written by Betsy Newman with principal photography by Joseph Sauvion.


DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: The Last Auction
For more than 100 years Mullins was the major tobacco market for South Carolina. Since 1997 the tobacco allotment has been cut in half, textile manufacturers have moved away and Mullins, a town of 5000 has lost more than 1200 jobs. The Last Auction explores how this small rural town is working to reinvent itself after the crippling loss of its economic base.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Carolina Caught
Narrated by Rudy Mancke, this program examines the challenges of South Carolina’s shrimping industry and follows Errol Hattaway, one of the remaining shrimp boat fisherman in McClellanville, SC. Shrimpboat fisherman Steve Kerchner of Beaufort, SC is also featured.Produced, written, directed and shot by Mark Adams.
This program marks the first Carolina Stories to be produced and broadcast in high definition.


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Chasing the Swamp Fox
Chasing The Swamp Fox details Francis Marion’s partisan campaigns during the American Revolution in South Carolina and paints a mosaic of what life was like in those years and how Marion’s participation led to the birth of modern day guerilla warfare as well as the liberation of our country.
Featuring the artwork of illustrator James H. Palmer and interviews with some of the state’s most prominent historians and writers, including Walter Edgar, Roy Talbert, Christine Swager, Daniel Littlefield, and archaeologist Steve Smith .


DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Florence: A Renaissance Spirit
This program looks at the history of Florence, SC which originally began as a railroad junction. During the Civil War, a Confederate stockade was located there, and a gunboat built in Florence patrolled the Great Pee Dee River. Today, Florence is an important regional hub, with leading medical facilities, educational institutions, and growing industry.

DVD $19.95
Behind the Scenes...Restaging Martha Graham's Sketches from Chronicles
A behind the scenes documentary of “Sketches from Chronicle", a Martha Graham modern dance classic with the University of South Carolina Dance Company. This program masterfully weaves together the rehearsals and preparation with the actual performance, giving the viewer an in-depth look at what goes into staging such a classic.

DVD $24.95
Reflections of Columbia
Take a historical journey of the founding of Columbia, South Carolina, to the Civil War and burning of Columbia, the Depression, World War II, civil rights, up to the present.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Just a Game
Carolina-Clemson is truly "Super Bowl" of football in South Carolina. The game lasts only 60 minutes, but the result is written in stone for the next 365 days.

ETV's one-hour television documentary features the football teams and fans of the USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers, culminating in the 2007 showdown at Williams-Brice Stadium.

How can one football game mean so much to so many people? What does it mean to bleed garnet and black...or orange and purple? And why do fans seem to live or die by what happens in this crucial game.

Carolina Stories: "Just a Game" tackles these questions and much more as it celebrates the history and culture of the Palmetto State's most storied rivalry.

DVD $24.95

The Great Cooper River Bridge
It was called "the most spectacular bridge in the world!" First opened on August 8th, 1929. Constructed in just 17 months, this three mile-long bridge gained national attention and rivaled some of the world's greatest bridges in its design and size.

DVD $34.95
Carolina Stories: Saving Sandy Island
Saving Sandy Island is a documentary about the struggle to save an exceptional South Carolina island and its Gullah community from development. Home to endangered species and rare long leaf pine forests, Sandy Island is the largest undeveloped freshwater island on the east coast. The program tells the story of the unique coalition of conservationists, state agencies, businessmen and community residents that came together to save this extraordinary place and preserve a historic culture.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Pirates of the Carolinas
Carolina Stories: Pirates of the Carolinas digs up the true tales of treachery and villainy that occurred off coasts of North and South Carolina during the Golden Age of Piracy. The hour-long documentary airs on the 289th anniversary of the death of most infamous marauder of them all, Blackbeard.

DVD $24.95
Behind the Scenes...Restaging Martha Graham's Sketches from Chronicles
A behind the scenes documentary of “Sketches from Chronicle", a Martha Graham modern dance classic with the University of South Carolina Dance Company. This program masterfully weaves together the rehearsals and preparation with the actual performance, giving the viewer an in-depth look at what goes into staging such a classic.

DVD $24.95
Southern Lens: The Dark Corner
For more than 200 years in the Dark Corner of Upper Greenville County has remained South Carolina's most elcsive and notorious district until now. Join Anne McCuen, Dean Campbell, Mann Batson and many others in the Dark Corner for an exclusive odyssey beginning with the Archaic Indians, up through the ages to the Moonshinning era and beyond.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Roots in the River: The Story of Congaree National Park
The story of South Carolina’s only national park, from the initial attempts to harvest the forest’s massive virgin cypresses in the 1890s, through the grass-roots struggles of the 1970s to preserve it, to its classification as a National Park in 2003. The program also looks at the cultural history of Congaree and its uses by the historic African American communities neighboring the park.

DVD $24.95
Storm of the Century: Then and Now
In the years following Hurricane Hugo, the people and communities along South Carolina's coast rebuilt their lives. This progam visits many of the places hardest hit and looks at how the people and communities recovered from the "Storm of the Century".

DVD $34.95
Carolina Stories: G-Man: The Rise and Fall of Melvin Purvis
The name, Melvin Horace Purvis, to many people today, means nothing. But it was not so long ago that Purvis was a household name, and over 260,000 boys and girls were digging through boxes of Post Toasties breakfast cereal to get their very own decoder rings and Junior G-Man badges. Purvis, the Timmonsville native with the unassuming name, skyrocketed to such fame in the 1930s as leader of the FBI team that took down some of the biggest gangsters of his day, including John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. His death in 1960 from a gunshot to the head is still shrouded in mystery. Was it a suicide, as first reported? Was it an accidental shooting? Or was there something more sinister behind it?

DVD $24.95
Special Father's Day Package
Battle of Camden: From new guerilla tactics employed by American militia to the actions of an over-confident king, the tragic events that transpired on August 16, 1780 became the catalyst that led to the birth of a nation.
Baseball in the Upstate: From the late 1800’s to present day, the game of baseball has played an important role in the history and culture surrounding the Upstate of South Carolina. Many baseball greats started their careers in either the Textile Mill Leagues or the segregated Negro Leagues. Baseball in the Upstate explores the fascination of baseball, and why it remains one of the favorite pastimes in the area.
Produced and directed by Mitzi Adams.
Just A Game: Carolina-Clemson is truly "Super Bowl" of football in South Carolina. The game lasts only 60 minutes, but the result is written in stone for the next 365 days. ETV's one-hour television documentary features the football teams and fans of the USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers, culminating in the 2007 showdown at Williams-Brice Stadium. How can one football game mean so much to so many people? What does it mean to bleed garnet and black...or orange and purple? And why do fans seem to live or die by what happens in this crucial game. Carolina Stories: "Just a Game" tackles these questions and much more as it celebrates the history and culture of the Palmetto State's most storied rivalry.


DVD $49.95
DRIVE-INS & SODA SHOPS
Enjoy a "Chili Cheese A-Plenty" at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, a burger and fries at the Sky View in Florence, and a root beer float at SNO-CAP in North Augusta. Take time to watch a movie under the stars at "The Big Mo" Drive-In Theater in Monetta or the 21 Drive-In in Beaufort. South Carolina's nostalgic past is very much alive, if you know where to look for it! Enjoy ETV's presentation of "Drive-Ins and Soda Shops."

DVD $24.95
The Snowbird Cherokees
This documentary looks at life in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, particularly in the relatively isolated traditional community of Snowbird, deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. When Cherokees were evicted from their native lands by the United States government in 1838, many of the ancestors of Snowbird managed to flee in advance of the soldiers, returning to their homes after months of hiding in the forests of the Smokey Mountains.

In addition to exploring the daily lives and culture of the Eastern Cherokees, this program delves into the history of the Cherokees, especially since the arrival of European whites in their territory. Descriptions of traditional Cherokee beliefs offer some insight into their worldview and how Cherokees today see their world and their future.

Intercutting historical elements with contemporary life in the Eastern Band, this is one of the few programs that focuses on Eastern, rather than Western, Cherokees.


DVD $34.95
Carolina Stories: South Carolina from A to Z
Our great state is known for many wonderful places, rich cultural traditions, beautiful and unique flora and fauna, and the source of a variety of products found nowhere else in the nation. This new Carolina Stories special takes a lighthearted look at favorite places and homegrown things, spanning the alphabet to showcase all that South Carolina has to offer.

DVD $24.95
Carolina Stories: Ghosts and Legends of South Carolina II
With Halloween around the corner, Ghosts and Legends of South Carolina II, takes a spine-tingling look at more of the Palmetto State's ghosts, legends and other mysteries.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Miss Springmaid
Carolina Stories: Miss Springmaid is the story of World War I hero and legendary advertising savant Elliott White Springs. The 30-minute program takes an unflinching look at the irrepressible and provocative advertising slant that made “Springmaid” sheets a household name and changed the approach of the entire country’s advertising industry.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Forgotten Founder
Forgotten Founder is a historical visualization of the biography of Charles Pinckney, whose life serves as the basis for much of where and how we live today. Through the use of original digital art work, period illustrations, historical documents, dramatic reenactments, and studio interviews this program will weave a tapestry that tells the story of a true public servant whose contributions to the birth of our nation and state are matched by no other historical figure. Produced, directed and edited by Sanford Adams. Funded in part by the Friends of Historic Snee Farm and Humanities Council SC.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Jail, No Bail
On January 31, 1961, ten black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, SC walked into McCrory’s, sat at the lunch counter, and ordered hamburgers and soft drinks. They were denied service and asked to leave. After refusing to leave, the students were arrested for trespassing and processed.

DVD $19.95
Aiken: Much Ado About Horses
"There's something about horses," says polo expert Charlie Bostwick. "People like 'em." Aiken, South Carolina is a small, charming "horse town" that keeps people coming back, and many love to call it their home.
Track racing champions—such as Kelso, Shuvee, Summer Squall, and Sea Hero—were trained in Aiken. Relive this charming city's own 2004 "Triple Crown"—three consecutive weekends of equestrian events. Disciplines include steeplechase, polo, hunting, carriage driving, horse shows, three-day eventing, and more.


DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: The Last Ride: Memories of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion
For nearly 60 years, the Pavilion was synonymous with music, rides, fun in the sun. Like a whirling dervish, it was a heady time at the popular beachfront hangout. During the hour long program, man-on-the-street conversations give viewers a glimpse back in time where teens cruised the strip and beach music ruled, providing momentum for South Carolina's celebrated dance, "The Shag."

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Incident at Mars Bluff
"Incident at Mars Bluff" explores how the world's most technologically advanced air power came to drop a three-ton nuclear device on a small town in South Carolina. Interviews with the surviving members of the Gregg family will reveal how the incident affected them then and to this day. Additional interviews with surviving crew members, Air Force personnel, Mars Bluff residents and Cold War historians will shed light on the incident and provide local, national and international perspectives on the world's first nuclear blunder. Excitement at Mars Bluff over the atomic bomb died out almost as quickly as it had started and the incident faded into an obscure corner of history and few people outside the tiny village are even aware that it took place.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Ghosts and Legends III
Carolina Stories: Ghost and Legends of South Carolina III explores two famous ghosts with roots on Pawley’s Island, “The Gray Man” and “Alice of the Hermitage.” The program also investigates Bubba the Ghost at the South Carolina State Museum and the ghosts of the University of South Carolina’s Longstreet Theatre. The Carolina Stories crew goes back to Charleston to unearth tales of buried treasure and other legendary pirate stories.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories:The Lady in Black
Using a blend of original and NASCAR footage from the archives, this fast-paced program tracks the history of the Darlington Raceway, as told by the true legends of the sport, including Cale Yarborough, Cotton Owens, Junior Johnson and David Pearson as well as some of today's biggest names, such as Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Richard Childress and the "Iron Man" of the Nationwide Series, Jason Keller.

DVD $19.95
Carolina Stories: Uncommon Folk
There are some artists that fall outside of the definition of fine art. Sometimes referred to as folk, outsider, visionary or memory artists, most are driven to create something that has a special meaning to them. Some use objects from their own back yard, or illustrate person visions or cultural history, while others use art to cope with life. Some are celebrated locally, while the work of others goes unseen until their deaths. One thing they have in common is that they are destined to leave their impression on this world through their work. Carolina Stories: Uncommon Folk takes a look at some of South Carolina's unique self-taught artists in conjunction with the SC State Museum exhibit by the same title. Featured are Maxie Eades, Reverend Johnny Simmons, L.C. Carson, Sam Doyle, Ernest Lee and Margaret Robbins. Produced, directed, written and edited by Lynn Cornfoot.

DVD $24.95

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