Instructional Television Program Adds Prestigious Emmy Award To List of National and Local Honors

June 18, 1999
A Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Instructional Television program on the Civil War Battle of Antietam has won its ninth award in two years.

"Voices of Antietam," which has been aired extensively on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and the MCPS Cable TV channel, won an Emmy Award for Cinematography from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. The show was one of only a small number of independent, non-network affiliated productions to win the prestigious award after being nominated in three categories.

Previously, the show won five national honors, including the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award and a Telly award. The production also earned a Broome Award from the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) for materials developed by MCEA members to enhance the curriculum.

"Voices of Antietam," which is based on the U.S. history curriculum used in county high schools, was shot on location at the 1997 reenactment of the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, MD.

Paula Rehr, television instructional specialist, researched, wrote, directed and produced the program with the help of Daniel Sokolowski, television production assistant, and Mike Murdock of Millennium Productions, a private television production company in Rockville. Chris Berry, social studies resource teacher at James Hubert Blake High School, and Richard Wilson, coordinator of secondary social studies, consulted on the program content. Charles Askew, social studies teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, was the narrator.

C. Wayne Thompson, a graphic artist in MCPS Electronic Graphics and Publishing Services, was a reenactor at the site and created the graphics for the show.

The program was funded by grants from the Montgomery County Humanities Commission, the Maryland State Arts Council and the MCPS TV Foundation. In addition, Millennium Productions donated many hours of service.

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