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Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story

Own this Emmy Award-winning production from the team that created Minnesota: A History of the Land. Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story traces the development of America's bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary river. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film offers solutions to the river's troubles through fresh ideas and concrete solutions.

Click here to purchase a DVD licensed for personal home use only.

Click here to purchase a DVD or streaming license for educational or institutional use nationwide and throughout the world.

To purchase a streaming license for educational or institutional use in Minnesota, email: grind063@umn.edu


History of the LandMinnesota: A History of the Land

The widely acclaimed award-winning documentary, Minnesota: A History of the Land, is a five-part series that brings to life the epic story of the people and landscapes of Minnesota from the retreat of the last ice sheets to the growth of today's suburbs.

Teachers! Visit the official History of the Land website in order to download lesson plans and discussion questions for the classroom! This curriculum is customized for middle school science, history or social studies.

Purchase a DVD licensed for personal home use only:
Minnesota History of the Land, episodes 1-4
Minnesota History of the Land, episode 5

To purchase a streaming license for educational or institutional use, email: grind063@umn.edu
 


HOL_cdSoundtrack to History of the Land (CD)

by Peter Ostroushko
Audio CD of music from the public television series, original score by Peter Ostroushko. "One of America's greatest mandolinists/fiddlers delivers his finest, most broadly appealing work ever."

Purchasing Instructions: The CD is available through the University of Minnesota Bookstore for $15.00 plus tax and shipping. Call (612) 626-0559 or get more info online.
 


Audubon and the Art of Birds

Published in conjunction with Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit developed by the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. Using Audubon's images as a focal point, the book includes works by many other artists as it explores the human fascination with birds from the Renaissance to the present day. Paperback.

Purchasing Instructions: Available through the University of Minnesota Bookstore for $15.00 plus tax and shipping or call (612) 626-0559.

 


My Life in Natural History

An autobiography by Walter J. Breckenridge
The life and times of one of Minnesota's most legendary naturalists is the subject of "My Life in Natural History by Walter J. Breckenridge," just published by the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History. The 178-page book also features 44 pages of color plates of his paintings - many of which became limited edition prints. Known for his paintings of birds and wildlife settings, Breckenridge also is widely recognized for pioneering the craft of wildlife filmmaking - many done in passionate response to human pressures facing animals and their ecosystems. His scientific work and environmental advocacy led to the establishment of parks, wetlands and wildlife areas including Nerstrand Woods State Park, the Springbrook Nature Center and the university's Cedar Creek Natural History Area.

Purchasing Instructions: The book is available through the University of Minnesota Bookstore for $29.95 plus tax and shipping. Call (612) 626-0559 or get more info online.


Common Plants of Itasca State Park

A native plants field guide by Anita F. Cholewa and David Biesboer
From cattails to wild rice, water lilies to sarsaparilla, the plants of Itasca State Park are showcased in full color in a new field guide, "Common Plants of Itasca State Park," published by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History. Authors Anita Cholewa, Bell Museum curator of temperate plants, and David Biesboer, director of the university's Itasca Biological Station, set out to create a simple, user-friendly guide designed for visitors to the park. The book can also be used as a resource guide for the urban gardener working with native Minnesota plants.

Purchasing Instructions: The guide, organized alphabetically by common plant names and generously illustrated with full color photos, sells for $26.95 from the University of Minnesota Bookstore. Call (612) 626-0559 or visit the book's page at the University of Minnesota Bookstore for further ordering information.
 


Francis Lee Jaques, Artist - Naturalist

by Donald T. Luce and Laura M. Andrew
A biographical essay illustrated with Jaques’s drawings and paintings. Published in association with the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis.

Purchasing Instructions: The book sells for $15.00 from the University of Minnesota Press. Call (612) 627-1931 or visit the book's page at the University of Minnesota Press for further ordering information.
 


Shotguns_Stehoscopes_150Shotgun and Stethoscope: The Journals of Thomas Sadler Roberts

Printed by the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, edited and trascribed by Penelope Krosch, July 1991

Purchasing Instructions: The book sells for $12.50 from the University of Minnesota Bookstore. Call (612) 626-0559 or visit the book's page at the University of Minnesota Bookstore for further ordering information.

  

 


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