The Parkinsons : An Update

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  • The Parkinsons of Warnock, Ohio were featured in the 1940 documentary Power and the Land, a government-sponsored project touting the benefits of using federal loans to modernize rural homesteads. The family of seven was shown hard at work on their dairy farm before gaining electricity, and after. In this program, grandchildren and neighbors of the Parkinsons share memories of the family and discuss how the future played out for the Parkinson children.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 26, 2013.
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  • Revisiting the Parkinsons (0:59) -- "Nice People, That's All" (2:47) -- "Got Away with a Lot of Things" (3:03) -- "One of the Most Exciting Things" (3:02) -- "Power and the Land" Premiere (0:46) -- "Power and the Land" Additional Films (3:46) -- Parkinson Boys and the Draft (5:53) -- Parkinson Bravery in World War II (Graphic) (3:04) -- Battle of Sinz (4:54) -- Post-War Farm Life (3:08) -- "Jake Stayed Home" (1:36) -- Giving Back to the Community (3:55) -- Parkinsons in the Korean War (4:42) -- Teaching Rural Electrification History (1:59) -- Parkinson Family in their Own Words (5:42) -- Parkinson Family Legacy (1:52) -- Electrifying Rural America (2:25) -- A Unique American Generation (1:41) -- Credits: The Parkinsons: An Update-Electrification Comes to the Farm (0:08)
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