Discovering Deerpath is an award-winning historical documentary about the town of Lake Forest, IL. Although a relatively small town (population of approximately 20,000), history has been very kind to this north shore darling.
Narrated by Emmy Award Winning Host Bill Kurtis, the film covers local and national events/figures dating back to the early 1800's. Unlike the many great books that have been written about the town, Discovering Deerpath discusses the town's origins through many breathtaking works of art and animations.
The movie discusses the history of Lake Forest Day, the creation of Lake Forest College, the early Irish settlers, the nationally acclaimed Market Square and Onwentsia Club. Local figures that are discussed in detail include the Farwell Brothers, Sylvester Lind, Samuel Dent, Marshall Field, A.B. Dick, J. Ogden Armour, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Dr. Theodore Proxmire and Greeley Wells (who brought in the first flag on Iwo Jima).
The film also includes interviews with Arthur H. Miller (author), Glennette Tilley Turner (author), Katherine Kane (Executive Director, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center), John Shedd Reed, Robert Stuart, Jr. and James A. Lovell (Astronaut, Apollo 8/13) and features gorgeous cinematography, vintage photography and original works of art (over 80 original paintings were commissioned for the film).
National events and figures that are covered include Abraham Lincoln, Lyman Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Underground Railroad, Thomas Edison, The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Upton Sinclair (author of "The Jungle"), Charles Lindbergh, The Battle of Iwo Jima and the famous Apollo 8 mission (man's first journey to the moon). [less