Popular regional journalist Cathy Wurzer explores forgotten history of Highway 61 through book and TV documentary
After six years of research and writing and racking up thousands of miles on her rickety old car, Minnesota broadcast journalist Cathy Wurzer has become an expert on the history of Highway 61 and the sites, secrets and stories along it.
Join Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio and co-host of Almanac on Minnesota Public Television for a FREE “Tales of the Road-Highway61” best selling book and Emmy Award winning television documentary talk and Q & A at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Go on an historic road trip with Cathy Wurzer without leaving your seat!
The first-of-its-kind, beautifully filmed “Tales of the Road-Highway 61” public television documentary takes viewers on an historic 440-mile road trip from Grand Portage to La Crescent, Minnesota. Using a little known, Depression-era travel guide and driving a vintage Cadillac, Wurzer explores the secrets of places long gone along Highway 61 and spins stories about people from the past.
“I focused on places that tended to get ignored along the highway,” shared Ms. Wurzer. “Almost everyone in Minnesota has either heard about or driven on Highway 61. It runs through some of the most beautiful terrain in the state. The problem is, not many people know about the intriguing bits of history along almost every mile of Highway 61. We’ll bring that to life while in Detroit Lakes at the Historic Holmes Theatre,” she concluded.
Cathy will attend a “Tales of the Road” book and TV documentary discussion/luncheon at noon at Detroit Lakes Library on Monday, May 3 sponsored by the Becker County Friends of the Library and Speak Easy Restaurant. She also intends to speak to several writing and journalism classes at Detroit Lakes High School throughout the school day on Tuesday, May 4.
Ms. Wurzer’s book and TV documentary will be available for purchase at the Detroit Lakes Library and Historic Holmes Theatre events.
Be sure to join us for this FREE event!
Ms. Wurzer is coming to the community of Detroit Lakes through an artist-in-residence program supported in part by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, The Minnesota Humanities Center’s “Authors in Communities” Grant Program, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Media sponsorship is provided by Minnesota Public Radio.
About Cathy Wurzer:
One of the Upper Midwest’s premiere broadcast journalists, Minnesota native Cathy Wurzer is the host of Morning Edition on MPR and has won numerous Emmy Awards for her work as the co-host of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television. “Tales of the Road-Highway 61” is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The broadcast documentary was produced by Cathy Wurzer in conjunction with Palisade Productions and Twin Cities Public Television. http://www.talesoftheroad.net/