Production is complete for a major Civil War documentary about the men and boys of Wasioja, Minnesota, who enlisted to serve the Union. The documentary, produced by HTC’s Interactive Design and Video Production program in partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of Wasioja, follows the soldiers’ journey from muster at Fort Snelling to the Grand March in Washington, D.C., at war’s end. The documentary also highlights Wasioja Civil War Days reenactments that took place in June 2011.

HTC will host a free screening of the documentary Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Campus Auditorium.

Screening Agenda:
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - Light refreshments
6:15 p.m. - Part 1: From Wasioja to Washington (53 min)
Intermission and introductions of the production crew, actors and producers.
8:00 p.m.- Part 2: Wasioja Civil War Days (46 min)

Eleven students from the video production program traveled to Wasioja with 14 cameras to capture the Wasioja Civil War Days reenactments. “We planned the production for eight months,” said Rich Oxley, executive producer for the documentary and one of three HTC instructors who accompanied the students. “It was truly an amazing learning opportunity for our students.”

The video program students crafted the documentary from over 100 hours of footage to tell this little-known Minnesota Civil War story. Included in the footage are three different reenactment battles: The Battle of Chickamauga, the First Battle of Bull Run, and the Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. In addition, there are living history events such as Union and Confederate soldiers conducting drills.

About the Production
The documentary is under the direction of Hennepin Technical College video student Sam Henderson, who knew that the non-profit organization Friends of Wasioja ( wanted to record Wasioja Civil War Days to create a documentary commemorating the sesquicentennial of the war’s start. He brought this idea to the HTC Media Storm video club and received an amazing response. Three faculty members, Rich Oxley, Andi Johnson and Todd Randall, accompanied HTC students during production in Wasioja.

Where's Wasioja? An historic little town, Wasioja is near Rochester, very close to Kasson and Mantorville.
Why Wasioja? The headmaster of Northwestern Baptist Seminary in Wasioja, one of Minnesota’s first colleges, recruited many of the boys from the college and Dodge County to enlist as soldiers. The town today has the ruins of the college and the only remaining Civil War recruiting station west of the Mississippi River.

The boys were part of the 2nd Minnesota Company C and fought at Chickamauga, and during Sherman's March to Atlanta, the March to the Sea, and the routing of South Carolina. Even though only two Wasioja boys died in battle, many did not return after the war. This devastated the town.

Students participating in the documentary were Jason Ewert, Justing Brown, Sam Klewja, Isaiah Janiak, Steve Timm, Joe Young, Phil Engsminger Patrick Willson, Ashley Janssen, Caleb Nyabuto, Sam Henderson, Josh Bieker, Tyler Hanus, Ben Lee and Andrew Peterson. Alumni include Andi Johnson, Todd Randall, Kassy Langum, Margo Cavis, Clay Ebeling and Dan Past. The documentary features original music composed by Jordan Cox.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2012-03-28 08:05:22