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Bachman presents at international conference

Bill Bachman
1/15/2007 —

William E. Bachman, instructor in Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, was invited to present "Frances Slocum…A Study in Video Story Telling" at the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities on January 12–15 in Honolulu.

Natives of northeastern Pennsylvania may be familiar with the story of Frances Slocum who, at the age of five, was kidnapped by Indians and taken to Indiana where she lived for 60 years as a Miami Indian Queen known as Maconaquah. Frances would never see her parents again, but thanks to the persistence of her siblings, she was reunited with them in 1837.

Bachman has been spearheading an effort to bring a historically accurate video account of the life of Frances Slocum to elementary and secondary schools in both Pennsylvania and Indiana. According to Bachman, bringing this story to life in film presented unique challenges from casting of characters to selection of locations for historically accurate depictions of the time period. “Frances Slocum…Lost Daughter of Wyoming,” is a work in progress with scripting completed and initial shooting begun.  Historical accuracy in both content and location shooting is a prime focus of this presentation.

The film project will carry with it a teacher’s study guide developed by the author.  Upon completion, the finished product will also be offered to regional museums and historical societies where the author’s previous film projects have been received. Additional consideration will be given to the issues of promoting the finished television program and arranging for a combination of public and commercial television airing of the piece.

Bachman earned his B.F.A. and M.A. in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology. He has been an instructor at the Wilkes-Barre campus since 2002 where he teaches a variety of communication courses from speech communication to organizational communications and mass media and society.


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