Little Indiana on PBS: Rensselaer, Indiana

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Little Indiana on PBS: Rensselaer, Indiana

It’s the first field show for the Little Indiana segment on the PBS state-wide show The Weekly Special. A field show? What does that mean? It means that I did not have to film in the studio and then move on to the voice recordings. It means that the crew headed over my way and I showed them the sights. It let me do more than just tell the story. You got to see and hear it as it happened.

Little Indiana in Rensselaer

Little Indiana on PBS: Rensselaer, Indiana

Little Indiana on PBS: Rensselaer, Indiana

What is it like to film in the field? It’s a wonderful experience. It’s exactly the kind of show I would love to have for Little Indiana. If I could find sponsors, I could have my own full-length, in the field show. It would be filmed in these small towns with me. I would be able to show all of you so much more of these small towns. I could share more about the history. I could give you more shops, more restaurants, and more attractions. You would be able to see these towns represented as they should be–instead of having only a sentence or two to devote to what I want to cover. It’s never enough. I always have more I want to say about these small towns and the businesses inside of them. It would be fantastic to be able to show you more of them in a larger time frame. Let’s try to make that happen, shall we? In the meantime, meet Rensselaer.

I’m so thrilled to show you around Rensselaer, Indiana–and you will find out why during the show. Rensselaer is a good example of what can happen when you have someone invest time and energy into the exterior (and interior) of a building–it brings in new business. It was once the kind of building that dragged the entire block down. It was ugly. It was drab. It needed help.Now, it lifts up the entire block. It gives that part of town much-needed sparkle. It classes it up–and it has created a place for locals and visitors to hangout when they host events. And that, my friends, is a very nice thing to see in any small town.

We all need those hangouts. I’d love to hear your favorite small town hangout. Please leave it in the comments section below. Maybe I can bring the crew to your town.

You can watch me in Rensselaer, Indiana right here (below), on the PBS website, or on YouTube. There’s always more where that came from. With a little luck, I will be able to snag a sponsor which would mean a full length “in the field” show for you every week.

Watch and share the video (and my plea for a sponsor) with your friends, acquaintances, and rich aunts or uncles.

Little Indiana on PBS in Rensselaer, Indiana

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is Little Indiana.

Just don’t forget to tell them that Little Indiana sent you.

Rensselaer, Indiana in Jasper County

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About the Author:

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. Jessica Nunemaker January 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you! I am familiar with DeMotte. I may just do that! The images included in the post are from my visit last summer, if that helps. 🙂

  2. Joyce VanDusen Bailey Risso January 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    So glad I found your sight!!! I replied to your article on Dunn’s Bridge concerning it being made of a ferris wheel. My dad had a garage just north of Baum’s Bridge in Porter county for many years until his health failed. I was always told Baum’s was the bridge that was made of a ferris wheel. I believe it is still there as a historical marker as is my dads garage. I live i n FL now so I am not sure if these still exist as I know them. My son just opened a law office in Demotte and has done extensive research in our family history if you would like to talk to him. It is great to be able to refresh many memories on your sight. Thank you and best wishes for a successful healthy and happy new year!!! (Russell Bailey law office)

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