Most of us have seen those Heritage Minutes on television, 60 second dramas that depict such events as the discovery of insulin, invention of the game of basketball, and people such as Lucy Maud Montgomery. This is the inspiration behind the Moments in Algoma PSA series a local initiative to highlight Algoma’s history through short dramatized videos.
One Moment in Algoma is in the can and the hope is, it will spark the creation of an ongoing series. It is the newest project of Living History Algoma, the volunteer run non-profit organization that produces the Oral History of Sault Ste. Marie (OHSSM) collection.
This first Moment features the contributions of J.W. LeBreton Ross, longest running superintendent of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, first president of the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society, and founding member of the Sault Ste. Marie Historical Society. At 2 minutes, the video is intended to bring awareness to the subject in an entertaining format.
The LHA board member spearheading the project is Wendy Hamilton. “This is a pilot episode you could say. If we find media outlets are happy to have the content, and schools and community organizations find them a useful tool, we have a long list of local subjects compiled for future Moments. They’re a small budget production since this is a community based initiative, but it will create work for local filmmakers, crew and talent.”
“Moments in Algoma: J.W. LeBreton Ross” was produced in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. Have a watch.