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HMML Program on ‘Why Cultural Heritage Matters’ Premieres on TPT

March 25, 2020
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Premieres Sunday, April 19

Tune In. Be Inspired.

In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) is proud to announce the Television Premiere of Why Cultural Heritage Matters on April 19, 2020. This 30-minute program highlights the reasons why preserving the knowledge of the past is important for the understanding of our future.

HMML’s Father Columba Stewart, OSB, and Fred de Sam Lazaro (PBS NewsHour and the Under-told Stories Project) discuss the vital work of digitizing important historical manuscripts in partnership with communities around the world. During their conversation, Fr. Columba explains how and why HMML does its work, emphasizing the importance of preserving the world’s handwritten heritage for the purpose of fostering conversation and respectful debate among different cultures and religions. Finally, Fr. Columba passionately defends the importance of listening to each other in our otherwise divided and polarized world.

Tune in to hear a message of hope during these uncertain times about how we can work together to preserve the stories of the past, so that we may better understand the present and help build a brighter future.

Inspire Others. Continue the Conversation.

Hold a virtual watch party! Inform your friends, family, book group, church community, neighbors, card group, or anyone else you can think of the April 19th program times and channels. Select one of the air times, and invite them to watch it “with” you at the same time from their own socially isolated locations! After the program, continue the conversation with a phone call, Zoom meeting, FaceTime or a good old fashioned over-the- backyard fence chat – just keep the fence between you!

Check out the “Why Cultural Heritage Matters Conversation Guide” for topics and ideas to guide your discussion. You will find interesting and thought-provoking questions and quotes to spark your thinking. Encourage your conversation partners to share the program with others and hold their own watch parties. You will soon discover that the coronavirus isn’t the only topic worth talking about!

Join us!

‘Why Cultural Heritage Matters’ airs:

Starting April 19th, viewers anywhere can stream the program from TPT at: