Capturing Humanities

by Michael Saldivar, Missouri Humanities Cinematographer 

As I near my MH work anniversary in December, I can’t help but look back and appreciate the growth of these last 2 years. I have learned so much about the humanities and what it means to be human. Through my position as Cinematographer, I have been able to interview people and organizations and explore topics across Missouri. Many of us drive through Missouri to visit state parks, have a lake weekend, or my favorite, visit new wineries. I know I have my favorite gas station stops along the way, but other than that I don’t go out of my way to explore those towns. 

We aren’t just a flyover state, and we wanted to share their stories with our pilot program called Small Town Showcase. The program has two ways of engaging, a video and podcast to a company. Besides all the great food and atmosphere, my favorite part is always the people. They are the foundation of a town, their stories give us a glimpse of the past and hope for the future. So far we have visited and produced videos on Marble Hill, Chillicothe, and Mountain Grove. On the road? Check their podcast by clicking here

Looking to the future, we want to continue to provide more options for our members to engage with us online. We currently have a great catalog of videos on our youtube channel which you can watch here. What I am really excited about is our new podcast with Erin Whitson, our Archaeologist. Erin’s first episode is a conversation with Dr. Alex Velez about sounds affecting people in peculiar ways. They speak about the sound of winds across the plains and how it drove isolated farmers into madness. It’s so incredible and you can listen here

Thank you for your continued support, I am looking forward to helping produce more content that you can listen to and watch anywhere!