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State Archives honoree Ken Burns has changed the way we look at history

Filmmaker Ken Burns will receive the Empire State History and Archives Award on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Center for Performing Arts in The Egg. Burns is working on a film about Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. “Believe it or not, nothing has been done on the three of them portraying it as a family drama,” he said. (photo: Cable Risdon)
Filmmaker Ken Burns will receive the Empire State History and Archives Award on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Center for Performing Arts in The Egg. Burns is working on a film about Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. “Believe it or not, nothing has been done on the three of them portraying it as a family drama,” he said. (photo: Cable Risdon)
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There are plenty of ways to tell a good story. And according to filmmaker Ken Burns, nothing beats a historic black-and-white photograph. Twenty-two years ago, however, before his documentary “The Civil War” changed the way people learned their history, that wasn’t always the prevailing opinion. But for five consecutive nights in September of 1990, Americans sat transfixed to their television sets watching an 111⁄2-hour documentary filled mostly with black-and-white images from 150 years ago. Attracting ...


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