Carl Sandburg was known as “a poet of the people.” He wrote much of his published work at Connemara, an idyllic 248-acre estate in Flat Rock. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, located on his original homestead, recently received a collection of video interviews, thanks to a donation from Bonesteel Films, Inc.
The documentary The Day Carl Sandburg Died features such notable folk heroes as Pete Seeger and Studs Terkel. Now these video interviews and transcripts have found a permanent home. These additions to the archives will be a resource to staff and outside researchers looking to increase their knowledge of Carl Sandburg’s life and work.
Filmmaker Paul Bonesteel describes Sandburg as a “fascinating and complex person, and as often happens in documentary filmmaking, an amazing amount of materials we gathered for the film was not able to be included in it, but can be valuable in future study of his life and times,” says Bonesteel. “I’m thrilled that these interviews are part of the Carl Sandburg Home NHS archives and accessible to people.”
The national premier of The Day Carl Sandburg Died will be on Monday, Sept. 24 on PBS. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Info: www.nps.gov/carl or 693-4178.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service