The Woodward News

Local News

August 18, 2012

The Dust Bowl: Screening of Ken Burns' film draws large crowd

Woodward, Okla. — A packed house was on hand for a preview of the Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl" documentary on Thursday night at the Conference Center in Woodward.

Though the crowd of almost 350 people only saw a 40-minute excerpt of the film on Thursday, the entire documentary will air on OETA on Nov. 18th and 19th.

The film features stories from Oklahomans who survived the Dust Bowl.


Pauline Hodges, of Beaver, was one of the survivors interviewed in the film.

The Dust Bowl was the setting for much of Hodges'  childhood as she was just 2 when it began and 12 when it ended.

"We lived 14 miles west of Forgan, in Beaver County, and lost our farm to the bank," she said. "My dad then went to work for the WPA (Works Progress Administration) or we would have starved to death."

Hodges was impressed with how Burns' documentary turned out and encouraged everyone to watch OETA when the full film airs in November.

"When people see the entire film, they will be really impressed on how thorough it is on the Dust Bowl," she said.

Hodges said she appreciated being able to participate in the making of the film, which went beyond just sharing her own memories.

"My job on the film, not only as a survivor, was to check the accuracy of the people in the film and that it was historically accurate," she said.

As someone who lived through the Dust Bowl, Hodges said she thinks it's even more important for those who didn't to learn all they can about it.

She said more teachers should teach the history of the Dust Bowl and educate their students on what they can do to help prevent another devastating drought like that.

"Right now it is just up to the FFA and 4-H advisors to teach conservation," she said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014

  • Red Cross seeking additional volunteers

    The Red Cross is currently looking for volunteers in Woodward and the surrounding areas.

    July 20, 2014

  • Changes in military surplus program still causing some problems

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years.

    July 20, 2014

  • Love for Dr. Waddell easy to see

    Doctor Donald Waddell is known by many names by many people.

    July 20, 2014 1 Video