I appreciate anything that honors Julia Child; she is one of our national treasures. So I was glad to learn that the American Archive of Public Broadcasting is digitizing some of her appearances that might otherwise be lost, as well as working to preserve all sorts of public radio and television content that dates back to the 1950s.
They recently digitized this gem of a skit that was “filmed and produced for WGBH's 1964 Christmas party,” according to The Atlantic. It was a spoof on the PBS station’s show “Science Reporter.” Originally created to be viewed just one time, it’s now available to the public thanks to the American Archive of Pubic Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston.
Right now, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting is hard at work bringing tens of thousands of hours of old media into the digital age. When they launch a website for the public in 2015, there will be 40,00 hours of footage available. If they can raise more funds, they will make even more available.
Among those 40,000 hours will be interviews recorded as African-Americans struggled to register to vote during the Freedom Summer; there will be the live speeches and press conferences of Robert F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; there will be entire episodes of public-media favorites like Mister Roger's Neighborhood and Julia Child's The French Chef.
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