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Seven months in the making and filmed in Wisconsin and Illinois, Finding Isaac Thorp, tells the story of Plymouth’s first settler and his family, and attempts to unravel the modern-day mystery of Isaac’s final resting place. The film traces the family through the 1845 Wisconsin wilderness, the Civil War, across the rough plains of 19th century Kansas and showcases key national events and their effects on Plymouth’s people and its history.
In addition to the Thorp’s, the film also loosely documents the lives of three of Plymouth’s other early pioneering families, the Davidson’s, Taylor’s, and Smith’s. Months of research by Dan Buckman, President of the Plymouth Historical Society, Debbi Simonis of Hollywood, Florida, and the film’s writer and producer, Tony Giambra of a Plywood Productions, culminated in this eye-opening journey into our city’s earliest history. Simonis is the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Isaac Thorp. Buckman, the documentary’s host, and Plymouth residents and businesswomen, Margaret Wittkopp, and Leslie Kleinhans-Blad, offer historical insight, through running commentary, into those long-ago times. The film is co-produced by Jerry Thompson, Plymouth businessman. Actors from the Fond du lac Community Theater serve as backing for the story’s narration. Finding Isaac Thorp does its best to place the viewer right smack in the middle of the era topic. The production is wonderfully narrated by Plymouth’s own Warren Wittkopp. Still photographs and vintage film footage were repaired and enhanced by Plymouth native and professional photographer Peter Hernandez.
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Proceeds from the DVD will in-part benefit the Historical Society to support our ongoing efforts of preserving Plymouth’s rich history.
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