Joplin — The Newton County Tourism Council presented a very special award — the ADDY award — to the Quapaw Tribe for underwriting the recent documentary about the Civil War Battle of Newtonia.
The presentation took place Wednesday afternoon inside the new hotel expansion of Downstream Casino Resort.
Explaining the process of the documentary and how the award came about was Steve Roark, president of NCTC.
“Rudy Farber and I traveled up here to Downstream Casino about three years ago with an idea to produce a documentary on the Newtonia Civil War battlefield,” Roark said. “We talked with Chairman John Berrey (with the Downstream Development Authority), and his council about the importance of the Native American involvement in the Civil War, particularly the Civil War battles that took place there at Newtonia. They graciously agreed to underwrite the documentary that was produced by public television, directed and written by Paul Wannenmacher.”
In December 2009, the Quapaw Nation and Downstream Casino presented a $40,000 check to the Newton County Tourism Council to fund the documentary.
In late May 2010, the documentary was filmed in the village of Newtonia, where Civil War re-enactors came together for the project. Since then, the documentary has appeared on PBS stations around the country.
“That documentary has become quite a success in the middle and eastern parts of the country. It has been shown dozens of times. It continues to be shown over and over again,” Roark said. “Every fall it gets shown again. And credit to that documentary and the underwriting of that goes to Chairman Berrey and the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma, Downstream Casino Resort. The story gets better because just this summer we received notification that we had won an ADDY award. These ADDY awards are given for productions that are above and beyond what the normal mainstream is.”
Roark presented the award to Berrey as members of the tourism council, along with business leaders from Newtonia, Joplin and Neosho and Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce members looked on.
“It is something that you all made possible and it is very much appreciated,” Roark said.
Berrey offered his thanks for the award.
As far as what the ADDY award means, Roark said, “This recognition of this ADDY award means that we did something that was first class and it is recognized as such in this region. So when we go out to new markets for public television and we try to get this placed in those markets, then having that ADDY award goes a long way toward having them take a second look at that in their programming schedule to include that as part of their package for viewers.”
Not only was he presented with the ADDY, but also the tourism council presented Berrey and the Quapaw tribe with something else.
Page 2 of 2 - Roark also presented a photo collage, which was of all of the filming activities that took place in the village of Newtonia when the documentary was being filmed.
“This is our appreciation to you for what you did for us, thank you,” he added.
During the Civil War, Newtonia saw two battles. The first battle – which is depicted in the documentary – occurred on Sept. 30 1862, and an unprecedented number of Native American units fought on both sides. The second battle, Oct. 28, 1864, was the last one fought in Missouri. Approximately 350 soldiers were either killed or wounded in 1862, and 650 casualties were reported in the 1864 battle.