Finding “Religious America” and “Lighthouse in Loleta”

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On December 30, 2000, D'Arcy Fallon posted this on the bulletin board:

I have desperately been trying to get a copy of Phil Garvin's “Religious America” series since the commune where I lived was one of the communities featured in the series. Does anybody have ANY idea where I can get/buy/borrow a copy? I'm writing a book about the community where I lived and the segment on Lighthouse in Loleta would help immeasurably. Many thanks…

D'Arcy's message was forwarded to of WGBH Media Archives and Preservation Center, who sent it on to the Resource Center. Almost immediately D'Arcy was notified by of that department. They had located the program she'd been on a long (and fruitless) search for. She'll soon have a copy of her own. Thanks, Mary and Vlads.


  1. John B. Gray on August 27, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Good Day,

    When at WGBH I helped put together a Phonics Series for the Eastern Educational Television Network and the 21 Inch Classroom called Word Workers, Inc.

    This was in the 70’s.

    Hosts were Louise McNamara and Frank Lane. I was co-developer with Helen Popp of Harvard School of Education and Producer-Director.

    Just a wonderin’ if anything still exists including our amazing teacher guide.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    John B. Gray

  2. Leah Weisse on August 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Contact the GBH Archives via email at: It looks like much of the series has been digitized but not cleared for online access. If enough of you push, maybe we can get it cleared, though I suspect there might be hurdles like background music, release restrictions and stock footage/stills that may be holding it up.

    Good Luck!

  3. Boyd Estus on August 19, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I am also interested in several of these films . Thanks

  4. Ron Juncal on August 15, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    I would also appreciate getting a copy . please let me know the cost and process.
    Thanks so much

  5. Erin Fleming on March 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I am also trying to find a copy and would greatly appreciate any help.

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