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Documentary exploring dramatic Wisconsin vs Amish case screens for Wisconsin Humanities online preview Dec. 29


Part two in the two-part series. Available at

The Amish Incident: Wisconsin vs Yoder, a new documentary produced by award-winning and Regional Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will be presented on Tuesday, December 29th at 6:30 p.m. for a special Wisconsin Humanities free online preview via Facebook. A Q&A session with the Rundles and Dr. Shawn Peters, author of The Yoder Case, will follow the film. Viewers can attend the event at

The Amish Incident: Wisconsin vs Yoder explores the battle over education and parental rights that emerged from a small Amish community near New Glarus, Wisconsin. The 1968 conflict began when Amish parents removed their children from public schools over a state law compelling education beyond the 8th grade. Three Amish fathers were convicted and fined for truancy violations. As a rule, the Amish do not “go to law” to resolve legal conflicts, but with help offered by an outside legal team, the subsequent trial and appeals culminated in a dramatic 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that defined how Wisconsin and other states facilitate education for Amish children.

Part One in the 2-part series. Available at

The Amish Incident: Wisconsin vs Yoder follows the award-winning The Amish Incident: Rural Conflict and Compromise (part one in the two-part series), and blends newly discovered historic photographs and archival materials with on-camera interviews with Shawn Francis Peters, PhD, (The Yoder Case: Religious Freedom, Education, and Parental Rights), nationally-recognized Amish historian Mark DeWalt, PhD (Amish Education in the Unites States and Canada), and local historian Kim D. Tschudy (New Glarus: Images of America), to tell a fascinating and important true story of a monumental courtroom clash over education and religious freedom.


The Amish Incident: Wisconsin vs Yoder was funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Richland County Historical Society is the fiscal sponsor of the documentary project.

Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the producers of eighteen award-winning documentaries including the Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 series, The Barn Raisers, Villisca: Living with a Mystery, and eight regional Emmy® nominated films including Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sons & Daughters of Thunder, Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, Country School: One Room – One Nation, and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT-PBS).

The Wisconsin Humanities is a leading statewide resource for librarians, teachers, museum educators and civic leaders, who drive entertaining and informative programs using history, culture and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone. The Wisconsin Humanities also awards more than $175,000 a year over seven rounds of grants to local organizations piloting humanities programing. For more information on Wisconsin Humanities, visit or connect on Facebook at or Twitter at @WiHumanities.

Fourth Wall Films is a Regional Emmy® nominated and award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  Fourth Wall Films focuses on telling Midwestern stories through historical documentary films that reach viewers via PBS broadcasts, theaters, film festivals, national DVD release and online streaming. Visit for more information.