John McGivern’s Main Streets Features Decorah


We can’t wait to see the Decorah episode of John McGivern’s Main Streets!

On March 21, an episode of the show “John McGivern’s Main Streets,” dedicated entirely to Decorah, Iowa, will air on PBS Wisconsin and may be viewed for free on the PBS Wisconsin website.

The show – a local public television program presented by PBS Wisconsin – is in its third season and focuses on travel around the Upper Midwest. Season 3 features 12 locations in six states.

The filming for the Decorah episode took place in July of 2023 following nearly a year of correspondence with the crew. Alyssa Ritter with Visit Decorah led the effort with support from Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and Winneshiek County Development & Tourism, Inc. There was no cost to the local organizations or included sites.

The Decorah episode features anchor attractions, including Vesterheim, Seed Savers Exchange, Downtown Decorah Betterment Lawn Chair Night’s Nordic Dancer Performance Nordic Fest, Decorah Impact Crater & Sea Scorpion Display in Luther College Valders Hall of Science, local businesses, and historic locations. The crew also filmed at the Decorah Community School District High School Garden and at Luther College’s DNA Lab.

During each episode, six-time Emmy award-winning actor, comedian, and television host John McGivern travels to celebrate the people, unique attractions, history, and businesses of each community he features. His unique brand of storytelling is done through lively interviews with local residents, uncovering the uniqueness and charm of each community he visits. He is joined on the show by Emmy Fink, an Emmy Award-winning television and video host, media personality, and producer with 20 years of on-air experience under her belt.


Check out these photos, courtesy Decorah Chamber, of John McGivern and Emmy Fink at Vesterheim during filming.