Photo of Gallipolis along the Ohio River

WOUB Asks Locals to Contribute Old Photos and Items to Our Town: Gallipolis

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Filmmaker will hold event at Bossard Memorial Library October 18

ATHENS, OH – Your photos and local stories could be a part of the next installment of WOUB Public Media’s Our Town historical documentary series. WOUB announced earlier this month that Gallipolis will be the next town featured, and WOUB would like the people of the southeast Ohio river town to play an important role in the development of the story that is told.

WOUB Filmmaker Evan Shaw will be at the Bossard Memorial Library, 7 Spruce Street, in Gallipolis on October 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. to meet with area citizens who have pictures, documents or items to share and/or stories to tell to inform the story of Gallipolis. WOUB will not keep any of the items shared during the event. The items will be digitally scanned and returned to the owner on site or a time will be arranged to capture video of the historical item. There is no appointment necessary. Community members are encouraged just to stop by.

Producer Evan Shaw taking video at Emancipation Proclamation Day celebration
WOUB Producer Evan Shaw took video at the recent Emancipation Proclamation Day celebration for possible use in Our Town: Gallipolis.

“We really want to hear from the people who live in Gallipolis and call the Gallia County town home,” said Shaw. “These are the people who have photos or items that have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of these accounts and family treasures are things you can’t find in a library, and they are the kinds of items that really get at the heart and soul of a community.”

Our Town: Gallipolis will premiere at a free public screening in Gallipolis in March of 2020. More information on the date and location will be announced soon.

In the documentary, Shaw plans to examine Gallipolis’ French roots, as well as looking at many other historical events that shaped this Gallia County village. Topics will include: the formation of the Ohio River, the Battle of Point Pleasant, the Silver Bridge disaster, and what’s said to be the longest running Emancipation Proclamation Day celebration in the United States, along with some of its more notable residents like Bob Evans and Grandma Gatewood. However, Shaw knows the core of Gallipolis goes much deeper than these significant events and people.

“I’m really excited to see pictures and hear stories from the people of Gallipolis because when you can start to put those small nuggets and treasured stories together, you begin to get at the heart of a community and a culture, and you truly find out what hometown pride is all about.”

Shaw is a 13-time Emmy-Award winner and a southeastern Ohio native from neighboring Meigs County. Previously highlighted communities in the Our Town series include Lancaster, Pomeroy, Nelsonville, Jackson, Athens, and Morgan County.


WOUB Our Town Historic Photo/Document/Item Sharing Event

When: October 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Bossard Memorial Library, 7 Spruce Street, Gallipolis

Questions? Contact Cheri Russo at or call  740-566-8717



About Our Town

Logo of Our Town documentary series

Our Town is a historical documentary series produced by WOUB Public Media and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact which aims to tell the unique creation stories of communities in the Appalachian region. Through the telling of this history, Our Town is building the collective story of the Appalachian region and developing an incredible sense of place and purpose to inspire residents to continue building on the past to create a stronger future.