VIDEO: WOUB Releases Trailer for “Our Town: Chillicothe”

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Our Town: Chillicothe is scheduled to premiere in Fall of 2021

ATHENS, OH – – The new trailer for Our Town: Chillicothe looks at the history of the Ross County city as if it can all be found in one scrapbook. But WOUB Producer/Director Evan Shaw is the first to tell you that it would be impossible to put photos of the rich and robust history of Chillicothe in one collection.

“And even that would be an understatement,” said Shaw. “The story of Chillicothe is not only important in telling the story of Southeast Ohio, it’s also critical in telling the story of the state of Ohio.”

Chillicothe was the first capital of the state of Ohio and is known for its presence on the State of Ohio seal with a circular coat of arms that depicts a Chillicothe sunrise. The film will examine many other unique aspects and people of Chillicothe including: how it is home to the oldest newspaper west of the Allegheny Mountains; the influence of the papermaking industry; how World War I contributed to the city’s growth and its notable residents like Librarian Burton Stevenson who created an immense library system for Camp Sherman; Commander Henry Walke, a prominent naval Captain and artist during the Civil War; Oliver Anderson, a free man of color who was kidnapped from his Chillicothe home by southern slave catchers; and Former U.S. First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, who was the first First Lady to have a college degree.

The trailer was released this week and is a glimpse of what viewers will see when the documentary debuts in September of 2021.

“I knew going into production of the Chillicothe documentary that there was going to be a lot of amazing history,” said Shaw. “But I truly had no idea, and I think there are so many amazing stories that people don’t know. I’m excited that we are going to be able to share them.”

Shaw is a 14-time Emmy-Award winner. Previously highlighted communities in the Our Town series include Lancaster, Pomeroy, Nelsonville, Jackson, Athens, Morgan County and Gallipolis.

Our Town: Chillicothe is scheduled to premiere at a free public screening in Chillicothe in September 2021.  The date is subject to change due to the Coronavirus pandemic. More information will be released later.


About Our Town

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.