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WOUB’s “Our Town: Chillicothe” premiere screening is being postponed

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Film premiere will be rescheduled for the Fall of 2022

ATHENS, OH – Due to production, staffing and safety issues as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WOUB Public Media is postponing the premiere screening of Our Town: Chillicothe. The event was scheduled for March 27 at the Majestic Theatre. It will be rescheduled for the fall of 2022.

“We are saddened to have to postpone this premiere screening again because we know how excited people are to see the film,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “But navigating the wide range of issues that have come up to premiere this film while keeping staff and community members safe during a pandemic have been difficult, and unfortunately we need to reschedule.”

WOUB will be rescheduling the broadcast premiere of the program as well.

“We want the people in Chillicothe to be the first to see the film at a premiere screening event,” said Brewer. “So, we will wait to air the film on television as well.”

The Chillicothe film is the eighth historical documentary in WOUB’s Our Town series.

The film examines the history of Chillicothe as the first and third capital of the state of Ohio as well as its presence on the State of Ohio seal with a circular coat of arms that depicts a Chillicothe sunrise. This film also looks at many other unique aspects and people ​from Chillicothe’s history 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 ​and later founded the American Library in Paris; Commander Henry Walke, a prominent naval Captain and artist; 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.


About Our Town

Our Town is a historical documentary series produced by WOUB Public Media 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.