Our Town: Chillicothe

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ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media has rescheduled the premiere screening of Our Town: Chillicothe for Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m. The hour-long historical documentary film will premiere during a free in-person screening event at Chillicothe’s historic Majestic Theatre.


Our Town: Chillicothe Free Premiere Screening

Sunday, March 12

3 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe

Register Here: https://bit.ly/WOUBChillicothe


“We know this has been a long time coming and the people of Chillicothe are ready to see this film,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “We are thrilled to be able to share this program with the community and premiere it at such a historic place.”

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; David Nickens, the first Black ordained minister in Ohio who helped start Chillicothe’s First Baptist Church; and Former U.S. First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, who was the first First Lady to have a college degree.

“Throughout the process of editing this film, one thing has been abundantly clear: Chillicothe knows and loves its history. To be able to visually share Chillicothe’s unique stories and rich history with an audience is an exciting payoff,” said WOUB Producer/Director Chris Flanery. “I hope the residents of Chillicothe enjoy seeing their history brought to life on the big screen as much as I have.”

Chillicothe is the eighth documentary in WOUB’s Our Town series. Previously highlighted communities in the Our Town series include Lancaster, Pomeroy, Nelsonville, Jackson, Athens, Morgan County and Gallipolis. 

WOUB is asking those who plan to attend to pre-register, so we know how many people to expect. You can register here: https://bit.ly/WOUBChillicothe


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.

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