People Saving Places Video Project

Landmarks Illinois has partnered with Kennedy-King College Media Communications Department on an exciting new video project to produce eight, short videos on people saving places in communities throughout Illinois. Landmarks Illinois staff and Kennedy-King College student interns have traveled around Illinois during February and March to capture on film the inspiring stories of people dedicated to historic preservation. These stories show how people are leveraging historic preservation to boost economic development, attract cultural heritage tourism and increase pride of place.

This program is made possible through generous funding from Illinois Humanities and The Richard and Julia Moe Fund for Statewide and Local Partners, a fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

On April 21, Landmarks Illinois will host a screening event at the historic Roxy Cinemas in Ottawa to showcase the eight videos produced by the students. The screening event includes a discussion with the students on their travel experiences around the state to capture these inspiring stories. A reception at the nearby The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa will immediately follow the screening.

Space for the screening event is limited. Registration is encouraged.

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Event Information

View event details and learn more about the "People Saving Places: Stories About the Importance of Place" Video Project

Date & Location

Friday, April 21


Roxy Cinemas
827 La Salle St.
Ottawa, IL
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


The Lone Buffalo
812 La Salle St.
Ottawa, IL
6:30 p.m.

Reception Information

Join us for a reception at The Lone Buffalo immediately following the screening event. Celebrate the culmination of this exciting project with the student filmmakers, Landmarks Illinois staff, video project funders and the inspiring people featured in the videos. We will announce which video was the audience’s favorite and present a prize to the winning student filmmakers.

Space for the reception is limited. Not all who attend the screening will be able to attend the reception. Registration is highly encouraged. Reception tickets include appetizers and two drink tickets at The Lone Buffalo.

Screening Information

The screening event at Roxy Cinemas will showcase the eight, short videos student filmmakers from Kennedy-King College in Chicago produced on stories of people saving places throughout Illinois. The screening will include a forum, moderated by Illinois Humanities, on the student’s experiences traveling throughout the state to film and create these videos for Landmarks Illinois. Audience members will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite video. Winners will be announced at the reception.

More about the Video Project & our Funders

This program represents a partnership between Landmarks Illinois and City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King’s Media Communications program. Vamonde and Green River Films are also partners on this project. A special thanks to our funders: Illinois Humanities and The Richard and Julia Moe Fund for Statewide and Local Partners, a fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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