Community Building on the Great Frontier


Community Building on the Great Frontier: The Story of Joseph Naper and the Founding of Naperville. 50 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2006]. DVD. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to the Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

The first feature documentary produced about Naperville’s founder sheds light on Joseph Naper the man: his vision, struggles and triumphs; and how he helped build the community we know today.  Sea Captain Joseph Naper brought thirteen families to Naperville in 1831, platted the land, was instrumental in carving out DuPage County from Cook County in 1839, and served as the first president of the Village of Naperville in 1857.