Naperville Heritage Film Collection

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Naperville Recollections Presents The Man Behind the Ink: Dick Locher.  11 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2011].  DVD.  Produced by Naperville Community Television 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17 (permission granted to the Naperville Public Library for use on this site.)

Naperville resident Dick Locher reflects on his successful career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, as well as the writer/artist for the famous comic strip Dick Tracy. To view this film, click here.

 

The Naperville Riverwalk: Flowing Through the Hearts of Naperville.  10 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2000].  Videocassette.  Produced for Riverwalk 2000 by Mary Lou Wehrli.  Copyright held by Mary Lou Wehrli, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Begun in 1981 by volunteers for Naperville’s Sesquicentennial celebration, the finished Riverwalk construction project along the winding DuPage River in the heart of downtown is the pride of the community.  To watch this film, click here.

 

The Naperville Riverwalk: the First 25 Years.  52 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2007].  DVD.  Produced by The Naperville Riverwalk Foundation in cooperation with Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

The Naperville Riverwalk, a permanent memorial from the city’s Sesquicentennial in 1981, is considered by many as the centerpiece of the community.  In its early years the DuPage River was used to power mills and for swimming and ice skating.  By the 1970s it became polluted by industrial waste.  To revitalize the downtown area, the Riverwalk has become a reality through contributions from businesses, organizations and volunteers and has since expanded from the center of the city.  This film offers commentary from the original designers and architects, city mayors, and members of the Riverwalk Foundation.  To view this film, click here.

Naperville’s 150th Birthday: a Sesquicentennial Commemorative Celebration.  35 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 1981].  Videocassette.  Produced by Mary Lou Wehrli.  Copyright held by Mary Lou Wehrli, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

This film captures the main events and leaders of the Naperville Sesquicentennial celebration.  To view this film, click here.


The Oliver Julian Kendall Story. 27 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 1998]. Videorecording. Produced by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Judd Kendall Post 3873 and Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Oliver Julian “Judd” Kendall, son of Francis A. Kendall, Mayor of Naperville, served as First Lieutenant in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Force in 1st Engineers, 1st Division. He was taken prisoner by the Germans May 25, 1918 as American forces planned to capture Cantigny, France. He died, not revealing the map of attack plans, earning him the distinction of being Naperville’s “Nathan Hale.” Kendall Park and Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary School are named after him. To view this film, click here.

 

One-in-a-Million: the Cock Robin and Prince Castles Story.  59 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2004].  DVD.  Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Founded in Naperville in 1931 by Walter Fredenhagen and Earl S. Prince as Prince Castles, later Cock Robin, this restaurant chain served ice cream and steakburgers throughout the Chicago area.  Known for its square ice cream scoops, thick “one-in-a-million” malted milks and multimixers once sold by Ray Kroc, the company prided itself on its quality ingredients and affordable prices.  The site of the original Cock Robin in Naperville is now Fredenhagen Park on the Riverwalk.  To view this film click here.

 

A Role of Their Own.  48 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2007].  DVD.  Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Naperville has had strong women to help shape the community from earliest times until today.  Featured as examples are Clarissa Hobson, Caroline Martin Mitchell, Margaret Price, Genevieve Towsley, Mary Lou Cowlishaw, Hannah Ditzler and Matie Egermann.  To view this film, click here.

 

“Thank You for Your Cooperation”: A History of Centennial Beach.  57 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 1992].  DVD.  Produced by Mary Lou Wehrli.  Copyright held by Mary Lou Wehrli, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

Centennial Beach, the heart of summer activity in downtown Naperville since 1931, has evolved from a limestone quarry to one of the top-rated swimming facilities in the nation.  Begun as a memorial to the city’s centennial anniversary, the man-made beach has incorporated improvements over the years to reflect the needs of its users.  While tracing its history and detailing its operations, the film also shows the joy of a day at the beach experienced by people of all ages.  Interviews with long time users demonstrate its lasting appeal.  Centennial Beach enhances the nearby Riverwalk established in 1981 and is managed by the Naperville Park district.  To view this film, click here.

 

Two Brothers, One Beer and the American Dream.  46 min.  [Naperville, Illinois, 2007].  Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.  Copyright held by NCTV17, permission granted to Naperville Public Library for use on this site.

The Stenger Brewery, which operated in Naperville from around 1851 to its close in 1892, was a major industry in Naperville.  The business was started by Peter Stenger and then managed by his sons John and Nicholas.  The Stenger brothers brewed a lager beer that was popular throughout DuPage County and even Chicago.  Adolph Coors was an employee at one time.  In 1959, the brewery buildings at Franklin and Webster streets were torn down.  Naperville Heritage Society staff, beer historians, and Stenger descendants are interviewed.  To view this film, click here

 

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