The public will get an opportunity to see a Shelbyville High School broadcasting class project on the Chautauqua building in Forest Park.

The video will be shown at the Boarman’s Roxy Theatre on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The class worked on the project during the fall, interviewing local residents and doing research about the Chautauqua at the Shelby County Historical and Genealogical Society.

“We wanted to demonstrate the reasons why the Chautauqua is important, the history, and why people should be interested in the restoration project,” said class sponsor Becky Walden.

“I think the kids did a great job,” said City Commissioner Noel Bolinger. “They took it seriously. They were very thorough and did a great job.”

The video references the history of the building and the Chautauquas (meetings) and includes interviews with residents such as Daisy Rittgers and June McCain.

“The students will tell you that they learned more about the history of Shelbyville. I feel that they have gained a greater appreciation for the history of their community,” Walden said. “They were impressed by the numbers of people who attended the Chautauquas, and by some of the speakers and entertainers.”

“I didn’t know how much history happened there. It amazes me,” said student Mackenzie Fleshner while she was gathering information.

“There’s a lot more than I already knew. I’ve learned a lot and there’s plenty more to learn,” said student Ben Sweeney. “I’m excited to finally see it rebuilt. It deserves to be rebuilt.”

Students who worked on the video were seniors Drew Bosgraaf, Trevor Pruemer, Ann Nottingham, Mikailah Clark, Ben Sweeney, Morgan Ladd, Makenzie Fleshner, and Regina Lockwood.

“The video they did is very good. It covered a lot of topics we want to get across,” said Chautauqua Preservation committee member Mark Atteberry.

The Chautauqua Preservation committee has also comprised a video that will be shown in conjunction with the students’project.

“The Preservation Committee’s video will better explain what has to be done,” said Atteberry. “We put together information about the history, the phases of the restoration project and funding issues included grant opportunities.”

Atteberry added that members of the committee will be available at the showing to answer questions.

The next step in the restoration project is to start fundraising.

“We will be talking to people and businesses,” Atteberry said. the grants available have a matching fund basis, so we need to raise those matching funds. We’re going to have to get as cuch support as we can from the community.”

Atteberry emphasized that they are not asking for a financial commitment at the video showing, but that information will be available.

The Preservation Committee has developed a website,, that offers more information about the Chautauqua building.

“The website gives people the opportunity to do their own research,” Atteberry said.

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