"Illuminate Chester" premiers first short movie at MJ Freed

The “Illuminate Chester” series debuts with a short documentary focusing on the story of William Penn’s landing site in Chester.

CHESTER, PA--(January 17, 2019)--The first video in the “Illuminate Chester” series will premiere during a public event at the MJ Freed Theater in Chester on Thursday, January 24th.

The series is made possible by a $40,000 grant from PECO to The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and intends to shed light on the stories that have defined Chester's past and continue to shape the city's future.

“Celebrations of cultural heritage and resilience illuminate the strong sense of pride and possibility that exists in the city,” said Laurie Zierer, PHC’s executive director. “When communities reclaim stories from the past and define what they value, they're build their future in their own terms. Chester is a leader in showing the power of stories to make positive change.”

Launching the series is Penn Landed Here, and There… a short documentary focusing on Chester’s connection to William Penn. Directed by Chester Made Project Manager Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, the video examines the story behind the historic landing site in Chester where Penn first arrived in Pennsylvania and why the place best recognized as “Penn’s Landing” today is in Philadelphia.

The premiere at MJ Freed Theater will feature a panel discussion including Slaughter, Jordan B. Smith, professor of history at Widener University, Carol Fireng, local historian, and publisher of the Chester Matters Blog, Stefan Roots.

A sneak preview of the second video in the series about the controversy surrounding the Deshong Art Museum will also be presented. Local residents are invited to ask questions of the panel and share their own stories, photos, and artifacts related to Chester’s history as Slaughter seeks out new content to highlight in the remainder of the series.

“This project is helping to reveal Chester's historic treasures and the city's contribution to the country's foundation,” said Slaughter.

When: Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Where: MJ Freed Theater, 515 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013