In addition to airing extensively on Naperville Community Television, the NCTV17 documentaries are also placed in the Naperville libraries and preserved at Naper Settlement for generations to come. The NCTV17-produced documentaries are truly “forever” pieces that provide the community with educational insight into their heritage, instill respect for the spirit of the community that began long ago, and inspire the citizens of today.
On May 2nd, in celebration of NCTV17's 25th Anniversary, we invited Naperville to join us making a community-wide documentary about one day in the life of our town. Residents submitted video showcasing everything from swing dancing to seniors at Mass to toddlers playing in the park. NCTV17's staff also took our cameras out for the entire 24 hours so we could tell Naperville's story from every angle!
Kidz Kabaret - The Documentary gives us an unrestrictive view of the behind the scenes intensity, passion, love and often chaos that is Kidz Kabaret, Naperville's only non-audition children's theatre company. Viewers meet the charismatic director Kandiss Hernandez and discover how she took an idea literally from her backyard to center stage and a thriving theatre.
When Naperville stood on the Council-Manager form of government in 1969, they had no idea the city would develop into the economic and residential center it is today. Meeting the demands of the oncoming growth of the region and making decisions based on the quality of life for its residents. This documentary follows the City of Naperville's transformation into the thriving, high-tech metropolis it is today.
We Are Y
The Man Behind the Ink
As North Central began their sesquicentennial year, they teamed up with NCTV17 to create a five part documentary series that chronicles the College’s 150-year history. DVD's are available for purchase at the North Central College Bookstore. Call 630-637-5635
This documantary takes you on a tour of the Kroehler YMCA to discover its past struggles and how it pioneered well-being in its members’ lives.
See for yourself how the YMCA first arrived in Naperville, how it adapted through decades of change, and how one organization can make such a big impact on an entire community.
Dick Locher's career began as a child when his father encouraged him to draw and included more than four decades of political cardoons for the Chicago Tribune,including one that earned him a Pulitzer Prize. The documentary chronicles how Dick Locher came to be an editorial cartoonist in 1953 and spans his illustrious career.
The Band Plays On
A Hallmark of Heritage
Featuring local businesses Anderson’s Bookshops, Oswald’s Pharmacy, Kreger’s Central Foods, Beidelman Furniture and Biedelman-Kunsch Funeral Home. This documentary chronicles how the Anderson, Kreger and Beidelman families have successfully adapted over many decades to an ever-changing world, and worked with multiple generations of family.
Commemorating the band’s 150th anniversary this entertaining and exciting documentary chronicles the band’s beginnings and shows their growth throughout their long and storied existence in Naperville. This documentary includes fascinating and insightful interviews with musicians and experts, including Director Ron Keller and Ann Lord, the Mistress of Ceremonies since 1957.
Celebrating the Naperville Heritage Society’s 40th anniversary, this documentary chronicles its beginnings and the formation of Naper Settlement and its rise to community and national prominence.
Two Brothers, One Beer
The Art of Letter Writing
A Role of Their Own
In the 1840’s, the Stenger family came to Naperville from Germany and began a brewery. Located at Franklin Avenue between Webster and Main, the Stenger Brewery was known to produce up to 17,000 barrels of beer a year. Brothers, John and Nick Stenger, founded the brewery and this documentary takes a look at the role beer played in society; and how the brewery contributed to the development of Naperville.
Amidst all the excitement of e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook this documentary looks at the founding idea behind these social networks and how long-distance communication came into existence. Learn about the history of the Paw Paw Post Office, and the art of letter writing.
Interviews with local experts will guide you through local artist and historian Les Schrader’s life as he
created paintings that were almost photographic in detail and historically accurate.
What do Clarissa Hobson, Hannah Ditzler, Caroline Martin Mitchell, Matie Egermann, Genevieve Towsley, Peg Price, and Mary Lou Cowlishaw have in common? Each one of these influential women contributed spirit, intelligence, passion, and devotion to the vibrant shaping of Naperville. While they all shared a love for
Naperville, each carved her own unique position that would make a significant impact still felt today.
Moments in Time
The Naperville Riverwalk
Martin Mitchell Mansion
The Century Walk’s artwork tells the story of Naperville’s significant people, places, and events of the 21st century in this documentary.
Century Walk Founder Brand Bobosky provides fascinating details about how the pieces came to be chosen, funded, and uniquely crafted. You’ll get to see how some of the sculptures are actually made and peek into the thoughts of the artists.
This is more than a story of a linear park; it is the story of the spirit of Naperville and how its citizens came together to celebrate its first 150 years, and turned the
city’s eye sore into its crown jewel. Produced in partnership with the Riverwalk Foundation and is partially supported by a grant from the City of Naperville.
The story about the Martin family, their family business, and Caroline Martin Mitchell’s generous bequest of the Mansion and the surrounding 212 acres to the City of Naperville. In addition, the documentary showcases the recent meticulous restoration of the mansion. This documentary was funded in part by The Rotary Club of Naperville Fund for the Arts.
Story of Joseph Naper
One in a Million
The first feature documentary produced about our City’s founder sheds light on Joseph Naper the man; his vision, struggles, and triumphs; and how he helped build the community we know today. “Community Building on the Great Frontier” was funded by a grant from the City of Naperville.
In 1931, Walter Fredenhagen and his boyhood friend, Earl Prince opened the first of five Prince Castle Ice Cream Shops in Naperville. Their partnership was sealed with a handshake and would lead to many ice cream innovations such as the multi-mixer shake machine, see-through ice cream containers and the square ice cream scoop.