Saving Our History One Building at a Time
As a first semester public speaking student, I was given the assignment to write a speech about either an organization, a building, or business that has had an impact on our community of Washington. Through this assignment, I was acquainted with the organization, Downtown Washington, Inc. I learned all about how they work to preserve our town’s historical resources.
When a scholarship opportunity arose to create a presentation about a piece of Washington’s history, I decided to expand on my speech idea into video form.
I took a broad approach, covering more of Washington’s history as a whole rather than just one specific piece. I wanted to showcase a series of historical buildings that were significant to our town’s heritage, along with several others that are still thriving today. From there, I chose to introduce the team that works behind the scenes to preserve these buildings for us to enjoy.
I had great interviews with both Marc Houseman and Bridgette Kelch. They were very informative and passionate about their work. They taught me so many interesting things about our community, and I ended up with 30 minutes of footage from both subjects.
Writing my script and piecing together the interviews was a fairly smooth process. I had a vision from the start, so the layout came together quickly. Most of my time went to collecting b-roll that was interesting to the eye and matched up with what the audience would be hearing.
I spent a lot of time in and out of the Washington Historical Society where Marc graciously helped me track down pictures of our town’s past. I then would drive around the downtown area seeking out the buildings I had seen in the pictures.
I needed an abundance of b-roll for my video which is originally 8 minutes long for the scholarship committee. Once Ms. Turner saw it, she said she felt it belonged on our TV show! With the help of Ms. Turner, this version has been trimmed down just below five minutes for our show.
I am very excited with how it all came together. I learned so much during the process, and I hope that after watching it, you will learn and discover a newfound appreciation for our town’s history! I also hope that you will consider how important it is to keep and maintain our historical structures all across America.