Help preserve history with your hobby

by Brian Bo July. 06, 2020 194 views
Built in 1916, the Avon is still here today  - taken 7/4/20

Built in 1916, the Avon is still here today - taken 7/4/20

Using Social Media

Social media like, many things, can be used for good or evil. One good thing you can do with it is to share images of historic places and things in your community.

I don't know about your town. But, it seems we are bent on replacing history with "cheap" alternatives. Or simply letting it rot with broken and boarded up windows. I often drive through our smallish town in central Illinois and wonder what things were like 20, 30, 50, 100 years ago.

Sometimes you don't even know you might be the last "civilian" to photograph something. I had an experience like that prior to the demolishing of the pump house on Lake Decatur a few months back. I'll share pictures of that another time.

These kinds of images can also start conversations. I set this to my profile pic and added this comment,

"I wonder how many people here in town saw The Goonies at the Avon when it was released. I also wonder what this block looked like in June of 1985? And what it might look like 38 years from now."

The current owner replied,

"The block looked pretty much the same in 1985, Brian. The Avon front was a different color, but basically the block looked as it does now. The parking garage across the street has been there since 1962, so the Empress Theater and all the shops across the street were all gone.
JC Penney's was still in the building that houses the Avon Twins, but they would head to the mall in Forsyth soon. As for 38 years from now? I'm sure no one thought the Avon would still be standing 104 years later when it was built in 1916, so who knows?? Thanks for the post!

Skip's reply, only further stokes my curiosity and imagination. I am thinking of seeing if once they are back open if he will allow me and my camera inside for a few hours. And, maybe setup one evening for some night shots out front.

Like other business, they were hit hard by the lockdowns. I'm sure it's hard enough competing with the megaplexes on both ends of town who aren't drawing big crowds either. But to not even be able to operate...

The also had an electrical issue that has prevented them from opening on June 26th. Hopefully they will be open again soon. I didn't watch The Goonies on a big screen. But it sounds like fun. It's also been too long since I had some of their Bacon Popcorn!

https://www.facebook.com/TheAvonTheatre/
http://www.theavon.com

Go fund me page to help with repairs and cover reoccurring costs during the lock down. https://www.gofundme.com

Do you document your town? Do you share those images on social media? If you do what kind of impact did it have? Please comment and share links with your images below.

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Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This is such an important idea! Thank you! I have a few photos of our local historic movie house North Park Theater from April. I tried it share in this comment but can't seem to figure out how!

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Brian Bo Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 2 weeks ago

My best guess would be to copy and paste the URL to the images?   I would enjoy seeing them. 

And I certainly don't mind if I have to do some copy and paste since they don't appear to be clickable in comments.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Brian Bo 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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Brian Bo Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! Looking now.  How did you get that link to work?

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Brian Bo 6 months, 2 weeks ago

At first I was just trying to copy the photo itself into the comments, but you gave me the idea of copying the URL from the post! You have inspired me to take more photos of local historical landmarks!

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Brian Bo Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Cool!  I look forward to seeing them.  I thought I was already following you, but wasn't. Now I am.

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