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North Central to premiere conclusion of documentary about 150-year history

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April 26, 2012—North Central College invites the public to the free premiere of the final part of a documentary series produced with Naperville Community Television that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

“Moving Into the 21st Century” is the final segment of the five-part documentary series “A Promising Start,” which commemorates the College’s Sesquicentennial. The segment will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

The documentary series production is led by Naperville Community Television’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Director Elizabeth Braham Spencer, who also is adjunct professor of broadcast communication at the College.

“Moving Into the 21st Century” spans the period 1991 to present, during the administration of Harold R. Wilde, the ninth of North Central’s nine presidents.

“With an outstanding team of faculty and staff, the college returns to its roots as an exceptional small liberal arts residential college, the football team wins several conference championships and students return to North Central in record numbers,” Spencer says.

The documentary brings the story to life through reenactments, video, historical photos, letters and interviews with historical experts such as Ann Durkin Keating, C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central and co-author of the book, “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.”

DVD copies of the documentary will be available for sale at the North Central College Bookstore, 100 E. Jefferson Ave. DVDs will be available singly or as a set; call the Bookstore at 630-637-5635 to learn more.

North Central College is planning numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects through Commencement on June 9. Visit for additional details.