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City, county consider video proposals

By DARRELL SMITH and BOB HANSEN - news@newsexaminer.com

An independent videographer who wants to make five videos about Fayette County made proposals to the Connersville City Council and the Fayette County Commissioners last week.

While neither group took action, the County Commissioners are interested in trying to find about $2,000 to pay for the project. 

Satolli Glassmeyer of Sunman told the City Council on Monday that his company, History in Your Own Backyard, wants to make a video featuring the history of the community, including an interview with someone from from the city who knows the city’s history.

On Tuesday, he proposed making a video about the history of the courthouse during a presentation to the County Commissioners. Similar to the city video, it would include an interview with someone who knows the building’s history and video footage of areas talked about in the interview.

He said his videos tell the younger generation about the community, educate the general public about the community and would preserve the history by placing the video in the state archives for future generations, he said. The videos will also be on the company’s YouTube channel.

“So if you can imagine if someone would have done a project like this 100 years ago on Connersville and they did four or five videos on the town and the different buildings and we had that database, it would be a really good treasure to have,” he told the commissioners.

The cost is normally $899 for a video but he has someone who is covering the first $500 for the first five videos produced in the community. If a church or owner of a historic building wanted a video of its history, the cost would be $899, minus the first $500.

Gary Naylor, president of the county commissioners, said he had seen the company’s videos about Rush County and thought they were well done and accurate.

Commissioner Dale Strong said he hoped the county Tourism Board and Historic Connersville could work together and provide funding. Naylor appointed him to try to coordinate with those groups. The Tourism Board meets Wednesday.

City Council member David Nutty said he has viewed several of the videos and thought they have been well done and interesting. The City Council took no action.

“If we can get people as excited about history as they are about sports, we can save these buildings,” Glassmeyer said.

In the past five years, his company has produced almost 355 similar videos with more than 720,000 views, he said.