You know those old, grainy camcorder videos of you when you were just a little kid, playing around in your backyard? It could be hard to believe that someday, your home movies could be seen as invaluable to historians. That’s what Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum is all about – celebrating these portals into the past that give us an intimate, firsthand glimpse of life in bygone decades.
The event is coming up soon on Saturday, October 15th and runs from 11 AM until 3 PM, and guests are welcomed to bring their personal home movies to the museum in order to showcase the past on film. From friends and family members that have passed on to the fashion trends of bygone eras to the documentation of old shopping centers, amusement parks, and stores that have changed or no longer exist, home movies are a wealth of information to history buffs.
So don’t be shy – come to Home Movie Day to celebrate and watch a variety of different home videos from many different backgrounds and eras. You’re also free to donate old reels you no longer want, or keep them after the event; it’s up to you. Admission to the event is free, so don’t hesitate to swing by for an unusual look into the past on film.