Join the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society as it celebrates its film heritage during “Founders Day: Film” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, at the Historic Henry County Courthouse.
Distinguished Speakers will be Tracy Tate, granddaughter of Julius Hermes, and representatives of Eastman Performance Films – Ricky Nelson, Operations Manager, and Kristoff Lievens, Site Manager. Former employees of Martin Processing, Courtaulds, and CP Films and current and former employees of Eastman Performance Films are especially invited to attend to be recognized.
Attendees are encouraged to wear or bring company products and other mementos. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/725963766113359.
Hermes came to Martinsville from Patterson, New Jersey, in 1935, and managed Fontaine Converting Works for many years. He disassociated himself from the firm and started Martin Processing in Collinsville in 1956. Once a major player in the textile and carpet yarn-dying business, the company was hard hit during the late 1970s. A chemist, engineer, and entrepreneur, he redirected the company’s energies into plastic film products.
Four generations of the Hermes family plan to attend Founders Day.
“The Historical Society honors an industry at Founders Day each year which helped to create and develop our community,” John Phillips, president of the Historical Society, said. “Previously recognized are furniture, textile, and lumber. We are excited to celebrate film this year and encourage everyone to join us. Film may be a global industry, but its roots are local and continue to flourish.”
Admission to Founders Day is free, made possible by corporate sponsors, Carter Bank & Trust and The Lester Group.
The Historic Henry County Courthouse is fully handicapped accessible. Following the presentation,