Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Trevor Anderson and Isabella Paredes
The historical Charleston Square is small but lively with many unique stores and shops surrounding the old courthouse. The grounds of the courthouse contain many memorials to commemorate soldiers involved in past wars.
Thousands of used books cover the shelves at Bob’s Bookstore. The owner of the bookstore, Joe Judd, talked of the many interesting books that have been popular buys. Joe talked about some of the characters in the Charleston square.
Charleston Square has a second bookstore, Pensees Bookstore. In the store, it feels as if they have just as many books as Bob’s Bookstore, but they haven’t been used and are more expensive. The Superman cutout is the first thing that will catch a customer’s attention when they walk into the store.
One of the artistic sides of the town square is shown through the town mural. The mural does a good job of showing the history of the square. The mural is directly across the Will Rogers theater.
The Will Rogers theater was one of the main renovations of the town square. The town right now is forming a pension to remodel the theater. The theater was once one of the main attractions of the city. As of right now the theater is being remodeled on the inside but outside renovations have yet to begin.
The Charleston Square is filled with history that is shown throughout the artwork, stores, and the courthouse grounds.