The Switzerland County Historical Society will host a free screening of the film “Take the River” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hoosier Theater in Vevay.

Thanks to a grant from Switzerland County Tourism, the theater has a new projection system and movies are going to become part of the entertainment offered at the venue, located at 209 Ferry St. in Vevay.

The one-hour historical documentary looks at the events that helped shape southeastern Indiana, from an ancient civilization 3,000 years ago to the communities along and near the Ohio River today.

Clips from the Vevay area include segments filmed at Musee de Venoge and at the Thiebaud Farmstead, as well as stories of the Dufour family, the Schencks, George Ash, Louis Gex Oboussier and wine making at the early Swiss Colony. Mike Danner of Vevay and Dan Back of Patriot also share some local history.

The film explores an ancient citadel, a Revolutionary War Battle, early pioneers and Native Americans, the Underground Railroad, Morgan’s Civil War Raid, the steamboat era, the 1937 Flood and more. It concentrates on the area of Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland and Ripley counties.

Filmmaker and producer Dennis Neary will introduce the film and will answer questions afterwards. “A lot of people will be surprised at how much history there is in this area,” said Neary. “It’s been a learning experience for me, too.”

“Take the River,” which has been shown on WKET and WCET, is Neary’s third documentary to air on PBS stations. He recently wrote and produced 52 Indiana Bicentennial Minutes narrated by Jane Pauley. A native of Aurora, Neary is a graduate of Indiana University.

Each of the counties included in “Take the River” provided funding toward the making of the film. In Switzerland County, support came from Switzerland County Tourism, the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation and the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.

DVDs of the film will be available for $20.