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One of the largest Starved Rock State Park projects in history of the 30+ year organization.

April 12, 2023

OGLESBY, IL – The Starved Rock Historical and Educational Foundation Board unanimously approved a $33,000 Audio/Visual center upgrade at Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center.

This upgrade will provide visitors with an enhanced viewing and listening experience, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the wide range of park films and educational presentations.

“We are thrilled to announce the major update to the Audio/Visual Center at our Visitor Center,” Pam Grivetti, President of the Starved Rock Foundation, stated. “With these enhancements, we aim to provide an even better experience for our visitors, ensuring they can fully immerse themselves in the beauty and history of Starved Rock State Park.”

The new upgrade will include a range of features such as the addition of new speakers and amplifiers, Bluetooth capability for visitors with hearing aids, remastering and closed captioning of films, an updated screen to showcase the new projector quality, and a new control board and exterior monitor. These updates will make it easier for park staff and volunteers to stage and start the films, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors.

Alvin Harper, Site Superintendent for Starved Rock State Park, stated, “Over the past few decades, the Foundation has provided unwavering support to the Park. Their dedication and hard work have been instrumental in visitor recreation, education, and conservation. Today is yet another example of their stewardship.”

This significant investment demonstrates the Foundation's commitment to providing visitors with the best possible experience when they visit the Starved Rock State Park. The Foundation believes these updates will significantly improve the overall experience for visitors and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the updated Audio/Visual Center later this summer.

The Foundation is actively seeking donations for the project. Individuals or businesses looking to contribute to the audio/visual room should contact Foundation President Pam Grivetti by email at Donations are also being accepted at online at

About the Starved Rock Foundation: The Starved Rock Historical and Educational Foundation is the nonprofit organization for Starved Rock State Park, located in North Central Illinois. The Foundation includes a volunteer program which staffs the Visitor Center information desk and leads interpretive hikes, provides educational materials, and conducts special events and presentations. It also raises monies for appropriate materials, equipment, and the improvement of Starved Rock State Park through memberships, donations, and profit from the 100% volunteer run LeRocher Book Store in the Visitor Center. Over $400,000 has been donated over the past 30+ years by an elected board of directors. Learn more about the Foundation, becoming a volunteer, or donating at

Media Contact:

Matthew Klein

Marketing and Communications Director

Starved Rock Foundation

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