Browse Brookens Library by Title

  • Seeling, Alfred (1977)
    Seeling, coal miner, discusses his experiences in strip mines in central Illinois and Kentucky: various jobs held, strip mining, machines, and operators; life in Du Quoin and Canton, Illinois; reclamation of land, coal ...
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  • Weller, Alice (1991)
    Weller discusses growing up in coal mining communities in central Illinois; joining the Progressives during the mine wars; gangsters; life in Henderson, Illinois; working in factories; enlistment in the Marines during WWII; ...
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  • Rohrer, Allen (1984)
    Rohrer recalls living in Kentucky: farming, family, home life, Depression, home remedies, military service, Bethel College in Tennessee, and becoming a Baptist minister; moving to Taylorville, Illinois, life as a single ...
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  • Hahn, Amanda Crane (1987)
    Hahn recalls life in a coal mining community at Greenridge, near Girard, Illinois. She also recalls Springfield, Illinois: Old Springfield Hospital; the 1918 influenza epidemic; Harvard Park Baptist Church; and the Harvard ...
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  • Ferguson, Ann (1976)
    Ferguson discusses coal mining in Mt. Olive, Illinois: her husband's work, mining conditions, mine fires, organization of the Progressive Miners and its Women's Auxiliary, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, violence and mine ...
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  • Patton, Annabelle (1983)
    Annabelle Patton discusses her work and experiences during the early years of Sangamon State University in the 1970's: her education in Springfield, Illinois, first SSU President Robert Spencer, community outreach, hiring ...
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  • Dickerman, Barbara D. (2008)
    Dickerman, SSU Recruiter/Admissions staff member and former SSU student discusses her experiences at Sangamon State University, having graduated in 1986. Barbara and Cullom Davis reminisce about the early days of the ...
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  • Ferrara, Barbara (2010)
    Barbara Ferrara, in 2010 the Associate Director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, reminisces about her career at the University. A 35 year employee of SSU/UIS, Ferrara discusses her experiences as a ...
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  • Schull, Ben (1976)
    Schull discusses his coal mining career around Illinois: digging coal and driving mules in Vermillion County, working as a mine manager and inspector in southern Illinois, duties as director of the Illinois Department of ...
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  • Herron, Bertha Y. (1991)
    Herron recalls Auburn, Illinois: her parents' immigration and farm, Depression, coal mines, home life, schooling, working at grocery stores, railroads, and entertainment. Interview by Daniel W. Dixon, 1991. 6 tapes, 330 mins.
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  • Hearne, Betsy (2012)
    Hearne is an emerita professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the University Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is an avid storyteller, poet, and writer, authoring her first book at age five. ...
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  • Golden, Betty (1983)
    Golden recalls her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, the Depression, family, Jewish religion and holidays, marriage, move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, home business, anti-semitism, and employment. Interview by Rhonda Golden, ...
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  • Ippolito, Bill (1982)
    Ippolito discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, training for Fire Direction Control, transfer to Vietnam, bases near Tan An, Can Giuoc, and Ben Luc, artillery and combat, meals, companies and ...
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  • Schimm, Bill (2006)
    Schimm recalls his experience as a member of the 4th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. This personal account recalls the feelings and emotions of an 18-year-old from Iowa dealing with the horrors ...
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  • Laing, Tony (Editor) (Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Department of African American Studies. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2010)
    The creation of the formal Black studies program at the University of Illinois Springfield was established due to the political times, which included Jessie Jackson’s visit to campus as a presidential candidate. ...
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  • Croteau, Bob (2009)
    Croteau, Renewable Energy Conservation Manager for Springfield’s City, Water, Light, and Power (CWLP) discusses classes taken at Sangamon State University on renewable energy in pursuing his environmental studies degree. ...
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  • Davis, Bobby L. (2009)
    Davis, resident of Elizabethtown, Illinois, recalls his personal experiences in the army during the Vietnam conflict. He was drafted after graduating from high school and worked in a local fluorspar mine. Davis recalls ...
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  • Chrisman, Bruce (1986)
    Chrisman discusses pacifism; his status as a conscientious objector to Vietnam draft registration; University of Illinois; engineering; alternate war service; war tax resistance and the IRS trial. Interview by Peggy Boyer, ...
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  • Strom, Raymond Bruce (2009)
    Strom, a 1977 SSU graduate and former Springfield Alderman, discusses his experiences at Sangamon State University. He obtained a master’s in administration-generic that was one of the choices available as a graduate ...
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  • Lohman, Carol (2008)
    Lohman was a member of the Springfield Committee for Higher Education that began meeting in 1966 to start the new university in the capitol city. The name – Sangamon State University – was selected from nominations by the ...
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