Browse Oral History Student Projects - UIS by Title

  • Horner, Henry (2006)
    Horner discusses his enlistment and experience as a long-range B-29 crew member in the Pacific Theatre in WWII and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards for his service. He describes his reaction to the ...

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  • Wade, James Marcus (2006)
    Wade discusses his twenty-year experience in the Navy especially during the Vietnam War as a Navy SEAL in Southeast Asia and as a stateside recruiter. He recalls growing up in Memphis, TN and describes the tense atmosphere ...

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  • Hasara, Karen (2004)
    Hasara, Springfield’s first woman mayor (1995-2003), was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives (1986-1992) and also served in the Illinois Senate (1992-1995). She discusses the eventful moments that marked her ...

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  • Harris, Kathryn M. (2009)
    Harris, a resident of Springfield, serves as the Library Service Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. She discusses her decision to attend library school at UIUC and the Patriot Act. Harris, a librarian ...

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  • Houston, J. Michael (2006)
    Former Mayor Michael Houston discusses his tenure as Springfield’s mayor from 1979 to 1987. He recalls his employment prior to and after being elected mayor, and he discusses events during his tenure such as the revitalization ...

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  • Snodgrass, Gloria Lynne South (2012)
    Gloria Lynne South Snodgrass recounts the history of South's Greenhouse in Springfield, Illinois. Snodgrass's grandparents, Charles and Hazel South, founded the business in 1922 and their family operated it until 1991. ...

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  • Podeschi, Richard P.; Podeschi, Richard L. "Rick"; Podeschi, Richard P. "RJ" (2004)
    The Podeschi family discusses the small, independent, yet vibrant family-run grocery store in Mattoon, IL. "My Store" opened in 1955, and the family feel its success is due to hard work, commitment to service & quality, ...

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  • Kammin, Wade (2012)
    Kammin, owns and operates Wild Birds Unlimited, a nature store devoted to the care and feeding of birds, and he is a life-long bird lover. He transitioned to Springfield from Covington, Indiana, and contributes to the ...

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