Browse Oral History Student Projects - UIS by Title

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Harmony, Charlie; Harmony, Ben (2006)
    Interview with Springfield’s first Rock and Roll band; the Harmony brothers discuss their musical career as the “teen idol” Harmony Boys in the 1950s. With a sound similar to the more well-known Everly Brothers, the ...

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  • Leeper, Corwin; Leeper, Mary A. (2009)
    Corwin and Mary Leeper, residents if Illiopolis, IL, discuss their life of farming for almost 50 years in central Illinois. Corwin discusses the many technological advancements in agriculture over the years, and Mary ...

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  • Helms, Elaine Thirlwall (1993)
    Helms, one of six children, was the first generation of Thirlwalls to be born in the United States. Her parents separately emigrated from England to Virden, IL where they met and married and had six children of their own.

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  • 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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