Interviews

Search more than 1,000 interviews in more than a dozen oral history collections. Search by collection name or interviewee name.

Take me back to the Oral History landing page.


Donald Sevener - Community College Project

Illinois's community college system history and development.

Michael Shakman - General Interest -Statecraft

Chicago lawyer who took on the city's Democratic machine

John Shaw - Civics Education

Former political reporter and executive director of the Paul Simon Institute.

Kenneth 'Buzz' Shaw - Higher Education

Former Chancellor of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) System discusses his distinguished career.

Lucille Shaw - Alternatives in Education

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Tom Shaw - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Dixon native and the manager of the Dixon 'Telegraph' during the Reagan administration.

Dr. Susan Shea - Educational Reform Act 1985

Dr. Shea, (State Board of Education and Illinois Education Association) gives an administrator's perspective of the 1985 Educational Reform Act

Matthew Shipley - Public School Funding

Developing a Site Based Reporting Initiative to support the ESSA Act.

Craig Shirley - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Reagan campaign staffer recalls working on Reagan presidential campaigns

Paul Shuman - Modern Era

Reflections of a life-long farmer and former Board of Director member of the IL Farm Bureau.

Anna Sielaff - Tumultuous 2020

College student and student athlete's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Sielaff - Tumultuous 2020

Assistant principal of Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln, IL discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Bernard Sieracki - Obama in Illinois

A lobbyist in the IL Legislature for over forty years

Bernard H Sieracki - General Interest -Statecraft

A lobbyist in the IL Legislature for over forty years and author of "A Just Cause," on the impeachment of Gov. Blagojevich

Gary Sigler - Vietnam War

RF-4 Pilot & navigator who spent six years in the Hanoi Hilton as a POW

John Silva - Civics Education

Senior Director of Education and Training for the News Literacy Project

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon - School District Reorganization

Lt. Governor Simon's work with the Classroom First Commission.

Dick Simpson - Civics Education

Scholar on Illinois government and politics discusses civics education.

Jeanne Sims - Rochester

A life as a teacher , singer and one dedicated to Christian service

Elijah Singley - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Retired librarian, directly involved in Civil Rights demonstrations

Betty Sirles - Modern Era

Walking tour of peach packing at the Rendleman Orchards.

Wayne D. Sirles - Modern Era

Walking tour of peach packing at the Rendleman Orchards.

Spalding (Lanny) Slevin - IHSA

Legendary radio sports reporter discusses his 43 year career.

Lee Slider - Historians Speak

Cultural interpreter for the Macon County Conservation Dist..

Emmett Slingsby - Alternatives in Education

State Board of Education Deputy Director discusses recognition for non-public schools.

Nelvin Sloman - Modern Era

Life-long farmer shares memories of farming in the late 1930s and 1940s

Lynne Slouber - Girls Basketball

Former girl’s head basketball coach at Hinsdale South High School in Illinois.

Angela Smith - Public School Funding

West Aurora assistant superintendent discusses funding challenges and successes.

Chris Smith - War On Terror

Army National Guard officer's work with Iraqi police in Baghdad in 2006

Dr. J. W. Smith - IHSA

Successful football coach and former Chicago Public Schools Director of Sports Administration.

Ed Smith - Vietnam War

Army Infantryman in Korean and Vietnam Wars

Ed Smith - Korean War

Army Infantryman in Korean and Vietnam Wars

Fred Smith - Family Memories

Touring the nation's Presidential Libraries & Museums.

Hal Smith - Looking for Lincoln

Executive Director for Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area from 2008 thru 2010.

Hal Smith - General Interest -Statecraft

Aide to Senator Charles Percy shares his memories of Percy and Darin LaHood

Jim Smith - World War II

B-17 Bomber Pilot in WWII

Joseph Smith - World War II

Truck driver for the U.S. Marine Corps on Okinawa

Kay Smith - IHPA legacy

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Coordinator

Kay Smith - Looking for Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area’s comprehensive management plan.

Morrie Smith - Vietnam War

Wore a POW bracelet for Captain John Borling during Vietnam War

Ronald C Smith - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Delegate to the 1970 IL Constitutional Convention discusses the Pension Clause

Sheila Smith - Civics Education

Career educator's use of Our American Voice and Citizen U in civics education

William Smith - Korean War

Army mortar crewman during the Korean War, and a Prisoner of War for most of the war

William and Charlotte Smith - Korean War

Bill and Charlotte discuss the life and coping process of an ex-POW

Kelsey Snyder - War On Terror

Service in Basra, Iraq with a Reserve MP unit from 2009 to 2010

Dr. Christine Sobek - Community College Project

Educator and administrator at two Illinois community colleges.

Winton Solberg - World War II

Infantry Lieutenant in Europe in the last year of WW II

Bob Sondgeroth - School District Reorganization

Regional Superintendent of ROE District # 47 discusses that district's consolidation.

Aubrey Southall - Civics Education

Aurora University professor discusses social studies education.

Gustav Speder - Immigrant Stories

West German immigrant discusses life in post-war Germany.

Vincent Speranza - World War II

WW II paratrooper with the 101st Airborne at Bastogne

Michael Spikes - Civics Education

Former broadcaster discusses news literacy in civics education.

Robert Spitze - World War II

U.S. Naval officer on board an LST in the Pacific

Bill Spriggs - Vietnam War

Infantryman with Company C of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Division

Kelly Ann Sproul - World War II

Known as the Sweetheart of the British Forces due to her portrayal as a 1940s version singer and dancer entertaining World War II veterans

Dr. Jason Stacey - Civics Education

Social Studes education for teacher candidates at SIU-E

James Staff - School District Reorganization

A career educator from rural Illinois discusses school reorganization issues.

John Staff - Tumultuous 2020

Owner of Staff Carpet discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on his business

Francie Staggs - Family Memories

A life of family and volunteering

Francie Staggs - IHPA legacy

Volunteering at the ALPLM

Jan Staggs - Cold War Era

Personnel specialist stationed in Okinawa during Vietnam War

John Standard - People of Faith

Senior pastor at the Springfield Bible Church discusses his ministry

Edward Stapleton - World War II

WW II Infantry in 36th Infantry Division in Italy and beyond

Allen Stare - Baseball

Umpire for the Springfield Long Nine, a vintage base ball team.

Robin Steans - Public School Funding

Former executive director of Advance Illinois discusses school funding.

Bradley 'Brad' Stearns - IHSA

IHSA sports official for football and baseball shares his memories.

Harold Steele - Modern Era

Discussion's of farming and past as former CEO of the Farm Credit Administration.

Harold Steele - World War II

WW II & Agriculture in Illinois Infantry Platoon Leader in Europe with 89th Division

Margery Steele - World War II

OSS Cryptographer in Egypt and Greece during WW II

Neil Steinberg - Civics Education

Chicago Sun-Times columnist discusses civics training on media literacy

Stacey Steiner - Civics Education

Civics teacher at Carlinville Illinois High School.

Corena Steinmeyer - Alternatives in Education

Director of Special Education for the Lee County Special Education Association.

Jerry Stermer - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Governor Quinn's first Chief of Staff and then Budget Director

Adlai III Stevenson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Former U.S. Senator ran twice for governor against Jim Thompson, in 1982 and 1986

Stacy Stewart - Alternatives in Education

Stacy Stewart, the principal at Belmont-Craigin which uses the personalized learning model.

Nancy Stiff - Girls Basketball

Former girl’s head basketball coach from Arcola High School in Arcola, Illinois.

Jackie Stites - Family Memories

Volunteer at the Elijah Iles House, Governor's Executive Mansion, and the ALPLM

Fred Stockmeier - World War II

WW II & Korean War Veteran Army infantryman & POW during WWII

Fred Stockmeier - Korean War

Korean and WW War II Veteran Personnel NCO in Korea, 1950-1951

Jim Stone - Korean War

Army infantryman with 24th Division in Korea

Owen Streeper - World War II

Army Air Corps ball turret gunner in the European Theater

Joan Streit - Girls Basketball

Former girls' basketball coach at Joliet West High School in Illinois.

Ray Stroh - Pension Crisis in Illinois

A career personnel manager discusses his thirty-five years with IL state government

Raymond Stroh - People of Faith

Charter member of Atonement Lutheran Church discusses the church's history.

Sue Strong - Girls Basketball

The girl’s basketball coach at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois.

Sherry Struck - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Personal Assistant to Governor Jim Edgar

Dr. Bonnie Styles - Illinois State Museum

Director of Illinois State Museum discusses her many years at the ISM.

Cavan Sullivan - Modern Era

From cows and crops to wildlife farming and products.

Kathleen Sullivan - Immigrant Stories

Growing up in the island nation of Trinidad in the Caribbean

Kathleen Sullivan - ERA Fight in Illinois

A leader in the Stop ERA movement in Illinois from 1972-1982

Dr. Lori Sundberg - Community College Project

Carl Sandburg College history and its relationship with Galesburg, IL.

Tony Sunderman - Governor Jim Edgar Project

A lawyer and lifelong friend of Governor Jim Edgar

Earl Swanson - World War II

U.S. Army artillery and infantry officer stationed in the Philippines

Leland Sweatman - Modern Era

A retired farmer's reflections on his life on the farm.

Geneva Sweet - Modern Era

A farm wife recounts the many changes she experienced on the farm.

Paul Sweet - Cold War Era

Navy veteran on active duty from 1966-69 in the Atlantic on a submarine tender

Merlin Taber - World War II

Conscientious Objector in World War II

Sandra Taenzer - Educational Reform Act 1985

Discussion of early childhood programs in Illinois following 1985 Educational Reform Act.

David Taft - Rochester

Life-long farmer and resident of Rochester reflects on his life.

Donald Taft - Rochester

Member of Taft family of Rochester, and successful restaurateur



Social Links