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Dr. Bonnie Styles - Illinois State Museum

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

Cavan Sullivan - Modern Era

Used his knowledge from FFA and 4-H to raise pheasants

Kathleen Sullivan - Immigrant Stories

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

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

Returned to grain farming after the WWII

Geneva Sweet - Modern Era

Spent her life on the farm, and saw many changes, including electrification

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.

Joan Talley - Korean War

The Korean War and its effect on family members.

Paul Tarr - Cold War Era

Service in the Cold War Army in Germany from 1954-1956

James C. Taylor - IHSA

A radio sports announcer gives insights into his sports recording career.

Neil Taylor - War On Terror

A Tactical Air Controller who served in Afghanistan in 2010

Ed Teefey - Modern Era

From Mt. Sterling, Illinois describes passion for standard bred horses and harness racing

Ed Teefey - General Interest

Mt. Sterling banker talks farm loans and harness racing.

Dr. Wayne Temple - Historians Speak

Distinguished Lincoln scholar discusses a lifetime of Lincoln research.

Bruce Thiemann - Vietnam War

Sent to Vietnam and assigned to B Troop, 7th Squadron of the 1st Air Cavalry Regiment, based at Vĩnh Long, South Vietnam

Evelyn Brandt Thomas - Family Memories

Office manager and part owner of Brandt Consolidated talks about the family business.

Peter Thomas - Alternatives in Education

The Lincoln Challenge Academy.

Randal E. Thomas - Vietnam War

Special Forces lieutenant who served in Vietnam in 1968-69

James Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991

Jim Thompson - Obama in Illinois

Thoughts on 2008 Presidential Election

Samantha Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Life as the First Daughter of Illinois

Steven Thompson - Community College Project

Archivist at Rock Valley College reviews the college.

Ernest Thorp - World War II

An Illinois native with two passions - farming and flying

Vice Admiral Ron Thunman - Cold War Era

A life-long submariner who retired as a Vice Admiral

John Thurman - Modern Era

African-American farmers of a small acreage, using sustainable practices to raise foodstuffs for themselves

Gary Tipsord - Public School Funding

Superintendent of rural school district discusses impact of new Illinois funding model.

Ray Torry - Girls Basketball

Former principal and superintendent of Washington High School in Washington, Illinois.

Tim Townsend - Historians Speak

Lincoln home historians discusses history of the Historic Site.

Mary Truitt - Looking for Lincoln

Member of the Looking for Lincoln steering committee and council member for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Steve Tucker - IHSA

Career Sun-Times sports reporter who covered Illinois high school sports.

Joe Turek - Educational Reform Act 1985

State Board of Education employee discusses the implementation of the Educational Reform Act of 1985.

Dr. David Turner - Educational Reform Act 1985

High School principal and Executive Director of the IL Principals Association.

Dr. David Turner - IHSA

Porta High School Principal IHSA board member discusses sports in Illinois.

Bernard Turnock - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Thompson Administration’s Response to the AIDS Crisis

Carol Tyler - Vietnam War

A wife's perspective on a Marine Corps aviators career

Robert Tyler - Vietnam War

Vietnam War era Marine Corps naval aviator who made a career of the military

Robert Tyler - Gulf War

Vietnam War era Marine Corps naval aviator who made a career of the military

Robert Underbrink - World War II

Tanker who served in Germany at the end of WW II

Dr. James Underwood - Community College Project

Career educator discusses his experiences with Community colleges in three states.

Gary Urwiler - Alternatives in Education

Executive Director of Mooseheart City and School discusses it institution's unique mission.

Ellis Vanderpool - Modern Era

38.7 acre orchard, with peaches, apples and berries for a "Pick Your Own" operation

Edward VanDrunen - Modern Era

Herb, onion and chives farmer

John VanPelt - School District Reorganization

Career educator discusses school reorganization in Iowa & Illinois.

Thomas Varns - World War II

In the 415th Medical Collection Company, which was attached to Patton's 3rd Army. Varns' unit

Virginia Vasen - Community College Project

History of Spoon River College as told by a long-time staff member.

Sandra Vasko - Vietnam War

Vietnam War era wife discusses her husband's PTSD

Janet Vass - School District Reorganization

Reorganization of Illinois West.

Kathleen Villano - Educational Reform Act 1985

Discussion on early childhood education following 1985 Reform Act.

Frederick Visel - Community College Project

History of Carl Sandburg College from 1971 to 2013.

Chris Voelz - Girls Basketball

Member of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Jack Waddle - Civics Education

A high school social studies teacher at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois discusses civics education..

Toni Waggoner - Public School Funding

Illinois public school funding from 1979 to 2010.

Dr. Richard Wagner - Higher Education

Career of long-serving head of IL Board of Higher Education.

Dr. Richard "Dick" Wagner - Community College Project

Former IL Bd of Higher Education Executive Director on state's Community Colleges.

Robert Wahlfeldt - World War II

Engineer who served on the U.S.S. Waldron in the Pacific Theater

William 'Bill' Waldmire - Rochester

Retired state photographer talks about family history, his brother Bob and Route 66

Francis Walle - World War II

Artillery lieutenant who saw action in northern Europe at the end of the war

Genevra Walters - Alternatives in Education

Superintendent of Kankakee School District #111, discusses the implementation of the Competency Based Learning Model.

Joan Walters - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Jim Edgar's Budget Director, and Chief of Staff during his tenure as Secretary of State

Norman Walzer - School District Reorganization

Government affairs scholar discusses the challenges faced by rural school districts.

Bobbie Wanzo - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter and retired administrator for the state of Illinois

Linden 'Lin' Warfel - Community College Project

History at Parkland College from 1991-2013 through the eyes of a trustee.

Ron Warfield - Public School Funding

Main coordinator for the CHIEF proposal discusses education funding.

Holly Warlick - Girls Basketball

Associate women’s head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

Carmelita Hogan Washington - Springfield African-American History Foundation

University human resources professional, sorority volunteer

J.D. Washington - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas at a time when Jim Crow laws were in effect

Frank Watson - Obama in Illinois

Impressions of Barack Obama

Frank Watson - Legislators Project

Illinois Senate Minority Leader (Republican) from 2003-2008

Gary and Mike Watson - Baseball

Twin brothers have divided loyalties - one to the Cubs, the other to the Cardinals.

Robert Watson - Community College Project

College trustee discusses the history of Lewis and Clark Community College.

Scott Watson - School District Reorganization

Superintendent of the Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School.

Harold Weaver - Rochester

World War II Army veteran and retired factory/state employee from Rochester

Dan Webb - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Experiences with Jim Thompson as U.S. Attorney’s office

Joyce Webb - ERA Fight in Illinois

One of founders of Carbondale Women's Center & supporter of ERA Amendment

Linda Weber - World War II

Employee at a drafting department that produced war planes during World War II

Clemmie Webster - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and retired educator from Springfield

Heather Oxley, Tisa Poe, Tom Tait, and Patrick Weeks - IHPA legacy

Four key members of the BRC Imagination Arts creative team

JoAnn Wehrle - Vietnam War

Wife of Roy Wehrle who accompanied him to Laos and Vietnam while he worked for the State Department

Roy Wehrle - Vietnam War

State Department official assigned to Laos and Vietnam from 1959 through 1968

Robert Weichert - IHPA legacy

IHPA Division Manager of Administrative Services

Karl Weingartner - Modern Era

Director of the International Soybean Program

Adela Weinstein - Educational Reform Act 1985

Bilingual education in Illinois since the 1985 Educational Reform Act.

Kaitlin Weitekamp - Modern Era

FFA President proving women "can do" in agriculture

Samuel Weldon - World War II

U.S. Marine who fought at Iwo Jima in the 4th Marine Division

Charlotte West - Girls Basketball

Pioneer for women's sports (AIAW and NCAA) and basketball coach at Southern Illinois U.

Dr. Lyndon Wharton - Educational Reform Act 1985

1985 Educational Reform Act from the perspective of the IL Department of Education.

Sandy Wheeler - General Interest

Child of a U.S. Army soldier during World War II.

Sandy Wheeler - Family Memories

The executive director of the Rail Golf Classic (LPGA) in 1980.

Sandy Wheeler - World War II

Child of a U.S. Army soldier during World War II

Dr. Ben Whisenhunt - Community College Project

History professors discusses the history of the College of DuPage.

Charles Whitaker - Civics Education

of Northwestern U.'s Medill School of Journalism discusses challenges for modern journalists



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