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Jennie Battles - Architectural Gems

Tour of the Vachel Lindsay home given by the site manager

Susan Haake - Architectural Gems

Video tour of the Abraham & Mary Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois

August Wisnosky - Architectural Gems

Field architect for Old State Capitol reconstruction in late 1960s

Marcia Young - Architectural Gems

Site Manager Marcia Young gives a tour of Bloomington's David Davis mansion

Ray Ackerman - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former legislative chair for the Retired State Employees Association

Claire Edgecomb, Ron Krause, and J. Michael Barker - People of Faith

Three Blending Committee members discuss the process of combining three churches into one.

William 'Bill' Barnhart - Governor Dan Walker Project

Journalist for the Suburban Tribune during the Walker administration

Ellyn Bartges - Family Memories

Early days of Girls' & Women's Basketball

Peter Beckwith - Cold War Era

In 1995, Peter was selected for flag rank, a title which he held until his retirement from the Navy in 1999.

David Blanchette - General Interest

Assistant Press Secretary for Gov. Pat Quinn from 2013-2014

David Blanchette - Obama in Illinois

ALPLM Communications Manager

Larry Bomke - Legislators Project

Illinois politicians career on Sangamon County Board and IL Senate

Jim Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Former Illinois Governor (1991-1999)

Julie Cellini, Bob Coomer, and Susan Mogerman - IHPA legacy

A talk with three of the prime movers behind the creation of the Presidential Library and Museum

James Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

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

Jean Pierre Aubry - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Associate Dir. of State and Local Research at Boston College's Center for Retirement Research

Jon and Jeanne Berg - People of Faith

Jon and Jeanne Berg served as missionaries in west Africa during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Gene Blade - Cold War Era

Cold War era artilleryman who finished career as USP&FO in IL National Guard

Larry Bomke - Obama in Illinois

Illinois State Senator and colleague of Obama

Mary Bremer - Family Memories

Mary (Cagle) Horman Bremer shares her family's history through the depression, WW II and the good times.

Edward M Burke - General Interest

A policeman's perspective of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago

Barbara Flynn Currie - Legislators Project

Majority Leader Currie discusses her long career in the IL Legislature

Nancy deGrazia - Governor Dan Walker Project

Assistant to Governor Dan Walker from 1973 to 1977

Travis Gillum and Lara McGlaughlin - IHPA legacy

Creators of Presidential Museum's historical figures discuss their art

Jim Banovetz - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Expert on local government and staffer at IL ConCOn discusses pension issues

John Borling - Obama in Illinois

Career Air Force Officer, Vietnam War era POW, and 2004 Senate Candidate

Richard Bowen - Cold War Era

He was sent instead to Kissingen, Germany and assigned to Company E, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division

Terry Brennan - Family Memories

Jazz musician and music teacher.

Gene Callahan - General Interest

Political staffer and advisor to Paul Simon, Alan Dixon and Major League Baseball

Lee Daniels - Legislators Project

Long-serving Republican leader in the IL House of Representatives

Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer - People of Faith

Minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL.

William Goldberg - Governor Dan Walker Project

Governor Dan Walker's Legal Counsel and long-time friend

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

Four key members of the BRC Imagination Arts creative team

Jennie Battles - IHPA legacy

Site Manager for Vachel Lindsay home and IHPA employee from 1986-2014

Matt Bierman - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Director of Budget at WIU and a Macomb School Board member discusses pensions

Barbara Flynn Currie - Obama in Illinois

House Majority Leader and representative from Obama's legislative district

Suzanne Deuchler - Legislators Project

Republican legislator from Kane County, 1981 to 1999

Janis Droegkamp - Family Memories

Peace Corps experiences throughout the world, and a Mother by Choice.

William Feurer - General Interest

Assistant to Governor Otto Kerner from 1963 to 1968

Doris Fischer - People of Faith

History of Faith Lutheran Church of Springfield, Illinois.

Richard Herndon - Cold War Era

Growing up with a fallout shelter in the basement

Mort Kaplan - Governor Dan Walker Project

Close friend and a key public relations advisor during Walker's run for governor

Erin Bishop - IHPA legacy

Former head of Education Services with the IHPA at the Presidential Library and Museum

Senator Daniel Biss - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Illinois State Senator discusses the origins of the state's pension crisis

John F Dunn - Legislators Project

Democratic state legislator representing the Decatur area from 1975 to 1995

Jim Edgar - Obama in Illinois

Former Illinois Governor (1991-1999) and potential opponent in 2004 Senate Race

Paul Findley - General Interest

U.S. Congressman from west central Illinois during 1960s thru 1982

Dr. Matthew Holden - Cold War Era

Life on a depression era Mississippi farm and in the Cold War Army

Ben Kiningham - Governor Dan Walker Project

An IL statehouse reporter for several radio stations from the 1970s thru 2000s

Daniel K Krumrei - People of Faith

A career Christian Church-Disciples of Christ minister and Army National Guard chaplain

Tim Blair - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Executive Director of the State Retirement System of IL talks pensions

David Blanchette - IHPA legacy

From 1989 to 2013, he served as the Public Information Officer for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and later the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Thomas Ewing - Legislators Project

Illinois Republican legislator from 1975-1991 and in U.S. House until 2000

Jim Frazier - Obama in Illinois

Gold Star father and speaker at Obama campaign events in 2008

Burnell Heinecke - Family Memories

Burnell's early life in Freeburg, IL and education.

Beverly Helm-Renfro - General Interest

Daughter of photographer ‘Doc’ Helm, and admin asst to state Senator Barack Obama from 2001 to 2004

Mary Lee Leahy - Governor Dan Walker Project

An attorney's involvement in the Dan Walker administration and in landmark Supreme Court cases

Melvin Lester - Cold War Era

Air Force veteran during Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam

Mary Loken - People of Faith

Long-time member of Luther Memorial Church discusses the congregation's history.

David Blanchette - IHPA legacy

Former Public Information Officer/Communications Manager for the IHPA and ALPLM

Larry Bomke - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former Republican State Senator talks about the pension fights of the 1990s and 2000s

Dennis Hastert - Legislators Project

An Illinois legislator from 1981 through 1986 before heading to the U.S. House

Beverly Helm-Renfro - Obama in Illinois

Administrative assistant to State Senator Barack Obama

Mark Janus - General Interest

Plaintiff in the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case in 2018

Jim Johnson - Family Memories

The General Manager and Superintendant of the Rail Golf Course of Springfield, Illinois.

Rabbi Barry Marks - People of Faith

Rabbi for the Temple Israel in Springfield, IL for 43 years.

Toby McDaniel - Cold War Era

Served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1963, including a tour on the carrier USS Hornet.

Taylor Pensoneau - Governor Dan Walker Project

Journalist and author reporting on the Illinois Political Scene

Robert Butler - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Participant in 1970 IL State Constitutional Convention discusses its impact on pensions

Julie Cellini - IHPA legacy

Appointed to serve as the Chair of IHPA by Governor Jim Thompson from its creation in 1985 until 2012

Denny Jacobs - Obama in Illinois

IL State Senator and friend of Barack Obama

Denny Jacobs - Legislators Project

Democratic mayor of East Moline before becoming an IL State Senator

LuAnn Johnson - Family Memories

Executive Director of Oak Ridge Cemetery -Lincoln's final resting place

Philip S Krone - General Interest

Illinois political consultant from the late 1960s thru the early 2000s

Gary McCants - People of Faith

AME Presiding Elder who ministered to public congregations and within the halls of the IL Legislature

Jan Staggs - Cold War Era

Early life and military experiences in Okinawa in 1967-68

David Vaught - Governor Dan Walker Project

Dave Vaught's work on Dan Walker's 1972 gubernatorial campaign

Robert Coomer - IHPA legacy

Early career and work with IHPA through Directorship of Susan Mogerman

Ted Dabrowski - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Vice President of Illinois Policy Institute explains the origins of Illinois's pension crisis

Emil Jones - Legislators Project

Long-time member of the Illinois Legislature

Fernando Jones - Family Memories

World-class Blues musician, educator, and songwriter

Tom Lamont - Obama in Illinois

Asst. Secretary of the Army during the Barack Obama administration

Louis 'Lou' Lang - General Interest

IL House Democratic leader discusses the Gov. Blagojevich impeachment

Ronald Moorman - People of Faith

Journey from Catholic Priest to Social Work to Lutheran ministry.

Paul Sweet - Cold War Era

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

Dan Walker - Governor Dan Walker Project

Maverick Democrat who served as IL Governor from 1973 to 1977

Cullom Davis - IHPA legacy

Dr. George Cullom Davis began his academic career as an assistant professor of history at Indiana University

Maria Dunstan - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Teacher, principal and union leader from Macomb talks about pensions

Mary Lee Leahy - General Interest

An attorney's involvement in the Dan Walker administration and in landmark Supreme Court cases.

Ann Lousin - Obama in Illinois

Thoughts on Barack Obama

Dave Luechtefeld - Legislators Project

A career teacher and coach becomes successful IL State Senator

Wendell Meeks - Family Memories

Growing up African-American in small town southern Illinois.

Maryam Mostoufi - People of Faith

Prominent leader of Springfield Muslim community talks about her faith journey.

Paul Tarr - Cold War Era

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

Dr. Michael Devine - IHPA legacy

Experiences as Director of IHPA and State historian



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