Ron Cohen & Bob Riesman

A conversation between Ron Cohen & Bob Riesman. This conversation was recorded at the school on May 8th, 2017. Go to to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.

Mary Babcock & Lorena Velázquez-Hinojosa

A conversation between Mary Babcock & Lorena Velázquez-Hinojosa. This conversation was recorded at the school on June, 22nd, 2017. Go to to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.

Raudel speaks

My dad is not a very opened person and I decided to choose him because I would like for him to open up me about his life and what it was like for him growing up.

An Interview With My Father

It is Novermber 26, 2018. This interview was conducted in the only quiet place in the house, my bedroom. I, Olivia Jardin, age 17, am the interviewer, and my father, Mark Jardin, age 54, is the interviewee. Some of the...

Eric Zorn & Mary Schmich

Friends and Chicago Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn talk about their memories at the school, from taking lessons to co-founding the long-running holiday showcase and singalong, Songs of Good Cheer. This interview was recorded at the Old Town...

Great Thanksgiving Listen – Justice Moore, Jeffrey Wheat

An interview of one of the grandparents at the San Pasaual Academy in San Pasqual Valley conducted by Justice Moore, a student at San Pasqual Union Elementary and Middle School. The interviewee is Jeffrey Wheat. This interview is conducted unprofessionally...

Don Anderson (my dad!) interviewed by Annie Anderson (me!) on November 30, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Don Anderson discusses his childhood growing up in Chicago, what he is grateful for, and what kind of legacy he will leave to his children and grandchildren.

Interviewing my grandma

Interview about meems responsibilities as a child and during her life

Ancestor Interveiw Pat Ritchie

2nd generation Irish-American woman interviewed by her grandson

Making an Impact

In this interview, conducted on November 26, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Najabelle Oscar (16) interviews her mother, Magalie (47) about her teenage years and making an impact. She shares how she loved school as a teenager and how her life...

People of the Rio Grande Valley Border Towns: Cristina, "We want to create an infrastructure for people to grow into people we want to see.

People of the Rio Grande Valley Border Towns: Cristina Garza, Program Director of the Mission EDC and creator of the Expert In Residence program says part of the Mission CEED co-working space’s mission is “…to create an infrastructure for people...

Julian Ross & Christopher Ross

Julian Ross has taken classes at the Old Town School for over 10 years. In this conversation with his son Christopher, Julian reflects on why this place has remained such a constant in his life, and Christopher shares some of...

Yasmín González

She mostly talked about her dad being a very strong man and taking care of her family. Her and her mom watch movies every New Year on her mother’s birthday. Her mother passed away when she was 15 years old....

Family life interview with Martin Taylor

In this interview I speak with my dad about how growing up in his family changed him as a person as well as the influence brought onto him by his mother and neighbor. We speak of family traditions, origins from...

Alicia Lopez and her aunt Veronica Martinez talk about their family

In this interview, conducted in November 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, Alicia Lopez (16) interviews her aunt Veronica Martinez (50) about their family. Ms. Martinez shares stories about her childhood and what it was like growing up as the oldest of...

The great Thanksgiving: Kyle and Helen Velasco

I sat down with my wonderful mother and had a lighthearted conversation joking and reminiscing with her.

Chicago trip

This interview is about a girl named Alyssa who found her passion by going on a mission trip to Chicago three years ago.

War Can’t Destruct Love

“My childhood was actually great!” In November of 2018, ninth grade student, Olivia Foxman interviewed her grandmother, Shelly Foxman. Olivia learns about Shelly’s admirable  childhood post World War ll. Shelly’s story starts in 1951 in Chicago, but her family’s story originates...

1968 from a Chicagoan’s Perspective

An overview of major events my grandmother remembers while living in Chicago in 1968. She was twenty years old and witnessed many of the terrible and iconic events on the news.

Noreen McDermott is interviewed by Elizabeth Carroll about important moments in her life and family

Interview in Chicago Illinois, November 24,2017. Interviewee: Noreen McDermott, lived in Chicago her whole life, 79 years old, interviewed by her great-niece, Elizabeth. Points discussed: Nor’s family, important points in her life, memories of her childhood

Stephen Wade & Matt Brown

Musician and historian Stephen Wade talks with his friend Matt Brown about Stephen’s musical beginnings, studying banjo with his mentor Fleming Brown in the 1970s, and his reflections on the Old Town School then and now. Since learning to play...

Zayra Marquez Interviews co-worker Wanda

In this Interview, Zayra Marquez interviews her co-worker, Wanda. They both work at Dunkin Donuts. They talk about Wanda’s kids and work.

Jon Langford & Sally Timms

Jon Langford and Sally Timms–of The Mekons and countless other projects–have been part of the Old Town School community in a myriad of ways since the 1990s. Just a few months after Langford was honored as a “Music Legend” by...