The 1960’s

I spoke with a very close family friend (a grandfather to me) about his experience in the 60’s. We spoke of Kennedy, the National Guard, Vietnam War, Segregation, and more.

Grandmother tells grandchild about her life

Grandmother Loretta Fitch, along with her daughter Coleen tells granddaughter Olivia Fitch about her life as a child growing up with neither parent. She also tells Olivia about her experience as a mother and how much her children meant to...

Ancestor Interveiw Pat Ritchie

2nd generation Irish-American woman interviewed by her grandson

Charlotte Bader

A conversation with Charlotte Bader. This conversation was recorded at the school on July 25th, 2017. Go to www.oldtownschool.org/StoryCorps to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.

Joe Filisko & Harlan Terson

A conversation between Joe Filisko, blues harmonica player and teacher, and Harlan Terson, touring and teaching bass player. Harlan remarks on his luck to experience the zenith of the blues era and working with several Chicago Blues Legends. Joe remembers...

Peggy Lipschutz & Peggy Browning

A conversation between Peggy Lipschutz and Peggy Browning. This conversation was recorded at the school on October 14th, 2017. Go to www.oldtownschool.org/StoryCorps to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.

Heidi Onion for Stonewall OutLoud, Part 1

Heidi talks about growing up, feeling like she always had a “boy’s brain,” her first love, coming out in her 20s, and becoming a police officer and self defense instructor.

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....

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...

Ella Jenkins

Born in St. Louis on August 6th, 1924, and raised on Chicago's South side, Ella Jenkins was the first person in line on the opening night of the Old Town School of Folk Music, December 1st, 1957. At the time,...

Is there more? – Ariel Gonzalez

Ariel Gonzalez (18) interviews Carlos Diazdeleon (18) about his life endeavors and what life has taught him thus far.

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...

Our conversation

Using the One Small Step Prompt and using our own questions

Daughter’s Mother

My mom talking about her life story.

Understanding the life Joshua’s mom

It's about Joshua Garcia interviewing his Lilliana Valdez. He interviews her about her decisions in her past that ended her up in position she is now.

Father Jim McEnery Tells His Life Story w/ Maureen McGavock Sterk

Maureen interviews Fr. Jim in Orlando during Sheila’s 70th birthday celebration weekend. Lots of GREAT stories from Fr. Jim!!!

Audie Lucius interviews his grandmother about her life in Chicago, Illinois.

The interviewee is my grandmother Pamela Walker. Fifty three years old. I am the interviewer eighteen years old. The interview took place on Sunday November 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. In the interview my grandmother talks about what school was...

Linus Mavers interviews his mother Elizabeth Caldwell about growing up

In this interview, recorded on November 25th, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, Linus Mavers (18) interviews his mother Elizabeth Caldwell (57) about her life and childhood. Elizabeth talks about growing up in different cities and moving around as the daughter of...

Hanna Lopez and her grandmother Yvonne Gonzales- Director talking about her life and relationships

In Chicago Illinois on November 22, 2018 I, Hanna Lopez (16) interviewed my grandmother Yvonne Gonzales-Director (63). My grandmother is the third child out of a family of five, her two older sister, and her younger sister and brother. My...

Thanksgiving listen

In this interview, conducted in November 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, Andrew Romanelli (17) interviews Stephanie Romanelli (51) about her childhood and through school age years. Stephanie shares stories about bullying in junior high. She also shares about her summer life,...