David Anderson and Steffens Leinwohl

David Anderson (72) and Stef Leinwohl (73) discuss going to design school at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Andy Allison from the old days

Andy and Sharon talked about what it was like growing up in Chicago in the 30/40/50s.

Gloria Hurtado talks to her dad Agles about his life growing up

In this interview that was done on November 27, 2017 in Cicero, Illinois, Gloria Hurtado (17) interviews her dad Agles Hurtado (39) about his family and how he has evolved as a person both in Mexico and America. Mr.Hurtado talks...

From the mountains to the city

In this interview, conducted in November 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, Athena Johnson (16) interviews her grandma Barbra Johnson (71) about her childhood in the country and her adult life in the city. Mrs.Johnson shares stories about her Christian faith. She...

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...

Jonas Friddle & Anna Jacobson

A conversation between friends, longtime musical collaborators, and fellow Old Town School teachers Jonas Friddle and Anna Jacobson. Jonas is a singer, songwriter and old-time banjo player whose songs have received The John Lennon Songwriting Award, First Place in the...

A Greeks View of America

For my project I decided to interview my Grandma. We talked about being and immigrant in the US and the adversities that come with it. Then talked about some hobbies and previous jobs. She then spoke about how living in...

Carin Mayo and Tosca Hieftje

One Small Step conversation partners Tosca Hieftje (65) and Carin Mayo (52) discuss womanhood, pets and finding what diversity means.

Betty Nudelman

Betty Nudelman speaks with documentarian Mareva Lindo about her memories of the Old Town School community in its early years, when it was housed within the Immigrant State Bank Building at 333 W North Ave--in the Old Town neighborhood from...

Mike Dunbar & Mark Dvorak

In 1978 Mark Dvorak took a guitar class with Mike Dunbar at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Today, Mike is a bandleader and multi-instrumentalist living in Nashville, Tenn., and Mark has just celebrated 30 years teaching at the...

Biggest Wedding Ever!

In this interview, conducted in November 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, Holly Graham (17) interviews her mother Stephanie Graham (52) about her childhood years through her college years. Mrs. Graham talks a lot about her husband, their wedding and their honeymoon....

Alex White & Jimmy Tomasello

A conversation between Alex White & Jimmy Tomasello. This conversation was recorded at the school on July 25th, 2017. Go to to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.

Carlos Cornier

In this conversation between Old Town School Latin percussion instructor Carlos Cornier and his coworker Mareva Lindo, Carlos talks about the musical origins that shaped his interest in percussion and Latin music; getting into and out of Scientology to ultimately...


Maddie Zwick talks about her life.

Interview #1 Growing up in Chicago

Talked with Maureen Muckian about growing up in Chicago, Christmas holiday and childhood memories.

Living History Project

Katherine Noone Interviewing her 75 year old grandmother, Dolores Mirabelli