Oral history is the systematic collection of living people’s testimony about their own experiences. These everyday memories of ordinary citizens help shed light on an earlier time and provide valuable information about our community’s past.
Starting in 2009, the WSHS Oral History Project was created to capture the village’s history through the voices of it’s residents. The project is on-going and so far volunteers have recorded over 40 interviews with individuals who have lived and/or worked in Western Springs. You can see a complete list of the available recordings by clicking here.
At this juncture, interviews are available on CD which may be listened to at the WSHS Archives. At some point in the future clips from the interviews will also be available on our website. Please note that we do not loan recordings and you will need a set of head phones in order to listen to interviews at the Archives.
We are always looking for new subjects to interview and we welcome recommendations for interested members of the public. If you know of someone you think the Historical Society should interview, you can contact us at 708-246-9230 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your contact information, the name and contact information of the person you are recommending and why you think this person would be a good candidate. All subjects interviewed by the WSHS will be asked to sign a release prior to the interview.