Great River Road, 2016

Madison County Oral Histories (60 total)

These oral history interviews were conducted by interviewers associated with Madison Historical and touch on various topics in Madison County history. These topics vary by interviewee.

  • Collection: Madison County Oral Histories
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Jeffrey Halcom Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, Jeffrey Halcom describes growing up and attending Edwardsville Schools. He details his family's farm work and his later career with Granite City Steel. He discusses the various technological changes in farming and the steel industry. He also talks about the Bethalto Homecoming celebrations. July 11, 2017 October 9, 2017
John Elliff Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, John Elliff describes living in Glen Carbon and his role in helping to plan the surrounding housing developments. He speaks to the rivalries between Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, as well as the various festivals in Glen Carbon. July 13, 2017 October 9, 2017
Mike Picchioldi Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, Mike Picchioldi describes his experiences as a firefighter in Maryville and Edwardsville. He highlights his involvement with the Maryville historical society and his role in helping to preserve its history. He highlights the histories of Chinatown, the Donk Brothers Mine, the Homecoming Parade, as well as his grandparents mercantile business. July 10, 2017 October 9, 2017
Bob Daiber Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, Bob Daiber describes his experience as a teacher and the transition to becoming the Superintendent of Schools in Madison County. He also discusses the evolving technology in education settings and growing up in Marine, as well as his run for governor of Illinois in the 2018 election. July 11, 2017 September 26, 2017
Bob Gibson Oral History Interview An oral history interview with Robert "Bob" Gibson, an expert on mine subsidence. Gibson describes his career with the Illinois and federal governments working on abandoned mine lands projects. He also describes several notable cases of mine subsidence from old coal mines in Madison County. March 11, 2017 June 14, 2017
Edward Hall Oral History Interview In this oral history interview, Ed Hall describes his career as a butcher and former manager / owner at Edwardsville Quality Meats. He speaks to the changes of downtown Edwardsville, the butcher shop, and the 2017 shift in ownership of Quality Meats. April 19, 2017 May 3, 2017
Paul Brazier Oral History Interview In this oral history, Paul Brazier describes bicycling and bike culture in Madison County from the late-1970s to the mid-1990s. Brazier discusses recreational, BMX, mountain bike, and road cycling, as well as cycling before the Madison County trail system. February 8, 2017 March 17, 2017
Kathy Piercy Oral History Interview In this interview, Kathy Piercy discusses her work with the Curtain's Up Theater Company, a community theater company in Madison County. She also discusses her job doing corporate productions for an accounting firm. October 8, 2016 March 10, 2017
Lisa Peck Oral History Interview In this interview, Lisa Peck discusses working for both the Madison County government and the Highland government as a community planner. She discusses various changes to Highland in recent years. October 30, 2016 March 10, 2017
Derek Mathis Oral History Interview In this interview, Derek Mathis describes his youth in Venice, Illinois, including his experiences with racism in the era of desegregation. He also discusses changes to Venice and the town of Madison in his adulthood. October 26, 2016 March 10, 2017