Every institution has a history, stories about its creation, and tales of its ebbs and flows over time. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), charged with preserving the history of a rich and diverse state, is no exception. Much of that story is preserved here in a series of interviews with former employees and supporters of the agency. The project illustrates the value of oral history, for these are the kinds of stories you won’t find in regular correspondence, memoranda, or letters. Oral History volunteers Newlyn Hosea and Julie Dirksen have skillfully conducted these interviews with many of those present at the creation of IHPA and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Without such interviews, much of this history would otherwise be lost.