Community Stories

The Community Stories project seeks to offer a glimpse into the unique history of individuals, organizations, businesses and local government that together make up the fabric of communities across Illinois.  This project aims to preserve a community’s way of life during various eras, while also documenting the individuals, circumstances, and resources that so greatly contribute to the essence of a community. What makes some communities thrive while others shrink? How are some able to adapt while others remain unchanged?  What were the challenges and obstacles and how were they overcome? 
We urge local historians to partner with the ALPL Oral History program in collecting your own community history.  Join us in preserving your community’s stories, tales of an era and a bygone way of life before these memories are lost forever.