Brown Bag / Local Lore: Black Oral History Project – Virtual Attendance

Thursday 3th November

Join us for November’s Brown Bag / Local Lore to explore the Black Oral History Project.


The Northern Illinois University African American Oral History Project in partnership with the DeKalb County History Center collects oral history interviews with African American members of the university community (including alumni and retired faculty and staff) and African American residents of DeKalb County in a video or sound format. To date the project consists of twenty-three interviews. University Libraries faculty and staff members post them, accompanied by transcripts, to a web site integrated into the Northern Illinois University Digital Library ( The project is a result of a partnership between the University Libraries, the NIU Department of History, and the NIU Center for Black Studies.

During the presentation Arnold and VanderCreek will lead the discussion and explore how the project started, some of the stories included in the twenty-three interviews, and the plans for the future.

The Brown Bag/Local Lore program is free and open to the public. These hybrid talks are on the first Thursday of the month and are generously sponsored by Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. The November program will be held at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor’s Center, 420 Linden Place in DeKalb. Registration is encouraged – visit to register for in-person or for on-line access. For more information call 815-895-5762 or email

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