Judge David Bone discusses his time as a high school and college basketball star, and how that transitioned to the challenges of serving in Vietnam. Program note: The basketball section of the podcast runs from 0:00 - 24:00 minutes, and the stories of Vietnam start at 24:00.
Helen Baldwin has been a fixture in the Jacksonville community for nearly her entire life. She discusses her history in education, starting as a Jacksonville grade school student during WW II, up to her career as a principal in the same local school system. After her retirement, she became a huge force in city politics, organizations and boards that helped shaped our community for decades.
Dan Kindred is a staple in Jacksonville, owning and operating the popular 'Don's Place' tavern in Jacksonville for 40 years; 1982-2022. In this podcast, Dan discusses how he originally purchased Don's Place, the challenges and opportunities of running the tavern, and the popular promotions, including the well-known Crab Races.
Illinois Stories was the premier program about the people and places of Central Illinois. The host, Mark McDonald, created 1200+ episodes for the central Illinois PBS stations (WSEC, WMEC, WQEC). These programs are sure to become a time capsule of this era to future historians. Mr McDonald talked with the Jacksonville Area Museum about his early career, the process for creating Illinois Stories, and the abrupt end to his beloved PBS program.
A second installment of stories from those who worked at J Capps and Sons, Ltd in Jacksonville, Illinois. Interviews include Terry Maggart, Peggy Clemens, Judy Cannon, Tom Holmes, Mildred Holmes, and George Murphy.
George Murphy describes his experience working at J Capps and Sons clothing factory in Jacksonville, Illinois in the 1950s. He also talks of his participation in a worker's strike at the factory. This episode was recorded in spring 2022.
Tom Schierl discusses the fascinating history and operations of one of Jacksonville's ongoing industries - the Carnation/Nestle coffee creamer plant. Tom was part of the team that helped build the plant, and became part of the ongoing operations team until his retirement.
African American historian Ruth Linear discusses growing up in the 1940s & 50s in Jacksonville. We hear her experiences and opinions on what is was like during that time period, and her experience as a historical interpreter.
This episode interviews Russell Scofield, Jacksonville Postmaster from 1974-1995. Mr Scofield was the last postmaster of the building of the current Jacksonville Area Museum at 301 East State in Jacksonville before it moved to it's current location on the Jacksonville square.