Part 1: That’s Who I Am

“She actually made a bassinet out of a drawer for me.” Part 1 of an oral history story from an interview with Mayor Jerome Prince, Gary, Indiana. You can find Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. Transcript for That’s Who I Am My mom was born in 1946. She was actually […]


“Pierogies are the Eastern European version of empanadas, you know?” An oral history story from an interview with Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Multicultural Collections Coordinator, Library and Archives Division, Indiana Historical Society. Transcript for Cross Connect When I was growing up, ethnicity was kind of static. And I didn’t really come to understand what “ethnicity” meant until […]

Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality

“…central obstacles for black Americans seeking to make their way in post-war America.” Historian Heath Carter discusses how post-war policies and practices (including the G.I. Bill, redlining, and restrictive covenants) created a Northern Jim Crow. Transcript for Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality So for people to understand 21st century Gary, I think they really have […]

The Other Side of Life

“Had it not been for this gentleman here, I would have much easier graduated from reform school than high school.” Produced by Rich Elliott with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our […]

Motivating Force

“You can make positives out of situations and we did that as an all-black school in an all-black community.” Transcript for Motivating Force Today, if any student was going to Gary Roosevelt as I remember Gary Roosevelt and others, it would cost a fortune. It would be a prestigious academy that taught excellence in academics […]

Seeing Them Make Those Discoveries

“…because they don’t have access to the language like everybody else does. They don’t get that incidental learning from just overhearing something and pairing that to their experiences.” Produced by Rich Elliott Transcript for Seeing Them Make Those Discoveries I am a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing with the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative. […]

Between Those White Lines

“With athletes, it was just a whole different kind of bonding.” Transcript for Between Those White Lines The interesting thing about sports is this, and a lot of people just don’t get it. Sports for the most part, not absolutely, but for the most part, is how society should be. When athletes get together in […]

Cuba: La Salida (Cuba: It Was Time To Leave)

“Nada más que he extrañado siempre a la familia.” | “The only thing is, I have always missed my family.” Mirtha Cuza | interviewed and produced by Melissa Avila Transcript for Cuba: La Salida | Cuba: It Was Time To Leave I was born in Matanzas [Cuba]. I think it was a pretty place. From […]

Before the Floodgates Opened

“I will call some agents out there and see what’s available, but I want to let you know what times we’re living in.” Transcript for Before the Floodgates Opened Open housing just opened the floodgates and made it possible for anybody and everybody to live in any parts of the city. My father was a […]