Ellwood House Museum to host Black Oral History event


DeKalb County History Center

As part of it’s ongoing adult lecture series, the Elwood House Museum will be hosting the Black Oral History Project in collaboration with NIU Department of History, Center for Black Studies and the University Libraries, and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Elwood House Museum in DeKalb. (Photo courtesy of the DeKalb County History Center)

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

DeKALB – The Ellwood House Museum Visitor’s Center, located at 420 Linden Place, DeKalb, will host November’s Brown Bag/Local Lore program on Nov. 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. This program is free of charge and is open to the public. 

The DeKalb County History Center is in partnership with the Northern Illinois University African American Oral History Project in hosting this hour-long event, which will show twenty-three oral history interviews with African American members of the university community and African American residents of DeKalb.

During the presentation, NIU associate professor Dr. Stanley Arnold and Drew VandeCreek will discuss the project and some of the stories contained in the interviews. The interviews will be presented in a video or audio format and will be uploaded into the Northern Illinois University Digital Library after the event. 

The NIU Department of History, the NIU Center for Black Studies and the University Libraries are in partnership to make this program possible.

The program is sponsored in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. 

Registration for the event is highly encouraged by the DeKalb County History Center. Those who wish to attend can register for either virtual or in-person attendance. For more information, visit DeKalb County History Center or email [email protected].