URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana plans to set up a microphone this weekend during Homecoming festivities to record alumni’s campus stories for an oral history project.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the “Voices of Illinois” effort from the University Archives aims to collect stories about campus life from students, faculty and alumni and put them online, making them available to the public and historians. The microphone will be at the Undergraduate Library, where a kickoff event is planned Friday afternoon.

Trained graduate students will record the oral histories in 20-to-30 minute interviews. Several interviews can be done at once. School officials say this is the first general effort to record alumni stories during homecoming. The university previously has recorded stories from specific groups of graduates, such as World War II veterans.

Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.