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4.16 | Oral Histories

Sometimes we learn our family history through the stories we tell. These stories are called oral histories and are a very important and fun way to learn about the past. Make sure your family stories are saved by having younger family members interview older family members. You might be surprised what you learn when you ask a family member to share their memories of growing up, moving, or work!

Studs Terkel interviews an unidentified woman, Chicago, c. 1960. CHM, ICHi-065437; Stephen Deutch, photographer

Important family history is preserved through the stories we tell. Explore your family history and pass your stories from one generation to the next through this easy interview activity. Share your story on social media using the hashtag #CHMatHomeFamilies


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories