The oral histories that form part of this project were conducted by the following students during the 2017 fall term:

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Laura Claydon is a senior at Drake University studying sociology and psychology with a concentration in behavioral analysis of developmental disabilities. Laura is from Eagle, Colorado, a small town in the Vail Valley. Fun fact, Laura’s a triplet and her sisters go to school in Florida and New York, while she somehow ended up in Iowa. Laura had never completed an oral history project before this class but really enjoyed the process and getting to know Ann.

Caroline Hempleman is originally from Mount Prospect, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She is a junior at Drake, and in true Drake fashion, is studying Anthropology/Sociology, Religion, and French. She spent the first half of the year studying in France, and the second half back in Des Moines working on this oral history project. This has been a fun project for her, as she has always enjoyed hearing stories of how individuals contribute to their community.

Ang Jacksack is from Green Oaks a d is a junior at Drake University. They are studying Anthropology and Sociology & Music Theory with an emphasis on female composers. Their own queer identity led them to an interest in the experiences of older LGBTQ individuals. They hope that their project can accurately reflect some of those experiences.

Matt McManus is a Drake University senior studying sociology and psychology. Matt is from Barrington, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. He has a younger twenty-one year old brother, Jake, who at age four was diagnosed with highly functioning Autism with Matt himself being diagnosed with ADHD. With disability being such a big part in Matt’s life, he wanted to tell a story about someone who has a disability on paper, but does not see themselves as disabled.

Detae McMurray is a senior at Drake University majoring in sociology and also plays basketball at Drake University on a full scholarship.  He was raised in Alton, Illinois but was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He had never conducted an oral history before this course but it was a very interesting experience for me and allowed him to meet a very civil gentleman.

Lucas Petrakis is a senior at Drake majoring in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies. He was born and raised on the North side of Chicago, in the Rogers Park neighborhood, and is fairly certain that his interests in people and cultures came from growing up in such a diverse area. Lucas’ project did not go exactly where he thought it would, but he is very happy the journey took him where it did.