Students Document Lockport’s Fairmont History

History Students Document Lockport’s Fairmont Neighborhood History

Published: January 9, 2017.

Lewis University students in Dr. Dennis H. Cremin’s History of Illinois class recorded oral histories with residents of nearby Fairmont neighborhood in Lockport.

During the Fall 2016 semester, the history students created a set of questions to ask residents of the racially diverse community. They interviewed the residents to document oral history of the area. Next, the students then processed the collection by creating a listening log, gathering all of the donation documents, and depositing them in the Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University.

Students included: Brandon Ceplecha, Troy Costabile, Brody Fay, Rafael Marzo, Richard Maska, Raymond McGlynn, Katie Rogala, and Charlie Wright.

If interested in hearing these oral histories or accessing other archival information, please contact Dennis Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, at These interviews are held in the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection.

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