Videos

Macomb's Historic Places with Dr. John Hallwas

3-Part series

"Macomb's Historic Places" features the rich heritage of an Illinois community that has many reminders of people, activities, and commitments from its long past, which stretches back to the early 1830's.  Along with visits to notable historic places like the McDonough County Courthouse and Western Illinois University's Sherman Hall, this three-part series also explores seldom seen locations, such as the legendary 'Lincoln Room' in the old Randolph House Hotel, the forgotten Ravine Theater on Western's campus, and the century-old mausoleum at Oakwood Cemetery."

 

Part 1:  Macomb's Historic Downtown

Part 2: Western's Historic Campus

Part 3: Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Two copies available at the Western Illinois University Libraries

Archives - 6th Floor [non-circulating]  ARCHIVES. F549.M3 M39 2009

Media Collection - 3rd Floor [available for checkout] MEDIA.F549.M3 M39 2009 

 

Excerpt from "Macomb's Historic Places"

Macomb’s Historic Homes is an innovative, five-part series that features lovely historic homes from several eras in the town’s past, and in the process, it deals with notable local people, neighborhood development, important architectural styles, and some remarkable renovation and restoration efforts. Anyone with an interest in Macomb, small-town America, home styles and decorating, or residential life over the generations will find this a fascinating video series.

            John Hallwas is the most widely published professor in the history of Western Illinois University. The author or editor of more than twenty books, most of them focused on the history and literature of Illinois, he has also written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and lectured in well over 100 Midwestern communities. In 2009 Hallwas was the writer and host for Macomb’s Historic Places, a three-part series also produced by University Television at WIU.

                    Copies of the DVD are available for sale through University Television (ph. 309-298-1880). Also, the DVD can be viewed at Archives and Special Collections, Malpass Library, Western Illinois University (ph. 309-298-2717) and can be checked out as well from the library’s media section. The library call number for that video is F 549.M3 M385 2012.

            Major funding for this program was provided by the McDonough County Historical Society and MidAmerica National Bank.

 

Title: A History of Western Illinois University [videorecording] / with University Historian: John Hallwas ; produced by University Television, a broadcast service of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University. 

Published: [Macomb, Ill.] : Western Illinois University, c2008. 
Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (464 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in. 
DVD. 
  
Summary: Chronicles the accomplishments and developments from the decision to locate a normal school in Macomb through the following century that makes up the Western Illinois University story. Eight part series portrays a host of memorable figures and notable developments in the story of high educational ideals and institutional transformation in response to social change. 
Contents: Episodes: One: The early years -- Two: The World War I era & the Twenties -- Three: The Depression years -- Four: Western in the Forties -- Five: Western in the Fifties -- Six: The Knoblauch Years -- Seven: The Bernhard & Malpass Era -- Eight: Recent years. 
Western Illinois University. University Television. 
Performer: Interviewer: Gordon A. Taylor. 
Production Credits: Producer/director, Roger Kent. 
Notes: Photographic materials provided by the Archives and Special Collections Unit of Malpass Library at Western Illinois University. Additional photographs were provided by Visual Production Center at Western Illinois University.

Institution: WIU Libraries
Location: Archives - 6th Floor, Malpass Library [non-circulating]
Call Number:  ARCHIVES. LD5941.W45 H53 2008 

      Books and Reading: An Historical Overview. 

      The program, created for an adult-education class, briefly covers the development of books and reading over many centuries, and reflects as well the coming of libraries. The DVD is one hour and 38 minutes long, and includes visuals. 

      The DVD is available for viewing at Archives and Special Collections, Malpass Library, Western Illinois University (ph. 309-298-2717) and can checked out as well from the library’s media section. The library call number for that video is LD5941.W45H33 2013.

 

Looking into Other Lives: Local History and Meaningful Community.

     This is a talk created for the McDonough County Historical Society, on November 9, 2015, and which was prompted by the appearance of a Hallwas book titled On Community: A Crucial Issue, a Small Town, and a Writer’s Experience. The video also includes footage of Hallwas receiving Macomb’s first “Cultural Achievement Award, “In honor of decades of inspirational work as a writer, speaker, and cultural leader.” As the award mentions, “John Hallwas has been a proponent of community and social commitment with an impact on our region. He has broadened our local understanding and fostered awareness of the meaning of the Macomb experience.”

     The DVD is available for viewing at Archives and Special Collections, Malpass Library, Western Illinois University (p. 309-298-2717) and can be checked out as well from the library’s media center. The library call number for that video is F 549.M3H347 2015.

 

      Other videos that record talks and interviews by John Hallwas are also available at Archives and Special Collections, Malpass Library, Western Illinois University. Call 309-298-2717 for more information.