Our Media Library holds a number of interesting digital resources related to the DeKalb community.
Oral Histories of DeKalb Podcast
The Oral Histories of DeKalb podcast series features interviews from DeKalb community residents about their personal stories and their connection to DeKalb and its history. These interviews enrich our understanding of our city and its people. These recordings will prove to be invaluable over time.
Gary Mullis grew up on a farm just outside of DeKalb. Hear him discuss memories of farm life and his favorite country music.
Linda Boardman Kerr’s family tree has deep roots in DeKalb. Listen to her discuss growing up in DeKalb and the memories she has of her family members.
Steve Bigolin is no stranger to DeKalb. Listen to how he ended up in DeKalb and how he became interested in studying history.
Cindy (Hiland) Dockerty and Pat (Hiland) Olson grew up in DeKalb on Leonard Ave. They share memories of growing up in DeKalb and attending the NIU lab school in the 1960’s.
Haish Library Tour
Take a tour of the library from before the renovation!
City of DeKalb 1859 Plat Book
The 1859 plat book is the oldest known map of the City of DeKalb. The original leather-bound, hand drawn survey includes detailed maps of the Kishwaukee River and downtown DeKalb. The plat book was discovered in the library’s storage area in 2004. In addition to this digitized version, a facsimile of the plat book can be viewed in the library’s Local History collection.
(City of DeKalb 1859 Plat Book) https://dkpl.org/plat-book/
Interviews with local World War II veterans