"The Voices of Hillsboro" is a pilot podcast program designed to capture the history of the Hillsboro area and surrounding townships or villages. The podcast features long-time residents or those who grew up in the area. Topics may include the history of agriculture, culture, economic development, education, major events, politics, or World War II, The Korean War or Vietnam and how they affected the local area at the time.


Director Kolb got the idea for the program from NPR's  "All Things Considered", which she enjoyed listening to when working as a conservation assistant repairing books for the University of Illinois. This program is being dedicated to Director Kolb's grandmother, Louise Singler, who shared personal histories with her as she was growing up.

"Farming in the 50's and the Vietnam Draft" by Bob Mullins*

*Please note that due to the location where this was recorded that there is quite a bit of background noise that could not be prevented.

You should still be able to hear Mr. Mullins fairly clearly.


"Lincoln's Visit to Hillsboro" by Pat Brink

  (The Early Settlers of Hillsboro Part II)

"The Early Settlers of Hillsboro Part I" by Pat Brink





Bliss, Dorothy. Hillsboro, A History: The Montgomery County News, 1989. Print.

Tillson, Christiana. A Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois: Unigraphic Inc., 1974. Print. 

For more information, you can check out these titles at the Hillsboro Public Library.

Early Settlers of the Hillsboro Area (FiPat Brink and Shelley Kolb
00:00 / 24:13
Lincoln's Visit to Hillsboro (EarlyPat Brink and Shelley Kolb
00:00 / 14:12
Farming in the 50's and the Vietnam DraftBob Mullins and Shelley Kolb
00:00 / 26:24

"Voices of Hillsboro" Tune-Ins

© Last Updated August 21, 2020  by Director Shelley Kolb.