Welcome to the Abraham Lincoln High School Oral History Project Website.

Beginning in 2010 students at Lincoln have conducted oral history interviews with community members each spring as part of their US History course.  This site serves as documentation of this project and a public archive of the interviews.

On this site you will find videos of the oral history interviews, biographies of the interviewees, summaries of the interviews, links to transcripts, and post interview analysis; created by Lincoln High School students.

All interviews are public and can be accessed freely, but we request that any works used be properly credited.

We are always seeking more community participation in this project, and if you would like to be interviewed, or know of someone that you think has an important story to tell, please contact us to get involved.

Use the navigation links at the top of the page, or click on any of the photos below to see different categories of oral histories that our class has completed:


In spring of 2012 and again in 2013 students in Mr. Sylvester’s American Literature and Mr. Sultan’s US History courses interviewed seven people whose lives had been touched by The Viet Nam War in different ways.  As a part of the project the students, who are part of the AVID program, also read the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. 

Of the fourteen interviewees, four were Vietnamese citizens who lived through the war before immigrating to the US, and ten were US military veterans. Click on the picture or the navigation at the top of the page to see the interviews.



In the spring of 2012 students in Mr. Sultan’s 4th period US History class interviewed a variety of people with the general topic being immigration or internal migration. All of the interviews that they conducted were of relatives, family members, or neighbors. The themes and experiences of the interviewees ranged widely, but the interviews all contained several common themes, mostly around issues of change and continuity.

The interviewees also shared another key aspect in common; overcoming difficult circumstances and obstacles. From a Japanese survivor of an internment camp, to a survivor of political violence in Colombia-the students collected first hand stories of bygone eras. These also included stories of segregated schools and literacy tests at voting polls in Arkansas, atrocities committed during the Japanese occupation of China, confrontations during the cultural revolution, and the difficulties of living in the former Soviet Union.

Students learned more about the lives of their families and community members. They also worked extremely hard to create translations for the interviews that took place in languages other than English.




In the Spring of 2012 students in Mr. Sultan’s US History course interviewed seven Lincoln alumni. The interviewees ranged from class of 1943 all the way to the class of 1971. The students focussed their interviews on questions relating to what life was like growing up in San Francisco in a different era, what memorable experiences the alumni had at Lincoln, and how life has (or hasn’t) changed for teenagers in San Francisco over the years.  This project was conducted with the cooperation and help of the Lincoln Alumni association.


This page contains several oral histories relating to the Island of Old Providence, Colombia in the Caribbean. All interviews were conducted by Lincoln High School teacher Leon Sultan in the summer of 2011.

This trip to Old Providence and the corresponding oral history project was undertaken by Mr. Sultan with the help of a grant from the Fund For Teachers organization.

The purpose of the project as well as this webpage is two-fold. Firstly, it was created in order to record and preserve the stories, history and culture of the Raizal people of Old Providence and San Andrés. Secondly, the project served as a learning experience and guide for Mr. Sultan in teaching his students how to conduct oral history interviews, analyze and publish them. The page serves as a template for students to follow when do their own research and creating their own webpages.

4 Comments to Home

  1. V. Piccolotti
    May 25, 2012 8:13 am

    This is such an amazing and great resource of information. I can’t wait to finish reading all of it. Great job!

  2. Morgan Wallace
    May 25, 2012 8:45 am

    Mustangs and Mr. Sultan,

    What a great project. I really like local history and I learned a lot just from the short clips that I have watched so far. It is great to see senior citizens as a resource, and this project will allow you students to show your grandchildren where their great, great grandparents came from. Great job. Also, the website looks really professional, and has a great interface. I can’t wait to watch some more!


    Morgan Wallace
    ALHS Teacher

  3. Toni Alstad
    June 7, 2012 6:39 pm

    Mr. Sultan and Mustangs
    Congratulations on a well done project. I read through every interview. Thank you for doing this project.

  4. Susan Akram
    July 30, 2012 9:45 am

    A job well done! Thank you, students and teachers. This project brings together our great community spirit here at Lincoln. Hearing these stories helps me see what life was like in the past and at the same time to see what is similar in our my experiences. The students’ questions really made the storytellers come alive. The interviews are so entertaining to read.

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