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#TBT "Dick Stillwell, 58, of American Legion Post 24 in Champaign, has been helping decorate graves of veterans with American flags since he was a junior in high school helping his father, who was a veteran of World War I and II."
Here he is decorating graves in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign, IL for Memorial Day in 1993. News-Gazette, 30 May 1993 page D-1, photographer Curt Beamer.Read more about Happy and safe Memorial Day everyone.
The open air school movement was based on the concept that fresh air, good ventilation and exposure to the outside contributed to good health. Originating in Europe, the model was quickly adopted by the United States as a way to provide care and education for children who were anemic, malnourished, or who had been exposed to tuberculosis. The first open air school in the United States was located in Providence, Rhode Island (1908).
While in Europe the schools were usually conducted in forests or rural compounds, the open air schools in the United States were often placed in unused school buildings, ferryboats, roofs, porches, or tents . The first open air school in Chicago was conducted by the Chicago Tuberculosis Institute in cooperation with the school board during the summer of 1909. It was so successful that a year-round school was opened on the roof of the Mary Crane Nursery located in Chicago’s city center . In addition to the benefits of fresh air, hygiene and nutrition were also emphasized. Students were fed a morning snack, a hot dinner, and a glass of milk if possible .
Open Air School #1 and #2 - On roof of Mary Crane Nursery, Courtesy of The Library of Congress
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Anyone who has conducted genealogical research knows that sometimes finding female ancestors can be a tricky business.
Sometimes women can be found by searching a husband's name. For example, this photograph of the Springer family is located in the "Springer, William L." Photographs envelope at the Champaign County Historical Archives.
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May 1st is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Often referred to as May Day, May 1st represents one of the most popular secular celebration days in the world.
Maypole celebration at the University of Illinois, 1912
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Have you ever found a rock that you knew must be a genuine arrowhead?
Have you ever dug a hole in your backyard hoping to discover the ruins of a lost civilization?
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people that first settled Champaign County?
On April 8, 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Republican candidate for the 1912 presidential election, visited West Side Park in Champaign to deliver a campaign speech from the park's bandstand.Read more about Today in C-U History: Theodore Roosevelt visits West Side Park
Spring has finally sprung in Champaign County. With this warmer weather I'm itching to hit the trails and put some rubber to the road. So for this #TBT here are some Urbana bicycle shops from the early 1900s.
Kuhl & Loehr Bicycles and Repair, located at 105 W Elm St. (Urbana), 1911. Albert "Red" Saltsgaver was the manager circa 1914.Read more about Urbana Bicycle Shops
The New-Gazette would have you believe that all the boys in Champaign-Urbana had visions of race cars in their heads during the heyday of the All-American Soap Box Derby. The city race ran for 5 years, 1939-1941, 1946-1947, and served as the qualifier for the national finals held in Akron, Ohio.Read more about Champaign-Urbana Soap Box Derby