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The history of Champaign County’s African-American community began in the pioneer days of Champaign, Urbana, and the surrounding towns and villages. The easiest way to get started searching for African-American history in Champaign County, as with any subject pertaining to local history in Champaign County, is to search the Local History Online database. You can begin with a quick search from the homepage, which leads to an alphabetical list of results from the Local History Online index. You may find it useful to click “More Searches” and choose a keyword search of our holdings as well. What types of results will you see while searching Local History Online? Below is a list of several types of resources that you can search at the Champaign County Historical Archives. Included are references to several resources specific to Champaign County’s local African-American history and individuals.Read more about Finding African-American Ancestors in Champaign County: A Resource Guide
Genealogists and local history buffs aren't the only ones who appreciate a good cemetery.
These lovely creatures were captured by our own resident cemetery aficionado, Karla.
If you don't mind spending an afternoon in a cemetery you may be interested in our upcoming workshop: Basic Cemetery Restoration. John Heider, a professional gravestone conservator, will offer a hands on class on how to properly care for Illinois cemeteries and their historic grave markers on June 4th. The class will meet at The Urbana Free Library and Roselawn Cemetery.
Cemeteries not your thing?Read more about Cemetery Haunts
They go by many names, VHS, Videocassettes, Videotapes and for nearly 40 years they were the standard for home viewing entertainment. Today, VHS tapes have faded with the advent of the DVD, however many people (including myself) still own videotapes especially of family events.
Read more about Welcome to the Audiovisual Center in the Archives!
Today America honors the contributions and incredible life of Martin Luther King Jr. On this date we especially pause to remember his passion, bravery and hope for the future. Yet, it is important to note that reminders of his life and teachings surround us every day. From memorials and streets to movies and documentaries, Dr. King’s message of love can easily be recalled. Below are a couple of every day reminders of Martin Luther King’s philosophies.
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Urbana
Formerly Hays School, the elementary school was renamed for Dr. King in the 1970’s.Read more about In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Walter C. Glines was the well-known proprietor of Gline’s Penny Store in Champaign, which he opened during World War I and managed until his retirement in 1956. However, before moving to Champaign and becoming a business owner, Mr. Glines had a successful career as a circus performer.Read more about Walter C. Glines: Business Owner, Circus Performer
Ellis Island opened on January 1, 1892. In honor of that occasion here is a blog we posted in 2013 about the history of the island and tips for researching an ancestor's immigration story. Happy New Year, Everyone!
We all learned as school children how our immigrant ancestors came to America through Ellis Island. The real story about where and when immigrants entered the United States is much more complicated than the story we grew up with. Ellis Island was a New York gateway for the arrival of U.S. immigrants from roughly 1892 to 1924. Although it was by far the largest port of entry and millions arrived during that time, it was one of many ways to enter the United States.Read more about Ellis Island, A New Beginning...