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Love Family History, Love Reading Fiction? Here are Titles that Combine Both!

Just in time for the Urbana Free Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Archives has created a list of twenty fiction titles with themes of family history and genealogy. All of these books are available at the Urbana Free Library and include books for both adults and kids. Of course if you’re interested in non-fiction books, the Champaign County Historical Archives has a wide array of genealogical titles too.  Happy Summer Reading! 

The Famous DAR Murder Mystery The Monsters of Templeton

When I was Young

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‘Gamblers’ Row’ aka Champaign’s North Market Street

During the spring of 1937, one intrepid Courier reporter took the citizens of Champaign-Urbana on a 6 part series tour of Champaign’s gambling dens.  For this week’s #TBT we bring you pictures from North Market Street aka ‘Gamblers’ Row.’ 

N Market Street (Champaign, IL), Courier 10 May 1937

“It’s a dull job Patrolman Charles Cole of the Champaign police force has been assigned to by Chief Roy Argo. His beat is confirmed to “Gamblers’ Row,” North Market Street. When this picture was taken it appears that Patrolman Cole was watching the entrances to 103 and 105 North Market street out of the corner of his eye.”

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Happy and safe Memorial Day everyone.

Dick Stillwell decorating graves of veterans in Mount Hope Cemetery, News-Gazette 30 May 1993

#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.   

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