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Earlier this year, the Champaign County Historical Archives measured public use during all service hours to assess whether the current schedule met the needs of the public. The three-month survey showed a distinct demand for afternoon hours.
At the recommendation of the Archives staff, the Board of Trustees of the Library voted on August 9, 2016 to change the Archives hours of service. Read more about The Champaign County Historical Archives Hours are Changing
Interested in what the Archives staff are uncovering in the Chanute Collection? We thought you might be. Here is a sampling of pictures showing the daily life of the men and women who lived and worked at Chanute during its 76 years of operation.
- Sherrie, Archives Librarian Read more about Chanute: Daily Life on the Rantoul AFB
100 years ago on this day (July 12), the above ad ran in the Courier. It caught my eye initially because of the spelling error (editor missed the "t" in Knowlton), but it also reminded me that some designs truly have endured. The bottom photo is the sharpener in the Archives, probably quite similar to the one described in the ad. After many attempts with an electric sharpener, the department went back to an old, reliable manual model a couple years ago. (Thanks, Becky B.!)Read more about Sharpest Pencils in the Cup
Back of photograph reads: "Outdoor market -- Champaign around 1910." From the "Farmers market--Champaign" photograph envelope.
Summer time is farmers' market season in Central Illinois and it has been for at least the last century. Check out the above photograph of an early 1900s outdoor market in Champaign!Read more about Farmers' Market Season in Champaign County
Calendar of Events
Fri 10/28 Friday Tech Help, 3:00 pm
Fri 10/28 National Chemistry Week -- Forensic-Themed Chemical Demonstrations, 3:30 pm
Fri 10/28 Zombie Prom V: Thriller on Elm Street, 5:30 pm
Sat 10/29 Halloween Piano Recital, 11:00 am
Sat 10/29 Craft-o-ween, 2:30 pm