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Spring usually brings thoughts of sunshine, flowers, picnic, baseball, but what about football?

 

Traditionally, football is an autumnal sport where two teams face off as the leaves fall. Yet, collegiate athletes continue to train year round and even match up for special games. The Fighting Illini are no different and this weekend will bring the football players front and center, reminding us in the Archives of Illinois’ proud football legacy. Read more about Spring usually brings thoughts of sunshine, flowers, picnic, baseball, but what about football?

Ice Cream: The Health Food?

 

On frigid days like this we have to remind ourselves that summer will be here soon! Thinking of summer always reminds me of sweet, frozen treats. The photo above was taken in the 1920’s when Champaign was home to the Champaign Ice Cream Co. As you can see, Champaign Ice Cream Co. advertised ice cream as “the health food.” From 1913-1929 residents could satisfy their appetites for sweet summer treats and also tour the creamery.  Read more about Ice Cream: The Health Food?

Is There Something Hiding In This Photograph?

             

 

This photograph of the Boardwalk on the University of Illinois Quad seems fairly straight forward, an idyllic scene of campus on a sunny day. However, if you look very closely on the left hand side of the photo there seems to a faint outline of a person walking. Is it a trick of the light, a misprint of the negative, or perhaps something more ghostly in nature?  Read more about Is There Something Hiding In This Photograph?

Illinois Ancestors: Death list accessibility now limited

The U.S. budget bill that was recently signed into law includes the closure of the Social Security Death Index and the exemption of SSDI information from the Freedom of Information Act.

The U.S. budget bill that was recently signed into law includes the closure of the Social Security Death Index and the exemption of SSDI information from the Freedom of Information Act.

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