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Feeling nostalgic while flipping through newspaper advertisements? Sick of online shopping? Want to reconnect with times-gone-by? Then check out the Archives copy of the Sears, Roebuck and Company: Consumers Guide, Fall 1900.This 1970 reprint of the original catalog gives a firsthand glimpse into life and products from 1900. Some of the items on sale were “Acme Horse Fattening Powder”, “Princess Hair Restorer” and an entire department dedicated to headstones.Read more about Autumn Shopping from 1900
Historical newspapers are a daily resource in my job. Obituaries, town happenings, world events, and pop culture all come together in your local newspaper. That’s why it is so exciting when the Library of Congress announces that the Chronicling America project, an online resource of historic U.S. newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, has posted its 10 millionth page!Read more about 10 Million Pages of Historic Newspapers
Grain elevators, still dominate the rural Midwest skyline although they are not as prevalent today as they were in the late 19th – early 20th centuries.
Invented in 1842 by Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar in Buffalo, New York, the grain elevator quickly migrated to the Midwest and the Plains where an expanding railroad made it possible to efficiently transport grain straight from the farmland.Read more about Grain Elevators - Skyscrapers of the Prairie
Try-It! Illinois 2015, the fifteenth annual statewide database trial sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, is now available. Come visit or call the Archives and get your password! Read more about Try Out Try-It Illinois, October 1 through November 30, 2015
Visit the Champaign County Historical Archives and check out our newly-arranged reference area, complete with a handy stand-up table for spreading out atlases, and a great view of the courthouse painting.
Marnie, Archives Assistant
The full trees and sunlight dappled across the pavement are what give this circa 1940 photograph of Church Street (Champaign) a serene, summer feel. Photographer Harold Holmes shot this photograph looking east from in front of Cole Hospital, 800 W. Church St. Read more about Relaxing View of Church Street