Local History and Genealogy Blog

#TBT 30 Years Ago at the Wilbur Mansion

Judy Kaufman, Susan Chalifoux, and Laurie McCarthy with historical wedding gowns at the Wilbur Mansion, 1985

Historical wedding dresses from 1860-1920s on display at the Champaign County Historical Museum located in the Wilber Mansion. Pictured left to right are Judy Kaufman (in her 1957 wedding gown), Susan Chalifoux (in an 1890 wedding gown from the museum's collection), and Laurie McCarthy (in her 1980 wedding gown). 

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Are You A Musician?

The caption under the photo claims what science has proven to be true - "Music helps wonderfully!" These Aviation Mechanics Band members were photographed at Chanute Field, Rantoul, IL, sometime around 1917. Visit the Champaign County Historical Archives to view the original and many more historic photos of Chanute Field.

.Aviation Mechanics Training School Band, Chanute Field, circa 1917

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Love is in the August Air

Members of the First Christian Church of Champaign deliver a singing valentine to Dan Demko in his office at the Southland Distribution Center, Champaign. 1985

August is Romance Awareness month, so show your love of local history by stopping by the Champaign County Historical Archives. We have an array of books, LP’s, vertical files and much more to smitten all history lovers!

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Cooking with Local Flavor: Community Cookbooks in the Archives

The Urbana Free Library has a very popular cookbook collection, but did you know the Champaign County Historical Archives has its own collection of over 100 local cookbooks compiled by local organizations, schools, libraries, churches, and various societies? If you would like access to these fantastic cookbooks with local flavor, just ask our staff at the Archives front desk! 

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Flag of Earth

Flags have been in the news lately, and the nation has been contemplating the power of symbols to unite and divide.  One Champaign County resident, James Cadle, understood this dichotomy perfectly and in 1970 created a flag for the Earth, free from all “political, cultural, or geographical commitments,” truly a flag for all humankind.    

Flag of Earth designed by James Cadle, 1970

The Flag of Earth depicts very simply the yellow Sun, the blue Earth, the white Moon, and the blackness of Space.

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