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).Read more about #TBT 30 Years Ago at the Wilbur Mansion
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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.Read more about Are You A Musician?
This weekend is the 40th Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. In honor of that occasion the Archives wants to share a few pictures of the Midwest delicacy.
Read more about The Summertime Staple: The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival!
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!Read more about Love is in the August Air
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!Read more about Cooking with Local Flavor: Community Cookbooks in the Archives
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.
The Flag of Earth depicts very simply the yellow Sun, the blue Earth, the white Moon, and the blackness of Space.Read more about Flag of Earth
I thought I had discovered the predecessors to the 1960’s “garage bands” when I came across this photo, undated but probably from the late 1920’s or early 1930’s, of the J.F. Lorch Garage Entertainers.Read more about Smiley Burnett in a Garage Band?
Sometimes, ideas for blog posts are sitting on the desk just waiting to be written about! This tiny, 8-page pamphlet advertising Dr. M. Brandom was found among photos and ephemera in a box being processed by Norma B.Read more about Cancer Positively Cured; No Knife Used; Safety and Permanency Assured