Local History and Genealogy Blog

What’s Playing at the Drive-In?

Drive-In movie theaters hold a special place in American history and hold very fond memories for teenagers growing up in the 1950’s. With the novelty of being able to drive up to a movie, struggling to fit all your friends into the back seat of your car and watch the latest hit out of Hollywood, the Drive-In was pure magic.

Movie Playing at the Drive-In

Champaign and Urbana have been home to several wonderful theaters and by the 1950’s could boast to having two Drive-Ins.

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Champaign Fire Department Turns 150!

This month the Champaign Fire Department is celebrating its 150th Anniversary (1865-2015) and they will be observing the occasion with a parade and a Fire Muster this coming Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Part of the activities that day will be a mobile history museum of the Champaign Fire Department. Here at the Archives we thought we would get the commemorative ball rolling with some historical pictures from our collection. 

Champaign Fire Department "Belle Engine & Hose Co. No. 1"

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Archives Visitors

We have a saying in the Archives that you never know who will walk in the door on any given day, and that’s one of the many reasons we love our jobs. It is especially interesting when we can put our hands on documents relating to our patrons’ pasts.

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Fourth of July Celebrations

#TBT Fourth of July celebrations in Champaign-Urbana

Children's Parade, July 4, 1969, Champaign, IL

The kids in southwest Champaign were not to be outdone on the Fourth. They decorated bikes, wagons, tricycles, and themselves and had their own parade near James and Charles streets. July 4, 1969. 

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Love Family History, Love Reading Fiction? Here are Titles that Combine Both!

Just in time for the Urbana Free Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Archives has created a list of twenty fiction titles with themes of family history and genealogy. All of these books are available at the Urbana Free Library and include books for both adults and kids. Of course if you’re interested in non-fiction books, the Champaign County Historical Archives has a wide array of genealogical titles too.  Happy Summer Reading! 

The Famous DAR Murder Mystery The Monsters of Templeton

When I was Young

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