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May 1st is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Often referred to as May Day, May 1st represents one of the most popular secular celebration days in the world.
Maypole celebration at the University of Illinois, 1912
Read more about Historical May Day demonstrations, parties and festivals
Have you ever found a rock that you knew must be a genuine arrowhead?
Have you ever dug a hole in your backyard hoping to discover the ruins of a lost civilization?
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people that first settled Champaign County?
On April 8, 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Republican candidate for the 1912 presidential election, visited West Side Park in Champaign to deliver a campaign speech from the park's bandstand.Read more about Today in C-U History: Theodore Roosevelt visits West Side Park
Spring has finally sprung in Champaign County. With this warmer weather I'm itching to hit the trails and put some rubber to the road. So for this #TBT here are some Urbana bicycle shops from the early 1900s.
Kuhl & Loehr Bicycles and Repair, located at 105 W Elm St. (Urbana), 1911. Albert "Red" Saltsgaver was the manager circa 1914.Read more about Urbana Bicycle Shops
The New-Gazette would have you believe that all the boys in Champaign-Urbana had visions of race cars in their heads during the heyday of the All-American Soap Box Derby. The city race ran for 5 years, 1939-1941, 1946-1947, and served as the qualifier for the national finals held in Akron, Ohio.Read more about Champaign-Urbana Soap Box Derby
Did you know that the Champaign County Historical Archives has LPs in our collection? Among our treasures is this 1969 recording from the Red Herring Coffee House, which includes a track by Illinois native Dan Fogelberg.Read more about LPs in the Archives, Why Yes Indeed.