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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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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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