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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
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.
Champaign and Urbana have been home to several wonderful theaters and by the 1950’s could boast to having two Drive-Ins.Read more about What’s Playing at the Drive-In?
Stop by the second floor of the Urbana Free Library to see the new Champaign County Historical Archives exhibit called "Champaign County and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918" on display now!
The H1N1 virus (above) was behind the flu pandemic of 1918.Read more about New Exhibit: Champaign County and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
It’s easy to forget in this day and age when everything is typed and delivered electronically that handwriting was once considered an art. However, in the Archives we are fortunate enough to possess thousands of records written in longhand.