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The wonderful thing about the Champaign County Historical Archives is that no matter how many years I have worked and researched I'm always discovering something new in the collection. My latest find is "Unlocking the Files of the FBI: A Guide to Its Records and Classification System". The book explains how the FBI catalogs its records and the various resources available to the public.
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One way to fight back the gloom of dark, brooding, winter weather is through celebration, and in my world view celebration is synonymous with food. Luckily, the Thanksgiving-Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-New Year’s Eve season gives us lots of opportunities to celebrate.Read more about Comfort Food Trumps Winter Blahs
This advertisement for Natural Brand Human Hair appeared in the Champaign Daily Gazette on Tuesday, November 23, 1915. (Note that the switches were made from "your combings". Lovely.) Read more about 100 Years Ago Today
So proclaimed Samuel T. Busey, Urbana’s “soldier, banker, patriot, and public-spirited citizen” in 1867, one year before opening the first incarnation of what is now Busey Bank. Brothers and entrepreneurs Samuel T. and Simeon H. Busey opened Busey Brothers & Company bank on Monday, January 13, 1868. (1)Read more about "What this town needs is a bank!"
On this Veteran's Day the Champaign County Historical Archives would like to share a few photographs from our collection featuring the American Veterans of World War II at Champaign Post No. 3, also known as AMVETS.
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At the end of World War II, the United States created an assitance program for returning veterans to help with the return to civilian life. This was known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly identified as the G.I. Bill. One of the most visible benefits in the Champaign-Urbana area was the low-cost student housing situated across the street from Memorial Stadium: Stadium Terrace.Read more about Living in Stadium Terrace: Housing the University of Illinois’ G.I. Students
MyHeritage Library Edition is the latest addition to the Champaign County Historical Archives’ array of resources to aid in the research of local history and genealogy. It’s a global genealogy database that provides access to records from all over the world-including birth, death, military, and immigration. Coverage starts from the 16th century and includes the US and UK federal census, historical photographs, wills, government records, yearbooks and passenger lists, among other resources.Read more about New Database - MyHeritage