Local History and Genealogy Blog

Harvest season has arrived

Anderson Elevator, October 1976                                 

It is no secret that here in Champaign County, harvest season has begun. Just drive past The Andersons on North Staley Road at the end of your workday to marvel at the number of grain filled trucks waiting to unload their bounty. 

Our Ancestors Were Just Like Us

Don’t let the sepia tones fool you. Our ancestors were not all that different from ourselves.

They dressed their children in silly outfits and placed them on cute animals.

Small child on a miniature horse.

They took pictures of their food.

The Champaign County Historical Archives Hours are Changing


Earlier this year, the Champaign County Historical Archives measured public use during all service hours to assess whether the current schedule met the needs of the public. The three-month survey showed a distinct demand for afternoon hours.

At the recommendation of the Archives staff, the Board of Trustees of the Library voted on August 9, 2016 to change the Archives hours of service. 

Summer Corn

With the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival happening this weekend the Archives would like to offer an ode to corn in picture form. 

A team of horses pulling a harrow in a field of corn stalks

The Champaign County Connection: the Olympics

Friday marked the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. 

Jean Driscoll

Jean Driscoll at the Tribute to the Olympics, date unknown


Got Milk?

"Dear Milkman: My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle."