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Part of the activities that day will be a mobile history museum of the Champaign Fire Department. Here at the Archives we thought we would get the commemorative ball rolling with some historical pictures from our collection.Read more about Champaign Fire Department Turns 150!
We have a saying in the Archives that you never know who will walk in the door on any given day, and that’s one of the many reasons we love our jobs. It is especially interesting when we can put our hands on documents relating to our patrons’ pasts.Read more about Archives Visitors
#TBT Fourth of July celebrations in Champaign-Urbana
The kids in southwest Champaign were not to be outdone on the Fourth. They decorated bikes, wagons, tricycles, and themselves and had their own parade near James and Charles streets. July 4, 1969.Read more about Fourth of July Celebrations
Scenes from the Circus Parade in downtown Champaign from 1909! #TBT!
Photographs courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives Circus photograph envelope.
Lara, Archives Assistant
Read more about The Circus is Coming to Town!
Just in time for the Urbana Free Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Archives has created a list of twenty fiction titles with themes of family history and genealogy. All of these books are available at the Urbana Free Library and include books for both adults and kids. Of course if you’re interested in non-fiction books, the Champaign County Historical Archives has a wide array of genealogical titles too. Happy Summer Reading!
Read more about Love Family History, Love Reading Fiction? Here are Titles that Combine Both!
In honor of the upcoming summer solstice (June 21st) we present you with an interior picture of Rising Sun School for this installation of #TBT.
Rising Sun School was a one-room school house in Condit Township. Teacher Hattie McBrian oversees lessons in this photo dated circa 1938.Read more about Rising Sun School
With the overwhelming availability of online genealogical websites and family tree software, folks interested in their roots may have been overlooking a traditional method of recording their ancestors: the 15-Generation (paper) pedigree chart. Read more about Your Pedigree on Paper