Local History and Genealogy Blog

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."


Did someone say goat…

Some days you just need a picture of a baby goat. If this is one of those days for you than please enjoy this picture from the Archives. 

Military cook bottle feeding baby goat

Sharpest Pencils in the Cup

Design still works after 100 years


100 years ago on this day (July 12), the above ad ran in the Courier. It caught my eye initially because of the spelling error (editor missed the "t"  in Knowlton), but it also reminded me that some designs truly have endured. The bottom photo is the sharpener in the Archives, probably quite similar to the one described in the ad. After many attempts with an electric sharpener, the department went back to an old, reliable manual model a couple years ago. (Thanks, Becky B.!)

#TBT Moving Day

House being moved

Photograph of a Greek Revival Cottage being moved down University Avenue. Taken May 19, 1977, part of the Greek Revival Collection.