Workshops & Events


Preservation Month Lecture: Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 · 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, Ground Floor

We’ll look at the great mix of architectural styles used from c. 1905 – 1940, showing evolving American ideals and international influences. As urban density occurred in companion with an expansion of the middle class, the influence of regional and national patterns of architectural standardization was encouraged by mass production and the aspiration nature of the residents who lived there.

Presenter: Matt Metcalf, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA


Preservation Month Walking Tour: Urbana's Early 20th Century Houses
Saturday, May 20, 2017 · 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana "booth" (no rain date)

Join tour leader, Matt Metcalf, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA, and we’ll walk into the West Urbana neighborhood to look at the great mix of architectural styles which illustrate the development patterns of a growing city. We will also look at various influences of styles versus fully developed examples of styles to see the real eclectic mix in this neighborhood.


Preservation Month Workshop: How to Research your Old House
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 · 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Jean Evans Archives Room, Second Floor

Bring your address and we’ll help you get started on your research! When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there?

Presenters: Alice Novak, Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission; Brian Adams, Author, Joseph William Royer, Urbana’s Architect; Board of Directors, The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA)


Town & Gown Speaker Series: 100th Anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 · 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993). Come hear Mark Hanson, former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul's former air force base. 

The Town & Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives and the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois.