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Town & Gown Speaker Series 

The following events are part of the Town & Gown Speaker Series, a collaborative event sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives of the University of Illinois and the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library. 

Divest Now! Student and Community Divestment Protests in the 1980s

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00 p.m.
University YMCA
1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820

Interested in learning more before the event? Click HERE to view our newest digital collection featuring photographs taken during the Divestment protests.

At the University of Illinois, and at campuses across the country, protesters called for an end to investments in companies with ties to South Africa. The Divest Now Coalition and the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid organized protests and boycotts in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, eventually forcing the University to divest funds. Join a panel of former students and administrators involved in the movement for a discussion of the protests and student activism.

Panel Members:
Lisa Dixon and Jeff Machota, student leaders of the divestment movement; 
Rhonda Kirts, student body president during the divestment movement; 
Lex Tate, former reporter for The News-Gazette and Associate Director of University Office of Public Affairs;
Bryan Savage, legal counsel for the divestment movement

Moderator: Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation, Illinois Public Media.



Unexpected Lessons from the Heartland: Conversations with Rural Women

Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:00 -8:30 p.m.
The Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

After completing an audio documentary workshop at Duke University, long-time Oak Park psychologist Jane Samuelson interviewed older women in rural Champaign County, Illinois. Samuelson heard stories of a way of life that has virtually disappeared. These women were first-hand witnesses to the transition from the family farm to mechanized agriculture, and then to agribusiness.





Beginning Genealogy Workshops 

Taught by genealogist and former member of the Archives' staff, Carolyn Adams, the following workshops will be held at the Champaign County Historical Archives, located in The Jean Evans Archives Room on the second floor of The Urbana Free Library.

Session 1: Beginning Genealogy:
How To Get Started

Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

To help you get started, in this workshop you will tour the Archives and learn about the many resources available here, including local, state, national, and international print resources. You will also learn techniques for using online databases., World Vital Records, FamilySearch, and Fold3,  and other genealogy websites will be demonstrated. Use of on-site computers, or your own laptops during the class is welcome. Genealogical research begins with some basic facts, some of which you already know, or you will soon find out, including family names, birth, marriage, and death dates. Free notebooks (courtesy of the Champaign County Genealogical Society) with forms for recording names, dates, and other vital information will be available to all registrants.  (Registration limited to 20) 

Session 2: Beginning Genealogy:  Family History Based on Sources

Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
The Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)

The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Sources are the evidence on which our genealogy research is based, and the importance of our skill at locating these records can become the most exciting part of compiling family history. We will review family sources; local (city or municipal) records; county and state records; national and even international records.  While many of these records are online, and many are even indexed, it is still important to understand how to locate and request copies of the original, non-digital records. Use of on-site computers, or your own laptops, during the class is welcome. (Registration limited to 20 -  Preference given to those registered for Session 1)

Please call the Archives at 217-367-4025, or stop by to register. The workshops are FREE!

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