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CU Hoops: Playing, Coaching, and Reporting Basketball - Part of the Town & Gown Speaker Series. (PDF)
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building
1700 South 4th Street, Champaign, Illinois
See men's and boys' basketball through the eyes of local players, coaches, and reporters as they share their memories of the sport.

Panel Moderator: 

Kent Brown, University of Illinois Associate Director of Athletics, Media Relations

Panel Members:  

Lee Cabutti, Former Champaign Central High School Basketball Coach

Verdell Jones, Founder of the Ft. Sooy Basketball Program

Fred Kroner, Former News-Gazette Executive Sports Editor

Tom Michael, Eastern Illinois University Athletic Director and former University of Illinois Senior Associate Athletic Director

The Town & Gown Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives and the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois. Each event in the series  highlights a topic of historical significance to the campus and the community.


Thursday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
The Collins Archaeological Complex located along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, northwest of Danville is home to a site of Native American mounds over a thousand years old. Join archaeologist Amanda Butler as she discusses the significance of these mounds and their relationship to the Mississippian civilization who built the city of Cahokia near East St. Louis, Illinois.

Presenter: Amanda J. Butler, M.A. is an archaeologist and instructor in anthropology at Parkland College. She is also a lithic analyst affiliated with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. She is an established lecturer through her many teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as through her many public speaking engagements throughout Central Illinois. Currently, she is working on dissertation research at the Collins Site in East-Central Illinois.

Local Women as Change Agents: Traditions of Philanthropy and Political Action - Part of the Town & Gown Speaker Series. (PDF)
Thursday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Archives Research Center
1707 South Orchard Street, Urbana, Illinois
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 - 8:30p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
This presentation will introduce attendees to the importance of preserving fragile family books, papers, and photographs and provide introductory information on how to do so. Topics that will be covered include general storage tips, problems to look for, examples of usual deterioration, and different types of possible treatments – both novice and professional. Participants are encouraged to bring an item from their family collection that they are interested in preserving for discussion. Workshop is limited to thirty (30) participants.

Jennifer Hain Teper has served as Head of the Conservation Unit for the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2001 and since 2009 has also served as Head of Preservation. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August of 2000 with a MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials. She is adjunct faculty with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, is the chair of the campus’ Preservation Working Group, and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She gives frequent talks and workshops on historic scrapbooks, understanding historic photographic collections, and caring for book and paper materials.

This workshop is FREE, however REGISTRATION is required, 217.367.4025 or
Thursday, May 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Jean Evans Archives Room, The Urbana Free Library
Get hands-on experience in platting land described by metes and bounds, the use of local landmarks to define the boundaries of property. This form of land description was used in the state land states: the 13 original colonies, plus Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hawaii and Texas are also state land states, but they will not be covered in this class. There will be an introduction to the terminology, followed by several hands-on exercises to be done jointly, with slides to demonstrate the procedures. Workshop is limited to fifteen (15) participants.
This workshop is FREE, however REGISTRATION is required, 217.367.4025 or
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
John Heider, professional gravestone conservator, will teach and guide individuals on how to properly care for Illinois cemeteries and their historic grave markers. The class will meet at The Urbana Free Library from 10 am - 12 noon, and at the Roselawn Cemetery from 1 pm - 4 pm, for a hands-on workshop about cemetery care. You will gain valuable knowledge on documenting a cemetery, safe cleaning practices, probing for unmarked graves, and repairing and resetting certain types of grave markers. Workshop is limited to twenty (20) participants.

This workshop is FREE, however REGISTRATION is required, 217.367.4025 or






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