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Workshops & Events

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. 

Distinguished Past: Celebrating African American History in Early Champaign County

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Champaign Public Library, Douglas Branch, 504 E Grove St., Champaign, IL 

The African American story in Champaign County is a tale with deep roots. Join the Student Life and Culture Archives and the Champaign County Historical Archives for an exploration of the early African American history in Champaign County. Speakers will discuss the rich African American history of the area from the earliest soldiers to the first black female students on campus. 


  • Tamara Hoff, Doctoral Candidate in Education
  • Roy Cunningham, Mayor of Homer, IL;
  • Barbara Oehischlaeger-Garvey, Director of the Museum of the Grand Prairie. 

Images of Champaign-Urbana: Local Photographers Capture Our History

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820



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