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Workshops & Events


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. 

Images of Champaign-Urbana: Local Photographers Capture Our History

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium

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

Photographers from across Champaign County have been capturing our history since the invention of the camera. Family events, national and local happenings, landscapes and prairie-views -- the moments of local life caught in pictures. Join a distinguished panel of photographers from local studios and media as they share stories of photographing life in our community.
  • Larry Kanfer, Larry Kanfer Photography
  • Robert McCandless, The Courier, Robert McCandless Photograph Studio
  • Darrell Hoemann, The News-Gazette, Darrell Hoemann Photography
  • Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois Public Affairs


  • Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation, Illinois Public Media


Divest Now!: Student and Community Divestment Protests in the 1980s (More information forthcoming....)

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


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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