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Workshops & Events

The Archives offers workshops and organizes events on local history and genealogy throughout the year.

Local History & Genealogy Workshop: Write Your Family History

Saturday, October 11  
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Genealogy research should go beyond finding documents and filling in charts. This program outlines a simple process that will aid your research and create pages of information that can be read and understood by all family members. The method focuses on doing your research efficiently and sharing it with your family. It puts together readable and interesting pages of information that suddenly become your family history. Come to the program and learn methods that will increase your research skills and will make writing a family history easier.


Town & Gown Speaker Series: Champaign County on Film

Wednesday, October 15
7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Join us for a screening of films from the University of Illinois Archives and the Champaign County Historical Archives, which document local history and film-making.

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


Local History & Genealogy:  Authors Panel

Thursday, October 23
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join the Champaign County Historical Archives for an evening of stories as local authors present an informal panel conversation about the discoveries they have made in the Archives. Authors and notables include: Guy Fraker, Dannel McCollum, Perry Morris, Joseph Muskin, Dennis Roberts, Fred Schlipf, and Audrey Wells.

A light reception will follow the panel conversation. 


Local History & Genealogy Children's Program: Discover Your Family's Story

Saturday, October 25
11:00 a.m. - Noon

Join the Champaign County Historical Archives and Children’s Services for a morning of historical sleuthing featuring kid friendly activities to discover and celebrate your family's story. 

For children ages 5 and up and their families.


Local History & Genealogy Workshop: Oral History for Genealogy

Saturday, October 25 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Shows how oral interviews can be used throughout family history research. Topics include using oral history to jump-start research; learning how to ask questions; strategies for scheduling, conducting, and transcribing interviews; producing audio-visual family heirlooms; and preserving oral interviews.


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