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In honor of Thanksgiving, here are some historical facts about to share at your dinner table. We hope you have a wonderful holiday, and we'll see you back at the Archives on Friday.
- This mayoral proclamation appeared in the Champaign Gazette and Union on November 18, 1868:
Champaign Gazette and Union, 18 November 1868, p. 1Read more about Happy Thanksgiving from Local History and Genealogy!
#TBT "Dick Stillwell, 58, of American Legion Post 24 in Champaign, has been helping decorate graves of veterans with American flags since he was a junior in high school helping his father, who was a veteran of World War I and II."
Here he is decorating graves in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign, IL for Memorial Day in 1993. News-Gazette, 30 May 1993 page D-1, photographer Curt Beamer.Read more about Happy and safe Memorial Day everyone.
Whether you date the origin of Candlestick Lane from 1960 and the 10 families that gathered together on the 700 block of Fairlawn Drive to display oversized Yule cards or the neighbors on Grant Place who competed in an Illinois Power contest for the best holiday lights in 1964 it is evident that this corner of Urbana is flush with a holiday spirit that spans generations.Read more about Candlestick Lane
Stop by the Champaign County Historical Archives (on the second floor of The UFL) and view our new exhibit, “Champaign County Winter Wonderland.” We have winter themed photographs and newspaper advertisements from 1890-1980, World War I correspondence from Army nurse Nettie Irle Mills describing Christmas in a French Red Cross facility, and other artifacts from our Local History and Genealogy collections.
Kids building snow fort, 1985.
Read more about Champaign County Winter Wonderland
What book do you give a child this season? I'm getting ready to package some for mailing. Here are some of my favorite titles for gifting. -Elaine B. Read more about Elaine's Favorite Books for Giving this Year