Champaign County on Film


Image of reel-to-reel film projector

“Saving our film heritage should not be limited only to commercially produced films. Home movies do not just capture the important private moments of our family’s lives, but they are historical and cultural documents as well.”– Martin Scorsese

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Champaign County Historical Archives and Student Life and Culture Archives will present a mashup of archival films from the mid-1920s through the 21st century including aerials of Champaign-Urbana, college life, Orpheum Theatre, agricultural technology, the Flat Iron fire of the late 1940s, African-American CU Day Reunion, and the changing nature of transportation that includes trains, buses, and cars.  

Josh Harris, UI Media Preservation Coordinator, will briefly discuss his work to preserve local film, and Local Theater Historian, Perry Morris, will also present. 


Handouts with tips for preserving your home movies will be available along with free popcorn and soda. We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium 

The Urbana Free Library

If you are unable to make our Wednesday event here are some links with tips and techniques for preserving your home movies.

                          Library of Congress - Care, Handling, and Storage of Motion Picture Film

                          Center for Home Movies – Caring for Originals

                          Chicago Film Archives – Home Movies