Local History & Genealogy Digital Exhibits
Digital exhibits on a variety topics, drawing from our unique collections of books, journals, newspapers, records, manuscripts, photographs, and more.
Digitized historic photographs, advertisements, texts & more from our unique collections. Examples include: African-American Community Leaders, Casual Dining in Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Homes, 1838-1920, Chanute: Daily Life on the Rantoul AFB, and many more.
We have over 250 oral histories with topics that cover the length and breadth of the history of Champaign County and its communities. Richly represented within the collection are stories of rural life, and experiences of the African American community. Additionally, many recordings and their corresponding transcripts (when available) have been digitized and made available online.
These projects feature extensive content from the Champaign County Historical Archives.
Each year CMS celebrates Forum Week, where they suspend their normal curriculum and the entire school focuses on a single topic. The topic for 2016 was podcasting. The finished podcasts are entirely student-created: the girls researched their topics, conducted interviews, wrote scripts, composed music, and recorded and edited the final podcasts. The groups created podcasts about 6 historically-significant local organizations: Champaign County Historical Museum, Courier Cafe, Common Ground Food Co-Op, League of Women Voters of Champaign County, Capoeira Angola Center, and First United Methodist Church of Urbana.
Explore CU is a free web and mobile platform about the arts, culture, and history of Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding area. Developed by the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. Historic Champaign County – Neighborhoods and Homes’ contains digital copies of Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA) historic property inventories, and City of Urbana - House Surveys, of several hundred Champaign and Urbana residences.
Abraham Lincoln spent nearly twenty years of his life practicing law in Urbana while on the Circuit Court, making friends and gaining political allies. This is not a tour of sites that he visited, but rather a look at the connections between the Urbana of Lincoln's era and the historic buildings of today's downtown. This on-demand, self-guided tour allows you to see images and hear sounds from the past on the actual spot where history was made. The pastcast is available to download as audio or video to your personal device.