Workshops & Events

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Performing and Preserving Family History Interviews

Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Zoom | Registration required

Even though the pandemic is keeping us apart from many of our loved ones, we can still take time to call or virtually meet with them. Now is a good time to obtain and preserve your family's oral history and keep your family connections strong. At this CCGS meeting, Bethany Anderson, Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist from the University of Illinois will discuss ways in which you can accomplish this goal for the New Year!

Bethany works with units across the University of Illinois campus to document the scientific enterprise. She is especially interested in documenting women in science and technology, oral history, and exploring new technologies for creating access to and preserving archival materials. On this night, she will be providing an overview of oral history methods and resources.

Hosted by the Champaign County Genealogical Society and cosponsored by The Urbana Free Library. 


Finding Labor in the Archives: The History of Champaign County's Labor Movements

Thursday, February 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Zoom | Registration required

Did you know that nearly a hundred years ago there were many more local unions than there are today, including meat cutters, bakers, and phone operators, and they all marched in the Labor Day parade? The Champaign County Historical Archives has materials that tell these stories and many more. This informative session will feature archival material from more than a century of our county's labor movements. Join Dr. Stephanie Fortado in an exploration of the history of the working people who helped build our community, from laundry workers who were tear gassed in the 1930s, to striking nurses in 1970.

Dr. Stephanie Fortado is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois Labor Education Program, providing workshops and extension programming for unions and the general public on the Champaign-Urbana campus and throughout Illinois. As part of her job, Stephanie is the Co-Director of the annual Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference. Before joining the University, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS), the oldest state-wide labor history organization in the United States. She is currently a board member for ILHS, as well as for the Mother Jones Heritage Project.



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