Workshops & Events

Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Service, Interurbans, and Roads

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Jean Evens Archives Room (Second Floor)

In Illinois, as in most places, people and communities have sought to connect with other places for personal, cultural, economic, and political reasons. During our 200 years, private companies, state government, and national government have developed different forms of transportation and communication. Each form made unique contributions to this binding process by expanding the spaces used by people and economic activities and would be worthy of its own session. Yet, at this time of our bicentennial, this session will cover them as part of the cumulative effect. Our territory was changed from a sparsely settled and minimally connected area to a place with an extensive set of linkages between communities and regions. As these linkages expanded connectivity for most people, some have had to deal with fewer connections by any means other than an automobile. Clearly, these transportation and postal service developments have been key factors in shaping our state’s history and character. Though the core changes are obvious and perhaps taken for granted, the details and interesting stories along that historical path are fascinating and illustrate our desires and need for connections.

Presented by Dr. Norman Moline, Professor Emeritus, Augustana College

This Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau presentation is co-sponsored by The Champaign County Genealogical Society, the Champaign County History Museum, and the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library.

The Early C-U Television Story

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)

Local broadcaster Doug Quick will share his book, "Pictures on the Prairie: The First Ten Years of Mid-Illinois Television History." The book, which covers 1953-1963, is a culmination of over thirteen years of research, some of which was conducted in the Champaign County Historical Archives.

Quick will focus his evening talk on the beginnings of WCIA, WCHU, WDAN-TV, WICD, and their contributions to the new local television industry.

Books will be available for purchase, and Quick will sign copies after the program. For more information about Doug Quick, visit



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