Monthly Archives: May 2015

Campus Memories: Taking a Stroll Down Lovers’ Lane

Now that it is officially summer and campus has emptied out, it’s a perfect time to take a wander down memory lane. There’s no better place to start than by exploring Lovers’ Lane! Lovers’ Lane was located on Daniel Street and Champaign, between Fourth Street and Wright Street [1], next to the Kappa Alpha Theta house. […]

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Full-Time Football Coach to Probate Judge: Arthur Hall and his Artifacts

After a semester at the University’s Conservation unit, the artifacts donated with the personal papers of the Illinois football coach Arthur Hall are now back at the archives and a part of his collection. The collection donated from his family contains several newspaper clippings spanning from the beginning of his football career to the end […]

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One Hundred Years to Commencement: The 1915 Graduation at Illinois

One hundred years ago, the University of Illinois graduating class of 1915 prepared to receive their diplomas at the 44th annual Commencement ceremony. While the class of 2015 will throw their caps at Memorial Stadium, the 1915 commencement ceremony took place in the Armory, with further formalities held on the Main Quad [1].     […]

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The May Fête at the U of I

Each year, people around the world celebrate May Day and the arrival of spring. At the University of Illinois, this celebration took the form of the May Fête, a mid-month celebration with a maypole dance and pageant.  Celebratory May activities held at the University began in 1899, although activities like Field Day began earlier, in 1883.[1] Later, […]

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