Town & Gown Speaker Series

The Town & Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of the Illinois and the Champaign County Historical Archives. Each event in the series  highlights a topic of historical significance to the campus and the community. Join us throughout the year as we share stories of Champaign County.

  • Town & Gown Speaker Series
  • Images of Champaign-Urbana
  • Celebrating Early African American History in Champaign County
  • World War I in Champaign County
  • Champaign County On Film


2015-2016 Schedule:

The Champaign County History Sampler
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Various Locations. More details available at Pick up a passport at any locations or print your own.

CU Blueprints: Exploring Local History Through Architecture

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street Urbana, IL

CU Hoops: Playing, Coaching, and Reporting Basketball
Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building
1700 South 4th Street, Champaign, IL

Local Women as Change Agents
Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Archives Research Center
1707 South Orchard Street, Urbana, IL

Downtown Champaign History Walking Tour with TJ Blakeman
Saturday April 16 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Advanced registration required. Register by filling out this form or by calling 217-333-7841.


Previous Town & Gown Events:

World War I in Champaign County: The Local Story of the Great War

Champaign County On Film
See event film list

A Distinguished Past: Celebrating African American History in Early Champaign County

Images of Champaign-Urbana: Local Photographers Capture Our history


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  • Location

    Horticulture Field Laboratory
    Archives Research Center
    1707 S. Orchard St.
    Urbana, IL 61801

  • Hours

    M,T,TH,F: 8:30am-12pm
    and 1-5pm
    W: 10am-12pm and 1-5pm

  • Contact Us

    Email: Ellen Swain at
    Phone: (217) 333-7841

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