The Champaign County Historical Society lost our President last week. Doug Dill passed away unexpectedly and his soul has been committed to the great beyond. We regret his passing and attach his obituary from the Urbana Daily Citizen here.
The Historical Society Museum is stronger, better, and a more welcoming experience because of the efforts of Doug Dill. Pay the Museum a visit. See what he worked for in life, and help us pay respect to his memory.
RDP Web Editor.
A long time western Champaign County fixture has a new home. The owners of the former Hitching Post Western Store in St. Paris Ohio have donated their signature fiberglass horse, which stood on West Main Street for twenty years. The horse will soon become part of our displays of buggies, tack, and 19th century equipage.
But our horse needs a name! Send your name suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be selected by the Membership committee and will receive a personal tour of the museum for the winner and their family -- presented by our Curator.
Come visit the Museum and I am certain that you will be delighted with what you learn. D.D.
What do you see as the Long-Term goals for the Champaign County Historical Society & Museum? This was the question that came up at a recent board meeting. In 5 to 10 years, what should we have accomplished?
The board will be looking at developing long term goals for us in the next several board meetings. your thoughts and ideas are welcome.
I'm sure that "SPACE" will be one of our goals. It has become evident that we need more space for a number of reasons. Our last program was over capacity by 60 persons. Our exhibit space is about filled up, and we are being offered items and whole collections, but need the space to adequately display them.
We have started discussing the need for an addition to the museum, but financing that addition will be a daunting task.
Another certain goal will be "VISABILITY" to the public. I have heard that many county residents thought our Museum was an abandoned building. Our board members are working hard to dispel this perception with improvements to our façade, our exhibits, and our communication tools.
Lastly, come over and visit our Museum and I am certain that you will be delighted with what you learn.
My extended remarks are published in our April Newsletter "Champaign Chronicles" D.D.
Champaign County Historical Society Board President