The Champaign County Historical Museum will no longer be open on Sunday afternoons except when there is a scheduled program.
Museum hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am - 4pm.
by Terri Marratta
Educational Outreach Chair, Champaign County Historical Museum
Teachers are always looking for ways to spark their students' interest in their subject matter. For me personally, as a teacher of history to young people who sometimes struggle to see the relevance of the past on their lives, it was often a challenge to make my lessons come alive to draw them in. Regardless of how well organized a lesson plan was, my students were always more engaged if the learning was experiential, such as interacting with a visual aid, rather than passively listening to a lecture.
The Champaign County Historical Museum is a treasure trove of over 13,000 artifacts which could bring history to life for Champaign County students and the public in general IF it is more readily accessible. Presently, lacking a dedicated source of steady income, the museum's hours of operation are quite limited due to the forced reliance on volunteer help, thus greatly restricting the museum's ability to serve the interests of the county.
On November 6th CCHS is seeking passage of a 3/10 mil operating levy to finance and expand educational outreach and hours of operation. The effective cost of the levy amounts to $10/year on a $100,000 property. For a nominal cost Champaign County residents will realize an exponential benefit, the very definition of a bargain. Please join me on November 6th in voting "YES" for the Champaign County Historical Museum levy. As Santayana also said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Willis, an Urbana University graduate, will be inducted into the U. U. Athletic Hall of Fame the following day.
A limited edition football card autographed by Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Raymond Berry will be raffled off to a lucky attendee. The program will end at 6:30 in order to permit people to attend local high school games. The event, including the raffle, is free to the public, and the museum will be open.
The Champaign County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The Society depends upon donations and dues to provide a free public museum located at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana. The museum is open from 10 -4 Mondays and Tuesdays and from 1-4 Sundays.
The Champaign County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story.
The museum is open from 10 -4 Mondays and Tuesdays and from 1-4 Sundays.
We have worked hard to increase our presence throughout the county and people have noticed! If you have not had a chance to take our 10-question survey on our website, please do so. We are receiving valuable input and welcome more of the same. Moreover, we received many visitors at the fair and learned a lot from them.
A number of supporters weighed in on our levy campaign and suggested that many voters do not realize just how small the millage is. Others seemed to think that it will apply to all citizens, not just property owners. We’re listening and will highlight:
3/10 of a mil
in our promotional materials and further explain that this equates to about
$10 per year on a property appraised at $100,000.
More than ever, we need the support of all members to pass this issue and thus stabilize our museum operation. Contributions made to the CCHS Campaign Committee will be deposited in the First Central National Bank of St. Paris and may be sent to:
P. O. Box 65, Urbana, OH, 43078.
As always, we thank you for your support.
The 5th Annual Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free & Accepted Masons Car & Bike Show is coming to the Champaign County Historical Museum on Saturday, Aug. 25th. More details included in the poster below.
In 2014, the Champaign County Historical Society, the City of Urbana, and others dedicated an Ohio Historical Marker at the northeast corner of Kenton and Ward Streets in Urbana commemorating the city’s first graveyard (1805-1855) and the War Council of 1812 which took place about 100 yards to the west.
However, last year the marker suffered significant damage and had to be returned to the manufacturer for repair.
“We sincerely appreciate Director Brugger and the City of Urbana taking the initiative to repair and reinstall this important marker,” said Walter. “People need to understand that considerable research and monies go into the creation of Ohio Historical Markers and that they need to be protected.”
Anyone noticing attempts to damage an Ohio Historical Marker is asked to notify local law enforcement.
Champaign County Historical Society Board President