The Champaign County Historical Museum received “new” benches just in time for last weekend’s Oktoberfest thanks to the Urbana Parks and Recreation Department’s desire to recycle, and Urbana High Vo-Ag teachers Mallory Zachrich and Steve Wilhelm’s desire for a community service project for their students.
When the city donated 12 aging benches to the museum, Historical Society board member Candy Gilliam suggested contacting the school to see whether repairing and painting the benches would qualify as a school project. The teachers responded that it certainly would qualify.
The Historical Society provided the paint and now has 12 refurbished benches for museum visitors.
As awards were presented each student informed the audience of the nature of his or her project. One student, Bryant Chamberlain, a UJHS 7th grader (pictured), has been chosen to represent Ohio at the National History Day competition to be held at the U. of Maryland in June. His project focused on the Toledo War. All Champaign County schools were invited to participate.
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.
Champaign County Historical Society Board President