“Wonderful testimony to Champaign’s history”
Since opening on March 19, over 900 people have visited the first signature event celebrating Champaign’s 150th anniversary–A Walk Through Time: An Historical Tribute. “It’s a great display—wonderful testimony to Champaign’s history,” wrote Mary Ann & Bob Espeseth in the exhibit’s guest book. Over the next week, nearly 400 local students are expected to “walk through time” and experience, reflect and learn about Champaign’s history.
“It’s been a momentous launch of Champaign’s 150th anniversary! The only disheartening piece of this once-in-a-lifetime historical examination is that it is a temporary display,” said LaEisha Meaderds, project manager. This first of Champaign’s three signature events will come to a close on Wednesday, April 7.
Rarely-seen artifacts and documents; six-foot display boards amazingly organized and packed with historical facts on topics ranging from the emergence of the railroads, to the opening of the UI, to dancing fads of old; an old time candy station; era music; and featured storytellers add to the aura of the walk down memory lane. Peering through CityView windows above the bustle of today’s world while journeying through eras of days gone by inside, provides interesting contrast.
The exhibit continues through Wednesday, April 7, Monday-Friday, 4 PM – 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM. It will be closed on Sunday, April 4 in observance of the Easter holiday.
Storytelling with Camille Born continue this Saturday, April 3 at 11 AM and Monday, April 5 at 6 PM.
Location: CityView in the Illinois Terminal (4th Floor), 45 E University Ave.
For more information regarding the exhibit and other 150th events, check champaign150.com or call 217.403.8710.