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LOCAL EXPERT
TJ Blakeman
North State Street District
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Historic Homes Walking Tour
The North State Street District, the South Charter Street District, and
the Courthouse Square in Monticello are on the National Register
of Historic Places. The residential areas feature historic houses,
carriage barns, and garages. Follow the rich history of the families
that built their homes here through this self-guided tour.
A Walk Through Time Museum
Arcola is home to Raggedy Ann & Andy, whose history you can
learn about in this museum. Other exhibits showcase the history of
local heroes through Vietnam memorabilia, and a history of the
railroad, amongst much more.
Rantoul Historical Society
Rantoul celebrates a rich history, once the home to
Chanute Air Force Base. This historical society features
collections from the base, alongside memorabilia from
significant area events like the founding of the Illinois
Central Railroad.
Piatt County Museum & Gallery
Off the historic Courthouse Square in Monticello, this space preserves
the history of Piatt County with rotating exhibits, showcasing the
area's heritage and lifestyle.
Moultrie County Historical
& Genealogical Society
Formed in 1967, they can be found in the Heritage
Center Research Library & Museum where you can learn
about the history and genealogy of the area.
President | Champaign County
History Museum
There is a lot of wonderful history in our
community but you just have to know
where to find it! "
TIPS
Get your bearings for any #LocalHistoryDay by stopping
at the Champaign County History Museum. You'll be
surprised how much history can be packed in Champaign
County's oldest commercial building.
Take a walk along the Boneyard Trail and enjoy our little
slice of nature connecting Downtown and Campustown.
This little creek was formed when our swamp lands were
drained revealing the most fertile soil on the globe.
Most towns don't have any of their old theaters remaining.
Champaign still has five within three blocks. While some
have been repurposed and are hidden from sight (like the
Rialto), you won't want to miss the glamour of the silver
screen at the beautiful Virginia Theatre. While there, be
sure to get a photo with Urbana's favorite son Roger Ebert.
Visit the Materials Science and Engineering Building on
the University of Illinois campus and see where Joseph
Tykocinski-Tykociner gave the first US demonstration of
sound on motion picture film on June 9, 1922.
Did you know Champaign local C.C. Pyle is one of the
reasons you enjoy the NFL on Sundays? He became
the manager of Harold " Red " Grange (better known as
the Galloping Ghost) in the 1920's and took him on a
nationwide football tour. Red's star power and C.C.'s
promotional skills brought huge interest to the fledgling
league and transformed it forever. Visit " Red " in larger
than life form outside Memorial Stadium.
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https://www.champaigncountyhistory.org/ https://www.cityofmonticello.net/1328/North-State-Street-Historic-District https://www.arcolachamber.com/a-walk-through-time-museum http://www.rantoulhistoricalsociety.org/ https://piattcountymuseum.org/ https://www.facebook.com/MCHGS/ http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org

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