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Speaker Series

Each month, we welcome a speaker to the museum to present on various topics relating to Champaign County history.  This event takes place in our Community Room on the second floor of the Cattle Bank. We also stream the speaker series on Facebook Live. Join us in-person to meet the speaker and engage with questions, or watch from home! 


Seating is limited, so check back to this page periodically to reserve your ticket.  You can also sign up for our eNewsletter below to receive information on upcoming topics. 



Upcoming History Talks

“The sleek, bald head of Judge Ayers bobbling along between the bases:”
When Baseball was Mostly Fun in Illinois and Champaign County, 1865-1870


Join us on April 18th at 7pm @ the Urbana Free Library as we welcome historian and author Robert Sampson! Are you a baseball fan and gearing up for season? Join us as we explore the early years of baseball in Champaign County and the beginnings of professional play in our local area!

Tickets are free though registration is required. Use the button to the right to reserve your seat!

2024 History Talks

  • January 18th - History of UIUC Homecoming by Ryan Ross, Historian / U of I Alumni Alliance (Postponed)

  • February 15th - The 370th Infantry and Their Impact on Champaign County by CCAAHT

  • March 21st - The 100+ Year Ride Listening to Champaign County Radio by Mike Haile

  • April 18th - The Eastern Illinois League in Champaign County by Bob Sampson

  • May 16th - Celebrating a Milestone with the Urbana Seminary by Pearce Durst

  • June 20th - Discovering an Unincorporated Community: Myra Station by Will Best

  • July 18th - History of UIUC Homecoming by Ryan Ross, Historian / U of I Alumni Alliance

  • August 15th - The History of the Mt. Vernon UMC: Celebrating their 150th Anniversary by Dan Sherman

  • September 19th - The Krebiozen Hoax: How a Mysterious Cancer Drug Shook Organized Medicine by Matthew Enrlich

  • October 17th - History of Champaign County Fires by Jeremy Mitchell

  • November 21st - William Springer: The Political Life of a Local Congressman by Janey Schmidt

  • December 19th - John Gregory's University Art Museum 150th Anniversary by Ian Wang


2023 History Talks​​

2022 History Talks

2021 History Talks

2019 History Talks

2018 History Talks

2017 History Talks


Past History Talks

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