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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

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Chic Sale: Urbana's Leading Man
Presented by Perry Morris
June 16, 2022 - 7:00 PM
In-Person at the Champaign County History Museum

Join us for our monthly "History Talk" series.  This month, our resident theater historian and Museum Vice President Perry Morris introduces us to Chick Sale.  Chic was born in Urbana in 1885, the son of Frank and Lillie Belle Sale.  He grew to be a comedian and actor on the vaudeville stage before landing major roles in Holleywood.  Perry will recount his upbringing in Urbana and focus on many of his leading roles on the vaudeville stage and the silver screen.

2022 History Talks

  • May 19 - Life of Abel Harwood by Azaan Qureshi (CCHM Intern)  (on Zoom) 

  • June 16 - Chic Sale: Urbana's Leading Man by  Perry Morris (CCHM Vice President)

  • July 21 - DAR Lincoln Circuit Markers (at Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavillion Rm C)

  • August 18 - Virginia Sale: Urbana's Hollywood Starlet by  Perry Morris (CCHM Vice President)

  • September 15 -  International Student Experience at UI by Yingying Han & Ian Wang

  • October 20 -  Orphan Trains by Tammy Wilson (on Zoom)



Past History Talks