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Champaign County Historical Museum

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We are pleased to announce that in addition to regular museum exhibits, we are hosting a Victorian Holiday event at the Museum on December 8-9 and 15-16, from noon to 5. Come to enjoy holiday food and exhibits! The event is open to the public and admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Welcome to the website of the Champaign County Historical Museum! The Museum is located at First and University in Champaign, Illinois. We are a private, non-profit organization and our mission is to discover, collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret artifacts significant to the heritage of Champaign County, Illinois. We provide formal and informal educational programs about the County's history and the Museum's collections to interpret that history to the public.

If you wish to contact us, please write, call, or leave a message through this website.Victorian Holiday Next Month!

FEATUREDPosted on November 11, 2012 by Alice

We at the Museum have been busy with preparing a festive holiday celebration! Come in from 12-5 on December 8th, 9th, 15th, or 16th and enjoy authentic Victorian holiday decorations, a cocktail with holiday foods and drinks from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, and learn how to make your own Victorian crafts!

L-R Alice Hu, sophomore strings popcorn and Sally Pennacchi and George Pennacchi, both sophomores make Orange Pomanders at the Champaign County Historical Museum in Champaign, IL. on Saturday, December 8, 2012. University High School students were adding Victorian accents and making holiday foods of the period. The Museum is open from noon to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

As part of the Museum's mission to provide educational programs about the County's heritage and the Museum's collections, Mrs. Adele Suslick, a ninth-grade English teacher at University Laboratory High School (hereinafter referred to as Uni High) who is also a member of the CCHM Board of Trustees, proposed to her students that they learm something about museums and how they operate. When more than 20 signed up to participate, a multiphase project began to develop in January 2011. Three major phases were planned to keep the overall project from overwhelming CCHM oversight capability.

The first and most ambitious phase involved the Museum's collections. Subcategories in this phase included learning what constitutes a museum collection, how the collection is maintained and stored, how to determine what segments of the collection may be exhibited to the public, and procedures for handling the collection items. Also included was guidance on how to take down and store the items of an exhibit already on display, how to prepare for and set up a new exhibit for display, and the need for proper documentation and labeling of exhibit items.

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