William's Hardware was started in 1972 by Owen Williams. Owen chose to start his business in Champaign County due to the vibrant economy and close-knit community. The store is now celebrating 50 years in business!
Doug Williams took over his father's business in 2012 and has remained the owner for the past ten years. Doug decided to keep the location of the business because of the community support and the personal and business relationships that have been built over the years. He has stated that he loves Urbana and would never leave the city.
A lot has changed in the past 50 years. Doug Williams commented, "Retail space has gone up, consumers now have multiple choices, and business is more competitive". Changing with the times and keeping an open mind has helped the store continue to thrive. The business has always stayed pliable and open to new ideas.
The event is one of two fundraisers that help support museum operations. Freshwater Farms of Ohio and the Historical Society are sponsoring this event.
Advance tickets are $20.00 each and available at the following locations: The Peoples Savings Bank, Park National Bank (Urbana), Farmers and Merchants Bank, Chamber of Commerce and at the museum. Tickets may be purchased on the evening of the event for $25.00 each.
For more information about the event and the appraisers, click here!
Dr. Kroeger sought to bring an awareness to and record the story of these historic structures. His project began with painting at least one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties and writing an essay about it. This project evolved into a book, Historic Barns of Ohio.
Continuing his work, Dr. Kroeger has offered fund raiser opportunities to historical societies in Ohio and the Champaign County Historical Society has invited him to share his barn stories and demonstrate his painting technique using palette knives and the impasto technique.
Following the demo painting, the painting will be raffled off with proceeds benefiting the CCHS.
Dr. Kroeger met with CCHS Board Trustee, Ken Wright, in January and toured Champaign County searching for old barns. From his photos taken that day, he painted thirteen Champaign County barns which were used for a 2023 Historic Barns of Champaign County calendar created by CCHS Board Trustee, Vince Gonzalez. The calendar will be unveiled at the meeting and available for purchase.
Following the program will be a book signing of Dr. Kroeger’s book, Historic Barns of Ohio and refreshments will be served.
The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge for the event and participation in the raffle is entirely voluntary.
For future CCHS events, visit www.champaigncountyhistoricalmuseum.org/events.
The program includes brief commentary and performances in the drawing room and access to exhibits about the writers in the hallway and library.
Tickets are $15 per person and $12 for MFH members. Advanced reservations are required. This program is recommended for ages 13 and older and seating is limited. Click here to purchase your tickets!
The theater will be showing Selma (PG 13) in remembrance of the Civil Rights Movement.
"Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965."
The showing is free to the public, so enjoy a night out with the family and experience the 2014 movie in fellowship with the community while remembering important history.
Locations include: Legacy Place North (located at 626 N Russell Street, Urbana), Legacy Place South (located at 725 S Main Street, Urbana), and Legacy Place Monument Square (located at 27 Monument Square, Urbana). Andrew Grimm captured the artwork done by students in the Legacy Place North building that was left behind by the builders.
Below you will find photographs taken by Andrew Grimm Photography:
On display will be a dual turntable, recently donated by Pat and Patsy Thackery to the museum, that was custom made for Hulsizer in about 1936 when he operated a club on Scioto Street. The Turntable was used again once the records were moved to 12 1/2 Monument Square when Hulsizer would entertain jazz musicians, many of whom had played on his rare recordings, a catalogue of which will be on display.
Reich and Walter will also feature photos and information about local jazz musicians such as Harry Stevens as well as various dance bands that played in Champaign County and the surrounding area.
For more information about the Champaign County Wedding Expo, click here!
Below, you can see images that were taken by the CCPA before the professional photographs are ready for viewing!
Information from Champaign Aviation Museum.
Brigadier-General Paul Cooper (retired), will discuss the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' formal entry into World War II the next day.
What led up to the attack? Why were we surprised? What was our defensive strategy? What was the Japanese attack plan? What type of aircraft did each side have? What were the results of the attack? The presentation will answer many of these questions.
When you support The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum, your tax-deductible gift helps preserve and bring history to the lives of children, students, and the whole community!
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