The museum will be open during the festival, allowing guests to see the rich history of Champaign County. Admission is $3.00, with proceeds going toward the museum. Make sure to come out Sunday October 2nd from 10-4 and support the legacy of Champaign County.
From that point, Marcia Bailey, former director of the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP), along with the city began to work with True inspection Servis (TIS) and Orbis to redevelop the existing building and sell the remaining parcels.
All of that hard work has come to fruition in the past few weeks as we saw the Grand Opening of the Community Health and Wellness Partners new facility in the old building and Orbis officially became the owners of the remaining parcels. At the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to a tour of the new facility. They had pictures of various locations that depicted what the original building looked like. A testament to hard work and dedication, and seeing the potential beyond the current reality, the new Johnson's building stands as a shining example of not judging a book, or a city, by its cover.
As a special treat, Schmidt’s Restaurant from German Village, Columbus will be offering Bahama Mammas, knockwurst, German bologna, German potato salad, kraut, sweet red cabbage, pork or chicken brats and their famous jumbo cream puffs! If you have not had one, you do not know what you are missing! Heavenly! (FULL SCHMIDT'S MENU AVAILABLE HERE.)
No OktoberFest is complete without beer – and we will have a beer trailer offering a variety of your favorites!
Delicious food, live entertainment, and an admission price of only $3.00 – what could be better? Mark your calendar and don’t miss this day of fun for the whole family!
OktoberFest is the largest fundraiser for the Historical Society and the proceeds fund over half of each year's operating budget.
Generations of residents grew up running to Carmazzi’s to get candy before seeing a movie (Don’t tell the Gloria) or an after-school treat. Now under new ownership, Carmazzi’s continues to be the go-to place for all your sweet tooth needs.
Unlike many cities, Urbana’s rich history makes it a unique city to visit. Whether it be taking a walking tour to see the beautiful homes on Scioto Street, or visiting the grave site of Simon Kenton, Urbana is a treasure trove for history buffs. Many of the buildings and businesses you see downtown today are original. Not many cities can say that anymore. Urbana and Champaign County have a vibrant future because of our storied past. You can find more information about our rich history at the Champaign County Historical Society Museum.
Tickets are required and are available, online, at the Museum, or local banks.
Tickets are $10.00 per person and reservations close out August. 23, 2022.
No tickets will be available the day of the event!
See you at the “Picnic on the Lawn”!
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.