Champaign County History Museum Wows Crowds on Opening Day

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CHAMPAIGN — From a special dress worn by Alison Krauss to the commission for Champaign’s first postmaster, the revived Champaign County History Museum offers new ways to experience local history.

The Museum reopened at the end of April after a year’s hiatus. Hundreds of people came to the grand reopening, which featured all-new exhibits in a remodeled space at the historic Cattle Bank building on University Avenue.

“We unpacked and cataloged boxes that hadn’t seen the light of day in decades,” notes Board President T.J. Blakeman. “Now we have a better sense of what we have and what might interest people.”

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The museum nearly closed at the end of 2015 due to low membership and mounting debt. To avoid getting into the same situation, the board plans to offer more activities for children and families as well as rotate exhibits more frequently.

As a non-profit, the museum still relies on memberships to fund preservation efforts for the artifacts (such as acid-free boxes and folders) and operational costs.

The museum is also looking for donations of modern day artifacts that will someday be “history.”

To learn more about the museum or to donate time or money, log on to their web site: https://www.champaigncountyhistory.org.

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