history & heritage

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
The Art Theater Co-op (126 W Church St., Champaign IL 61820)

The Illini Swing Society and The Art Theater Co-op are hosting a one-night special screening of the new swing dance revival documentary "Alive and Kicking"! Come see what swing dance is all about, and don't forget to bring some friends!

Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE & KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society. (Susan Glatzer, 2017, US, 88 min, NR, DCP)

"It’s impossible to watch this film without a tapping toe and a smile." -The Seattle Times

"The dancers in Alive and Kicking all share a rapturous expression, and Glatzer makes the case for this Depression-era diversion as a modern tonic for isolation." -Village Voice

" ... the jaw-dropping improvisations and physical intimacy of the dancers make it an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying." -Los Angeles Times

Find the Facebook Event at: http://bit.ly/2oVLayT

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill, 61801

St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
2-4 pm
Sylvia’s Irish Inn Bed & Breakfast, 312 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.sylviasirishinn.com/
Join us for a relaxing afternoon tea at
Sylvia’s Irish Inn
Price $25.00 – This includes a glass Champaign
Punch on arrival and traditional tea sandwiches
and desserts.
Enjoy beautiful, live Celtic music
and storytelling.
Call 217-384-4800 for reservations as seating is limited

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Archives, Rm 146 Main Library, 1408 West Gregory, Urbana

University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, in collaboration with the History Department, showcases historical scholarship inspired by records found in the University of Illinois Archives.

March 2, 1868, marked the first day of class at the newly established Illinois Industrial University. Who were Illinois’ earliest students? And, how do their experiences compare to Illinois students 150 years later? Join us as Professor Gregory Behle shares his extensive research on student life in the earliest years of the University and Vice Chancellor Renee Romano reflects on Illinois student experience in 2017.

Exhibits and refreshments.

http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

This is your opportunity to learn one of the world’s oldest skills, spinning yarn. Join members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild as you learn the wonders of the drop spindle. Fee: $15 (includes the cost of the spindle and fibers). Bring a friend and save money while you double the fun. Admission for 2 is $25. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  The workshop will be held from 10 AM to noon. Contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone. The event is held from 12:30-4:00 PM.
Suggested donation: $5.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

From 1913-1917, the UIUC-cosponsored Crocker Land Expedition explored the Arctic from their base camp in Etah, Greenland, where they kept a well-stocked library. Now, one hundred years later, we are reconstructing that library from photographs and archival documents. Where did the Expedition members get their books? What did they read? What happened to the books after the Expedition? This talk provides the answers. The talk will be presented by Adam Doskey, Visiting Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois. Free admission.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Looking for a way to show your affection that won’t cost a fortune or require reservations? Join the Spurlock staff as we celebrate love around the world. Make a handmade card for your loved one, take a tour of love-related artifacts in the galleries, and listen to multicultural love stories. This event, held from 1-4 PM, is planned for an adult audience. Admission: $2 per craft.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Follow in the footsteps of Empress Hsi Ling Shi, credited in Chinese legend with the discovery of silk reeling, and learn the ancient art of how to reel thread from silk cocoons. The basics of silk reeling will be covered. Cocoons for reeling will be provided. Silk reeling equipment will be provided and will also be available for purchase. Students will go home with one spool of raw silk thread and one spool of degummed flat silk thread (suitable for embroidery). Itomakis (antique Japanese silk bobbins) will be available for purchase. Skill level of students: Beginning. Space is very limited, and pre-registration is required. Contact Kim Sheahan to reserve your place (217-244-3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu). The workshop is from 12-4 PM.

Workshop fee: $50/person (includes 80 silk cocoons, plastic spools, and degumming materials)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

This year, our Winter Tales American Indian celebration has been expanded to three events. Our featured speaker/teller is Alex Mares. With an educational background in Anthropology and Sociology, Mr. Mares has served as a Park Ranger in Texas and New Mexico for over 28 years. This service included fifteen years as Lead Ranger at the world-renowned sacred site known as Hueco Tanks. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and is a traditional Winter Storyteller. Mr. Mares is of Diné (Navajo) and Mexican-American descent.

In this presentation, Mr. Mares will inform visitors of the efforts to have Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, located near El Paso, Texas, nominated and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named for the huecos, or natural basins that collect rain water in this desert environment, the site contains over 2000 pictographs and is sacred to the native populations of the area.
Free Admission.

Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for a fun family afternoon. Admission is free. Schedule of activities:

musical instrument craft: 1:00–4:00 pm
cartoon (English): 1:30–1:40 pm and 3:00–3:10 pm
cartoon (Portuguese): 1:45–1:55 pm and 2:45–2:55 pm
Brazilian folktales: 2:00–2:20 pm
Cantigas de Roda (popular songs): 3:15–3:35 pm

The cartoon is based on the popular Brazilian comic Mônica and Friends.

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