history & heritage

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana

In 1909, Robert Peary and Frederick Cook each began a trip to be the first to the North Pole. The results have generated controversy for more than a century. This talk will trace the history of their rivalry and the story of their journeys. This free event is sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center, funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant. For further information, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or ewatkins@illinois.edu.

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

This is the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild annual Show and Sale! Patrons can expect a variety of the highest quality handmade goods including handspun yarn, woven, knitting and crocheted garments, needle and wet felted garments and sculptures, handwoven baskets, dyed textiles and much more. The sale includes demonstration activities in additional to the sale of guild members’ work each fall. A small percentage of the profit goes to the guild in order to fund future programs. This years Show and Sale will take place:

Friday, Nov. 6, 4 to 9 p.m.

and

Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church
700 West Kirby Avenue
Champaign

http://centralillinoisfiberguild.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/421823128025552/

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 3:00pm
Spurlock Museum

These events are organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the Spurlock Museum. Visit www.archaeological.org/societies/ centralillinoisurbana or contact Jane Goldberg at jgoldber@illinois.edu for more information. All lectures are located in the Knight Auditorium.

Free admission.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30pm
Spurlock Museum

These events are organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the Spurlock Museum. Visit www.archaeological.org/societies/ centralillinoisurbana or contact Jane Goldberg at jgoldber@illinois.edu for more information. All lectures are located in the Knight Auditorium.

Free admission.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Spurlock Museum

On Wednesdays from September 30 through October 28, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon. A donation of $2 per family member is requested for each visit.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

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. This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Suggested donation: $5.

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Spurlock Museum

Join the Museum staff for gallery explorations and a talk by UIUC Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies Anna Westerståhl Stenport.
Free admission.

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

In 1913, the University of Illinois co-sponsored a scientific expedition to Northern Greenland. Presented a century later, archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples. Open during Museum Hours: Tuesday, noon – 5 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, noon – 4 pm; closed Monday.

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

After one visit to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. If you're like most museum visitors, you also want to TOUCH THE STUFF. Through a U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative grant, the Spurlock Museum has been able to compile new sets of cultural loan kits that can be borrowed for educational use and distribute them throughout Illinois. One set is housed at the Museum. There are 6 boxes to the kit sets, covering ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Mesopotamia, China, and India, as well as a box that contains a smattering from each. All the boxes contain cultural artifacts (modern authentic and ancient replica), DVDs, game/activity materials, and a binder with lesson plans, artifact information sheets, and other informational materials. The kits are created for ages 9 through adult, but instructors of younger children may also find them of interest.

The Museum is holding two free workshops on Friday, July 24--one from 9AM to noon and one from 2 to 5 PM--for teachers, librarians, home school parents, scout leaders, and other educators who would be interested in learning about the materials and getting hands-on experience in some of the games and activities. Illinois K-12 educators attending the workshop are eligible to receive 3 ISBE-approved Professional Development Hours (PDH). Seating for the workshops is limited; pre-registration is required.

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

After one visit to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. If you're like most museum visitors, you also want to TOUCH THE STUFF. Through a U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative grant, the Spurlock Museum has been able to compile new sets of cultural loan kits that can be borrowed for educational use and distribute them throughout Illinois. One set is housed at the Museum. There are 6 boxes to the kit sets, covering ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Mesopotamia, China, and India, as well as a box that contains a smattering from each. All the boxes contain cultural artifacts (modern authentic and ancient replica), DVDs, game/activity materials, and a binder with lesson plans, artifact information sheets, and other informational materials. The kits are created for ages 9 through adult, but instructors of younger children may also find them of interest.

The Museum is holding two free workshops on Friday, July 24--one from 9AM to noon and one from 2 to 5 PM--for teachers, librarians, home school parents, scout leaders, and other educators who would be interested in learning about the materials and getting hands-on experience in some of the games and activities. Illinois K-12 educators attending the workshop are eligible to receive 3 ISBE-approved Professional Development Hours (PDH). Seating for the workshops is limited; pre-registration is required.

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