An 8-mm color film shot in the 1940's is offering some clues about the original color of a bronze statue that is a beloved landmark at the University of Illinois.
The 84-year-old Alma Mater statue of a robed woman flanked by figures celebrating ``Learning'' and ``Labor'' is being restored. A heavy buildup of blue-green patina has disguised its original color for decades.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Wednesday... December 11th. I'm Rich Bradley
Lets look back at the Illinois State Register in 1966. Governor Otto Kerner is almost forgotten at the Annual Christmas Party. On the front page of the Register... two large photos of Santa's appearance at the party... with the governor standing in the background.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Tuesday... December 10th. I'm Rich Bradley... and on this day in 1961... the Illinois State Register reports the 124th Annual Governor's Christmas party for the children of the Springfield area will be held in the Armory on December 23rd. There is a huge decorated Christmas tree inside. The governor will attend... and plans to pass out candy to each child at the end of the event. Oh... and Santa will also make an appearance.
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 9th. I'm Rich Bradley
On this day in 1984... the Illinois Times reported the sun was shining... despite the very cold temperatures for Springfield's annual Christmas Parade. Also in Illinois Times... a history of Sears & Roebuck Company... widely known as an excellent source for holiday gift ideas. Included in the annual holiday book list were two of Vachel Lindsey's works…”Tree of Laughing Bells” and “The Poetry of Vachel Lindsey, Volume 3”
This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Saturday... December 7th. I'm Rich Bradley.
December 7, 1971... a Tuesday... and in the Illinois State Register... an ad for Christmas trees at Goldblatt's range from two and half dollars to five and a half. The live Canadian Balsams are touted as perfect for an old-fashioned Christmas. Buy today... Just say “Charge it!”
Some Pleasant Plains High School students are selling handmade Christmas items at tonight's basketball game and at the Christmas choral concert on the 16th.