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Letters to the Future

Letters to the Future is a commissioned project by the City of Champaign, IL for its 150th anniversary celebration.  The city hired Illinois Public Media to teach youth to create a multimedia presentation featuring pioneering residents of Champaign talking about what Champaign was like back in the day, what they think it will be like in 2060 and advice they have for future residents.  The youth-produced piece will be shown at the Sesquicentennial's closing ceremony in Spring of 2011 and archived here.


July 01, 2011

The End of Letters to the Future

Sonie Toe

Today was my last day as a producer for the Letters to the Future Project,

although the slide show was done a week ago and the team distributed copies of the slide show. (It's also on the website here: 😜 

I had a lot of work to still get done and I'm a little sad to say it's going to be my last day. But I'll be back in about a month. It sure were a long six months this project was. But a had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, and my knowledge grew along the way. 

ciao :shut: 

June 30, 2011

John and Sylvia Make A Difference

by Sonie Toe

Sylvia and John

Sylvia came to Champaign to attend the U of I. She didn't think to stay until she met John. They married and went on with dedicating their lives to helping out the community in the many ways they knew. Come join as Sylvia tells the story of how empty tomb came to be. 

June 27, 2011

Pioneers 150th Celebration

Kimberlie Kranich

Letters to the Future is an audio slide show created with the help of people all over Champaign, IL to celebrate Champaign's 150th Anniversary. Come join the fun as you listen to 10 pioneers about the past and speak to the future residents of Champaign, and what they look forward to.

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