This year, 2011, marks the 100th year of an educational and community triumph. The Spurlock Museum located on the campus of the University of Illinois is celebrating its centennial anniversary. This full year celebration will give us more than just a glimpse into this Urbana, Illinois museum. Besides showing its vast collection of more than 40,000 objects, Spurlock Museum has also paid homage to those who have contributed to, worked at, volunteered at, and visited the museum.

This sense of community involvement is given more meaning by having actual photographs and videos displayed of the individuals who have given a piece of their time into making this museum the gem it is today. Several artifacts that have not been displayed have also made their debut. This is a special treat given that the museum only shows around 3 percent of their objects during any exhibit in order to keep them well preserved.

The history of the museum has evolved since its inauguration in 1911 by expanding its focus from western cultures into a more global approach. The Spurlock Museum now displays objects of six continents which encompass over a million years in history!

I encourage you to visit this Central Illinois museum’s exceptional exhibit and become a part of this collecting and connecting experience.

 

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