Centennial Celebration! 100 Years of The Samuel T. Busey Library

Date: July 7, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Please join us for the Centennial Celebration of the Library's landmark building, which opened to the public in July 1918.

It was designed by Joseph W. Royer, with a $35,000 gift from Mary E. Busey, as a memorial to her husband, Samuel T. Busey.


  • Special exhibits - “Mary E. Busey’s Gift: A Centennial Celebration of The Samuel T. Busey Library” McFarlane-Hood Reading Room; 1st and 2nd Floor Exhibit Cases
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Games and activities from the early 1900s Co-sponsored by the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lewis Auditorium All ages welcome!
  • 1:30 p.m. – Live music with the local Dixieland sextet Carl Johnson and the New Orleans Jazz Machine Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 2:30 p.m. - Remarks by special guests Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 2:30 p.m. - Alderman Dennis Roberts will read a proclamation from the City of Urbana
  • 3:00 p.m. – Enjoy cake and specialty drinks from the Cafe (while supplies last) Busey Mills Reading Room
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Presentation by author Brian Adams, “A Library Building Second to None: A History of Urbana’s Samuel T. Busey Library” Lewis Auditorium

For more on the history of The Urbana Free Library, go to our flickr page.

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Created on: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 16:53
- Author: BridgetB