History and Traditions

Through scholarship, exhibits, and public programming, the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s History and Traditions Programs foster greater understanding of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s rich heritage, the achievements of its alumni, and its contributions to world over the past 150+ years.

This web portal highlights our programs and services, including the Richmond Family Welcome Gallery at Alice Campbell Alumni Center, and provides access to University history resources created by the Alumni Association, the University Archives, the Office of Public Affairs, and other units at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Virtual History Presentations

The History and Traditions Programs are proud to offer a virtual series of entertaining and educational talks about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's first 150 years.

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Alma Mater

Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the Urbana-Champaign campus is the iconic Alma Mater statue. Crafted by... Read More


First published in 1895 as a junior class project, the Illio yearbook has served as not only a keepsake item for... Read More

Richmond Family Welcome Gallery

Where Illinois history comes alive