The Busey Family: Contributions Made
to the Development of the City of
Summer Fellowship 2009
you go to a new community, what in the community tells you about its
history? Students will be looking at a
Essential Questions/Enduring Understanding:
· Where does one look to find information about the history of one’s community?
· How are people remembered in their community decades or even centuries later?
· What are the differences between primary and secondary sources?
· It is hoped that after the completion of the unit all students will realize the vast amount of information available that could be used for further exploration of the history of their city.
Assessments: Class contributions to discussions and readings are a large part of this unit’s assessment. Worksheets will help guide the students to understanding. A final summary questionnaire will be handed out to each student where his or her thoughts and memories will be assessed.
Setting the Purpose: The purpose of the set of lessons is two fold. The first purpose is to get a better sense of their community through one family, the Busey family. Secondly, it is hoped that students will get an understanding that there is a fair amount of information to be uncovered about their community and that these are within their reach. This unit is intended to reach 4-8 grade students.
Duration: The entire unit will take 10-13 days. Many parts within a lesson could be deleted to shorten.
Students will look at a Champaign-Urbana map and focus on the street names of a
Students will look at current photos of a city street sign, a cemetery statue, business marquees, school marquee, university dormitory marquee, a cemetery, a golf course, and a preservation wooded area. They will discuss what might be a common thread with all these locations.
Primary and secondary sources a discussion, Busey Bank founders, and the Busey family tree are the topics in this lesson.
Students will read and understand the reasons why Busey
Woods has remained a wooded preservation park in
Memorial Stadium, Charles Bowen Busey are
linked. Students will learn the reason
The Busey family contributed Urbana Country Club and
A wrap up: another look at the map and photographs viewed in lesson 2 and discussion on what they have learned so far. They will write down their thoughts on a worksheet.
Further investigations, optional: Additional sources are provided if the students and
teacher feel they would like to continue with more locations that are some how
related to the Busey family. Included are:
List of Materials and Resources: Materials and resources, including annotations, are listed at the end of the lessons
Areas yet to be explored/optional
At this point students will have realized how much the Busey family has contributed to the Champaign Urbana community. They should also realize that much more about them and their contributions could be researched. Students may not realize that Mr. Fox, of Fox Dr. named after him and builder of the industrial park on Fox Dr., may be considered today what the Busey family was in the past. The Robeson’s came after the Busey’s and before Mr. Fox.
People like Carrie Busey, named for an elementary school, may have a direct tie to the Busey lineage.
mansions, mostly built in
Urbana Free library is situated on what was Busey land.
Hall is an all women’s dormitory on the
A side topic, but quite
interesting, is the growth of the city of
A courthouse and a jail are buildings needed to regulate law and order in a community.
If genealogy is something the students are very interested in then students can look at the genealogy of the Busey’s as far back as the mid 1700’s
Groups could do the following topics separately where each group would present their findings to the class. Conversely, this could be done whole class.
Hand out the
newspaper article on the naming of
Ask: Have other
schools been named after important community people? Take a look at the names
· What mansions remain today? How many Busey mansions existed at the say 1900, or 1950?
Looking at the
floor plan of the Bowen Busey mansion (see
How have the
· Hand out First Log Cabin Built in Sadorus in 1824.
Where would one
go to continue the exploration of the history courthouse for
· Urbana Free Library is located on Busey land.
· How can we find out how the Library became situated in this lot?
· Busey Hall also known as Busey-Evans (renamed after the addition) has what connection with the Busey family?
To look at the
past generations of Busey’s in the
· Have students build a much bigger and comprehensive genealogy given the data they worked on in lessons 3 and 5.