Historic tour of downtown Urbana, open house at First United Methodist set Saturday

May 9—URBANA — Members of the public will have a chance to learn more about a local church and other historic sites at a special event this weekend.

First United Methodist Church of Urbana will host an open house at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, in collaboration with the University of Illinois' Cultural Heritage Studies Graduate Program and the city of Urbana's Historic Preservation Commission.

Registration is appreciated but not required, organizers said.

To register and receive updates, go to .

There will also be a walking tour of other historic landmarks prior to the open house, including the Hotel Royer (formerly the Urbana-Lincoln Hotel), Lincoln Square Mall and the Downtown Urbana Historic District.

Those who wish to take the tour should meet at at 11:55 a.m. at Urbana's Market at the Square in the Lincoln Square parking lot at the northwest corner of South Vine and East Illinois streets.

Guides will be waiting at an information table in the easternmost row at the market.

Those who wish to start the tour at the church should meet at its east door at 304 S. Race St.

Parking is available at the mall, and there are multiple bus stops nearby.

Green and Race streets both have dedicated bike lanes.

For more information, contact Kate Holiday at , church Pastor Bob Freeman at , or Marcus Ricci at 217-328-8283 or .