Once the pastor of Rockford’s Court Street Methodist Church and a close friend of Robert Tinker, Vincent spurred the creation of summer schools, correspondence courses and university extension programs, not to mention “Book of the Month” clubs. ...

His poet-philosopher cousin is more famous, but this Rockford businessman had the practical sense to develop many of the city's most important industries. Discover more about this man who stood tall in our community. ...

It's not the sexiest musical instrument, but when it lets loose at high volume, a pipe organ can drown out the largest orchestra or the most raucous of rock bands. Learn how this king of instruments works and why it's endured. ...

You'll never guess what early game centered on choosing virture or ruin, as historian Gail Ravitts explains how toys evolved in the U.S., and which were made right here at home. ...

Rockford's bold entrepreneurs in the 1800s established banks, built furniture, opened factories and built a thriving economy. Gail Ravitts provides a glimpse of these local titans' grand homes. ...