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John Heyl Vincent: Founder of the Chautauqua Movement

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.

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Why ‘Swedishness’ Still Matters to Rockford

As the Swedish Historical Society of Rockford celebrates its 75th anniversary, it looks to the future as well as the past. But what does ‘Swedishness’ really mean, and how is it still influencing Rockford today?

John Groh, president of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
RACVB Welcomes a New Rockford

The Rockford that John Groh knew when he grew up is a very different place today, thanks in part to efforts made by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This 1838 Mitchell Pocket Map map illustrates how the frontier grew from south to the north in Illinois. Statehood was achieved in 1818. Dixon and Oregon were founded in 1830 and 1833. Note the areas still marked simply “Sauks and Foxes” to the northeast.
Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed…
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Dorothy Paige-Turner: Truly Legendary

After 34 years of teaching music, this retired educator and active performer is keeping herself busy on the Rockford entertainment scene.