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Artist Joseph Yeschek painted these pieces of Pickard china -- a vase, jardinière and sugar bowl, circa 1904. (Pickard Collectors Club photo)
Pickard China: An American Tradition

The only remaining U.S. manufacturer of fine porcelain china got its start locally nearly 117 years ago. Learn why collectors covet this fine pottery and why government officials – including the First Family – still order the company’s place settings and gifts of state.

Features: Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois
Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois

The majestic bald eagle is a common sight along the waterways of the Old Northwest Territory. Learn more about how you can find these proud symbols of our nation – right in our own backyards.

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Rockford.
A Century of Italian-American Life

Discover a Rockford-area church that’s been a sanctuary for the city’s Italian heritage, as it celebrates a proud century, and looks forward to the next.

One of the many canyons at Starved Rock State Park. (Kathy Casstevens-Jasiek photo)
Starved Rock State Park: If Canyons Could Talk

A crown jewel among its peers, Starved Rock State Park celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. Learn more about this land’s 10,000 years of human history and the efforts to preserve it for the future.

Joe Marino, aka Mr. Fourth of July, near a statue dedicated to his many years of service. (Dustin Waller photo)
Joe Marino: Spreading Holiday Joy for Nearly 50 Years

Rockford’s Fourth of July fireworks event isn’t the only celebration that bears Joe Marino’s fingerprints. For more than 50 years, he’s volunteered his time to support local traditions, from the Festival of Lights to Festa Italiana.