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Our Pioneer Roots: Stephen and Hononegah Mack

The marriage of Stephen and Hononegah Mack led to an interesting future for the Rock River Valley. Janine Pumilia explores the Macks’ role in our region’s history and unveils how Macktown Living History keeps their stories alive.

The Lake Geneva area offers numerous options for a scenic summertime retreat, from million-dollar lakeshore mansions to quiet, secluded cottages.
How to Locate Your Summertime Escape

There are many factors to consider before purchasing or renting a vacation home. Learn what questions to ask and where the prime retreats are located in our region.

Now a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Schanes passes on her knowledge to the next generation of wig builders. She also operates CHRISTALine Studios, where part of her mission is to make free wigs for those affected by medical hair loss.
‘Wigging Out’ with Christal Schanes

Her Rockford roots played a large part in her success. Learn how this ever-evolving artist found opportunities in our region that led to winning two Emmy Awards and launching a nonprofit that helps cancer patients.

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Scandinavian Cemetery and the Swedes of Rockford

Scandinavian Cemetery contains more than 22,000 graves, with each one representing part of our region’s history. Uncover dark truths, amusing anecdotes and meaningful stories affiliated with the site.

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A Touch of the Wild: Captions & Photography by David C. Olson

Traveling through some of the wildest parts of North America, photographer David C. Olson captures elusive creatures, breathtaking landscapes and fleeting moments of natural wonder.