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Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand on the battlefield. (Library of Congress photo)
Allan Pinkerton: America’s First Private Eye

During the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton was creating a “Secret Service,” foiling assassination attempts and rooting out Confederate spies. Jon McGinty explains how Pinkerton found his calling in our region.

The Evolution of Toys

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.

50 Ways to Celebrate the Season

We know those Christmas movies are pretty great, but maybe it’s time to find a new tradition, one that puts you alongside your neighbors this holiday season. We found a few new classics in our region.

Mike Mastroianni: Removing Obstacles

Teacher, administrator, business owner — this dynamic Rockford leader has accomplished plenty in our region. Meet the new leader of Rock Valley College, and discover how he’s tapping his local connections.

Santa Claus is (Still) Coming to Town

Meet a 78-year-old Rockford man who’s spent almost 50 years sharing Christmas cheer with local children. He’s dressed, of course, as the one and only Santa Claus.