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.

Smart Living Weekly – May 15, 2019

  New Summer Events at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Whether you’re interested in history, education, gardening, volunteering or just having fun with others, there’s something for you this…
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It Was ‘Only’ the Flu

Scientists call the Spanish flu of 1918 “the mother of all flu pandemics” because every pandemic since has evolved from it. Could such a pandemic happen again? Janine Pumilia explores the Spanish flu and its connections to World War I.

Northwest Quiz: Illinois by the Numbers

The Land of Lincoln officially turns 200 years old on Dec. 3, 2018. As part of a year-long celebration, see if you can answer these questions. All involve numbers.

Smart Living Weekly – June 6, 2018

  Summer Fun, Learning at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Summer is a time to get away from the routine of work and school and enter the classroom of…
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Discovering Wisconsin, One History Marker at a Time

When Melinda Roberts visited Wisconsin for the first time in 2011, she had no idea she would soon be diagnosed with colon cancer. Given two years to live, she began recording Wisconsin’s historical markers as a therapeutic project.

Indian Hill Manor: A Crossroads of History, Mystery and Two Rivers

For thousands of years, native people enjoyed the scenic juncture where the Rock and Kishwaukee rivers meet. Step inside the stately manor atop its bluffs, and see why this gentleman’s farm and has much to teach us about ourselves.

Harlem Village & The KD Line

Have you ever wondered why so many things are called “Harlem” in Loves Park — Harlem Road, Harlem School District, Harlem Township, just to name a few? The answers lie in the history of this early railroad line.

Smart Living Weekly – March 8, 2017

  The Search for Great Antiques Right in Our Region: Hunting for antiques is a cherished pastime for many Americans, including many people in our region. Though the internet has…
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Smart Living Weekly – March 1, 2017

  19th PaleoFest at Burpee Museum Right in Our Region: You’ve heard about gateway drugs, right? Well, science has gateways, too. And PaleoFest is an event that just might lead…
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