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. ...

The Rockford area has been settled by many an immigrant family, and their diverse backgrounds have done much to shape our city's history. Discover a local museum where those cultures and their influences are celebrated. ...

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. ...

Military roots run deep in the family of this Glenview dentist, whose ancestors died fighting in the Civil War 150 years ago. Discover how three generations of war re-enactors are connecting with history. ...

Organized religion plays a major role in the culture of our Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city. ...

Illinois played a major role in helping to ensure a Union victory during the Civil War. Test your knowledge of our region's Civil War connections. ...

It was the "Mad Men" era of martini lunches and Saturday night parties for the close-knit, highly skilled group of pilots who flew Rockford executives in the 1950s and '60s. Gail Ravitts recounts her husband's experience and the aviators he worked alongside. ...

Discover a Rockford-based business that has spent 53 years giving customers its heart and sole, in the pursuit of quality service. ...

At the dawn of the 20th century, Rockford was a booming town, driven by many Swedish immigrants, including PA Peterson. Jon McGinty explores the history of Rockford's greatest philanthropist, whose influence is still felt today. ...

Since 1870, this jewelry store has served customers from the same location, and for the past 60 years, one familiar face has served his customers faithfully. Discover what keeps this store's passionate octogenarian owner at work seven days a week. ...