The Stagecoach Era

It lasted only a few decades, but this period in the mid-1800s had a significant impact on our region, as settlements were linked, mail was managed and groundwork was laid for future transportation systems.

Franklin Grove: History & Beauty on the Lincoln Hwy.

Located on the nation’s earliest transcontinental highway, this quaint hamlet delivers a combination of history, natural landscapes and relaxing retreats.

Janine’s Journal: Hamilton!

History has its eyes on our managing editor, Janine Pumilia, as she travels to New York to see Broadway’s “Hamilton.” See the story of our newborn nation through her perspective.

John Heyl Vincent: Founder of the Chautauqua Movement

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.

Smart Living Weekly – September 16, 2015

  World War II Days! Right in Our Region: Rockford will welcome some 1,200 re-enactors from across the nation on Sept. 26-27 for World War II Days at Midway Village…
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Ethnic Heritage Museum Showcases Our Roots

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.

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.

Know Your Neighbors: Tom Hauff

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.

Country Church/City Church

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.

Northwest Quiz: Illinois and the Civil War

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.