Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure, you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed when only animals and flatboats carried goods across the river.

Janine’s Journal: Write Down Your Life Stories!

During the writing process, we inevitably meet some fascinating people. Just imagine if these people, and our famous historical figures, hadn’t preserved their life stories.

The Heritage of Barns

Does any symbol represent the Midwest better than barns? From gable to gambrel roof, and monitor to salt box shape, Jon McGinty treks through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to find these disappearing landmarks.

Genuine Northwest

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Freeport Art Museum: ‘An Amazing Museum for a Town this Size’

Step inside this amazing little museum’s big collection, and discover some of the unique pieces hidden inside. See how the museum got its start, and how it’s preparing for the future.

Midway Village Unveils Tribute to Rockford Immigrants

Six years in the making, ‘Many Faces, One Nation,’ places visitors in the shoes of immigrants who have helped to build Rockford. Learn how the exhibit came about, and what startling facts its curators uncovered.

Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a sampling of some upcoming events.

The Lincoln-Tallman House: Janesville’s Gem

Built more than 150 years ago, the Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville is a landmark of historic architecture. It’s also the only surviving residence in Wisconsin where Abraham Lincoln actually slept.

Fields of Stone: What Cemeteries Teach Us

Ghost stories and goblins aside, cemeteries are a goldmine for history lovers who enjoy piecing together puzzles of the past. Jon McGinty leads you on a trek through several, profiling the most interesting inhabitants.

Stronghold Castle: An Orphan’s Tribute to Family

In 1929, Chicago newspaper magnate Walter Strong built a castle that inspired the imagination of his family for the next 30-plus years. Today, it remains a bastion of renewal and personal growth that’s enjoyed by more than 12,000 people annually.