30th Annual Autumn Pioneer Festival

Discover an annual festival that transports visitors back to the mid-1800s, as they learn about our region’s earliest settlers.

SwedishAmerican Hospital Celebrates a Century of People Helping People

What started with a dollar and a commitment to serving the Rockford community has evolved into a modern, innovative institution. Discover how this health system is reflecting on a century of service.

The Civil War: When They Marched to the Sound of the Guns

No battles were fought on Illinois or Wisconsin soil during the bloody Civil War, but many thousands of families in our region lost loved ones. Jon McGinty traces the journey of local soldiers on the sesquicentennial anniversary of our nation’s bloodiest war.

The Voyageurs: Paddlers, Traders, Explorers of Wilderness

Dubbed by some historians as “the Teamsters of their time,” the French Canadian voyageurs made an incredible impact on the New World. Learn about these rugged men who paddled, portaged, traded and mapped our region.

Northwest Quiz

Test your knowledge of local history and events by taking our quiz.

Starved Rock State Park: If Canyons Could Talk

A crown jewel among its peers, Starved Rock State Park celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. Learn more about this land’s 10,000 years of human history and the efforts to preserve it for the future.

Genuine Northwest

Check out these exciting destinations that are genuinely Northwest.

Tinker Swiss Cottage

Historic Swiss-style home in Rockford.
(815) 964-2424
www.tinkercottage.com

Local Ties to the Underground Railroad

It was neither under the ground nor a real railroad, but its participants helped thousands of black slaves in America to escape from bondage. Writer and photographer Jon McGinty travels to local stops along the escape route.

The Deep Hometown Roots of An American President

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities.