Season 2021: Season 2021

From the Decatur Celebration and the Farm Progress Show to the storied Ferris wheels of Jacksonville; from Lincoln’s footsteps in Springfield and New Salem to the historic barns of the Macomb area; from the river heritage of Quincy and Hannibal to the bounty of the richest farmland on earth, Mark McDonald takes us through a Central Illinois we thought we knew.

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Illinois Stories

Benedictine Campus Sells

A local developer buys the historic Springfield college campus and takes us on a tour.

Benedictine Campus Sells

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Illinois Stories

Old Rushville Pharmacy

Mark McDonald visits the Old Rushville Pharmacy, now the Moreland-Devitt pharmacy.

Old Rushville Pharmacy

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Illinois Stories

History Room at Decatur Library

Mark McDonald visits the History Room at the Decatur Public Library

History Room at Decatur Library

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Illinois Stories

Christian County Coal Mining Museum

The museum tells the story of the importance of the coal industry to Christian County.

Christian County Coal Mining Museum

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Illinois Stories

Lorenzo Bull House

Italianate mansion was saved 90 years ago, but a local group intends to preserve it.

Lorenzo Bull House

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Illinois Stories

The Broadgauge, Petersburg

A local man moves back home with his fortune to buy & restore one of the iconic buildings.

The Broadgauge, Petersburg

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Illinois Stories

Rushville Fitness Center

Mark McDonald visits a state of the art Fitness Center in Rushville.

Rushville Fitness Center

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Illinois Stories

Homestead Prairie Farm House

Mark McDonald visits the Homestead Prairie Farm House on the grounds.

Homestead Prairie Farm House

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Illinois Stories

ALPLM Lincoln's Desk

Mark McDonald visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum.

ALPLM Lincoln's Desk

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Illinois Stories

Jacksonville Area Museum

Mark McDonald revisits the Jacksonville Area Museum.

Jacksonville Area Museum

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Illinois Stories

Udder Hill Dairy

Mark McDonald visits a family dairy farm in Carthage.

Udder Hill Dairy

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Illinois Stories

Dana Thomas House Walking Tour

A new guide book leads history bugs on a walking tour of the Dana Thomas neighborhood.

Dana Thomas House Walking Tour

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Illinois Stories

Negro League Exhibit

The African American History Museum brings an exhibit from the Negro League Museum

Negro League Exhibit

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Illinois Stories

Gardens at John Wood Home

This historic site is adorned by the Parlor Garden, Herb Garden, & the Prairie Grass.

Gardens at John Wood Home

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Illinois Stories

Conservation Lab at ALPLM

Learn how conservators are saving the only known copy of Lincoln’s first political speech.

Conservation Lab at ALPLM

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Illinois Stories

Hoogland Reopens after Pandemic

Hoogland Center for the Arts reopens this month with a performance by Dual Pianos.

Hoogland Reopens after Pandemic

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Illinois Stories

Ace Sign Company

Mark McDonald re-visits the Ace Sign Company & Museum in Springfield.

Ace Sign Company

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Illinois Stories

GAR Museum

The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in Springfield.

GAR Museum

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Illinois Stories

Blender's Gardens

The Blender farm, northwest of Macomb, has been in the family for generations.

Blender's Gardens

Video thumbnail: Illinois Stories North Round Prairie Schoolhouse

Illinois Stories

North Round Prairie Schoolhouse

This schoolhouse was bought by a man who went to school there & is a renovated Air B & B

North Round Prairie Schoolhouse

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Illinois Stories

Lincoln Heritage Museum 2021

This history museum at Lincoln College has 2 fascinating new exhibits.

Lincoln Heritage Museum 2021

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Illinois Stories

Ev'rglo Neon Signs in Hillsboro

This sign shop has been in business since the 50’s, fixing old signs & creating new ones.

Ev'rglo Neon Signs in Hillsboro

Video thumbnail: Illinois Stories Dick Romer, Clock Collector

Illinois Stories

Dick Romer, Clock Collector

A Springfield man has a serious collection of clocks in his home workshop!

Dick Romer, Clock Collector

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Illinois Stories

Harkey House in Hillsboro

Join Mark McDonald on a tour of Harkey House in Hillsboro.

Harkey House in Hillsboro