Posted in American Countryside Michigan

A Shipwreck That Still Influences Today

Each November 10th, the bell here in Whitefish Point will chime 29 times for the crew that died aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Forty years later,…

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Posted in American Countryside Michigan

The Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald

It’s a mystery that is now 40 years old…a mystery that lives on through a song that tells the story of a grand ship and…

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Posted in American Countryside Michigan

A Dangerous Place for Ships

If you come here to the shores of Lake Superior in the summer, you are likely to find lovely waters and a picturesque setting.  Come…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

A Variety Show In The Basement of City Hall

It had a inauspicious beginning.  A variety show held in the basement of city hall that attracted a couple dozen patrons seated in metal folding…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

The Baldknobbers

They were called the Baldknobbers – a group of vigilantes that roamed the Ozarks dispensing justice as they saw fit.  The group still exists but…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

One of the Biggest Stars in Country Music

Today we visit with one of the biggest stars in country music – Kenny Chesney.  But it’s a story with a twist…and a story that…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

Making It Big Someday

Perhaps some of us have an dreams of making it big someday on stage.  That was the case for Todd, but unlike many people, he…

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Trying to Prevent a Bank Robbery

You probably have not heard of a man named Joseph Lee Haywood.  He died on September 7th, 1876 trying to prevent a bank robbery.  But…

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Posted in American Countryside Rhode Island

A Capital City for Exiles

In a sense, this capital city is a place established for exiles.  If your thoughts and ideas were too radical for the establishment, peoples from…

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Posted in American Countryside Rhode Island

Too Radical for the Time & Place

Roger Williams’ ideas were simply too radical for his time and place, and for that, he was about to be sent back to England.  That…

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Posted in American Countryside Rhode Island

The Smallest of the Fifty States

This week we are in the smallest of the fifty states, Rhode Island, for the story of the man who helped found the colony –…

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Posted in American Countryside Rhode Island

Capturing Someone’s Voice

In an age centuries before a recorder could capture someone’s voice, young Roger could accomplish the same thing by hand.  However, you know him not…

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Posted in American Countryside North Carolina

Overcoming Challenges 50 Years Later

Next week at the National FFA Convention, there will be a recognition of the 50th anniversary of two groups joining together.  However, a half century…

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Posted in American Countryside Rhode Island

The Voice That Inspired the Declaration of Independence

Over a century before the founding fathers would write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this man was expounding on the ideas those documents…

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Posted in American Countryside North Carolina

Separate and Not Equal

Separate but equal was almost always separate and NOT equal.  That was the case in agricultural education as well with two groups helping those who…

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Posted in American Countryside Virginia

The Grandest of Hotels

At one time is was the grandest of hotels in the state of Virginia.  But the wheels of time eventually forced her shutdown and all…

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Posted in American Countryside Virginia

The Cornerstone to a Large City

What’s it take to build a large city?  A railroad and nice hotel of course.  It was a winning combination for this city and we’ll…

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Remembering Grandma Saunders

My grandmother Darlene Saunders passed last week and today I’ll be a pall bearer at her funeral.  So today I honor her with this look…

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Posted in American Countryside Michigan

The Soo

Locals often simply call it “The Soo.”  Ships know the place for the locks that help move them from one great lake to another.  The…

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Watching the Ships Pass By

The ships here are moving so slowly, it’s sometime difficult to tell if they are in fact moving at all.  Yet hundreds of people will…

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