Three Presidents in One Place

It’s hard to imagine a U.S. president taking time to check into a hotel, sign their name to the registration card, complete with their home address.  That’s exactly what happened in this small town…THREE times…

Linking Two Ends of the Nation

Today interstate highways provide the roads for multistate trips, but when this country was founded, any road at all was quite a feat.  But there was always the idea that trail of some sort should link the two ends of the nation and it was this road that resulted…

The City of Porches

Some say this small Midwestern town has the look of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  When you drive down Main Street you’ll see what people mean and today we will tell you why it has had that appearance for over a century…

A Two Story Outhouse

You may be tempted to believe this small building in central Illinois is just a gimmick devised for people to stop and take a look.  However, dig a little deeper and you’ll find a piece of history that’s over a century old, and a piece of technology quite imaginative for its time…

The Postville Courthouse

Americans regard him as one of their most beloved presidents…a man that pulled a nation together as civil war tore it apart.  When you look at the life and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln, one should make a stop here…to a simple courthouse that may have laid the foundation for an American hero…

An Unexpected Boom

Just south of Interstate 70 in southeast Illinois, you may begin to see some unusual sights popping up and down in corn and soybean fields.  This is the industry that brought an unexpected boom here over a century ago…

More Profitable Than Farmland

There was a time when the farmers of southeastern Illinois found something far more profitable on their land than corn or livestock.  In fact, the money to be made was so lucrative, many simply quite farming and built a big house in town…

Composing Music for Walt Disney

You’ve most likely never heard his name, but you’ve likely heard his music.  His family tried to dissuade him from majoring in music, but it turned out this small town musician hit it big with a new movie company…

The Small Town that Served 1.5 Million Troops

Many people like to be patriotic and support our troops.  This small town went well above and beyond, helping over 1.5 million soldiers all with volunteer labor and food…

Discovering Pluto

He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his ashes were sent to that speck of light he discovered way back in 1930…

Super Slurper & Much More!

It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more folks don’t realize it was developed in what seems a most unlikely place…

The Moldy Cantaloupe that Saved the World

You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed help save thousands of lives…

The Race For A Cure

Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corp was traveling worldwide looking to help find a wonder drug that could save thousands of lives…

The Race to Develop Penicillin

You may have heard of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin back in the 1920s.  However, most folks don’t know the important role agricultural scientists played in bringing us that miracle cure…

The Miracle in Short Supply

It was a miracle drug.  Penicillin.  However Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was far from an immediate success as the world’s supply could be used up on just one patient.

Where Did That Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Over the holidays many of us will have a piece of Pumpkin pie.  When you eat that dessert, you might give a brief tip of the cap to one Midwestern town, because there’s a very good chance that pumpkin was grown here…

Changing the Way They Farmed

During the 1980s many farmers were forced to change the way they farmed.  The financial conditions of the decade made a lasting effect on many.  One such farm is just east of Peoria, and the changes the family made are ones that have brought success today…

More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

AMC_Brazil2016We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to AmericanCountryside.com and listen to each feature…

Lives In Jeopardy

AMC_Brazil2016As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps.  For the three members of the Straus family, each of their lives was very much in jeopardy…

Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

AMC_Brazil2016The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That was the case for Judy Straus…