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Saved Jewish Artifacts

The movie, “Monuments Men,” details the race by Allied forces to save precious Jewish artifacts from destruction by the Nazis.  That story played out in…

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A Museum Dedicated to Jewish Survivors

In 1976 a group led by Frank Collin wanted to march in the city of Skokie, Illinois.  The event drew national attention and multiple court…

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A Journey to the US Ahead of the War

Today we know the atrocities committed against Jews at the hands of the Nazis.  However, in the years leading up to World War II, and…

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The Night of Broken Glass

It is a night that Henry Straus will never forget.  November 9th, 1938.  It’s today known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”  Today we go…

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A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany

We resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a country where the Nazis were…

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Growing Up Jewish in Germany

From his earliest memories, Henry Straus remembers discrimination. As a young Jewish boy living in a German city, his family faced laws that stripped them…

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Recruiting Students for Careers in Agriculture

If you were recruiting students for careers in agriculture, a large city might be the last place you’d think to make your pitch.  However this man believes…

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An Unlikely Choice for FFA President

Twenty years ago a the Future Farmers of America made an unlikely choice for their national president…for his years were spent far from any working farm… SharePrintEmail

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The Largest of Indian Mounds

We’ve probably all heard of Indian mounds scattered throughout parts of North America.  Here just east of present day St. Louis was the largest of those mounds. …

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The Largest City

Before there was a United States of America, this was the largest city within it’s modern boundaries.  In fact, it’s size still marvels those who consider its…

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Developing the Self Scouring Plow

Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one.  Yet his name is synonymous with the equipment used in agriculture… SharePrintEmail

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That Will Be a Half-Cent, Mr. President

Toll roads have been around as long as the nation.  Today those tolls are often paid on multi-lane turnpikes, often with just the flash of…

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The Cannon That Fired Too Soon

When you’re in  Pittsfield, Illinois, enjoy the chance to drive around the city and listen to stories on your car radio.  They aren’t any ordinary…

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A Frequent Visitor

Today we say hello to out listeners on WBBA in Pittsfield, Illinois.  Listeners there know that just over a century and a half ago, there…

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6 St. Louis Spots History Lovers Shouldn’t Miss

A lot of visitors to St. Louis may catch a Cardinals game, take in the world-class zoo, or ride to the top of the St….

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New Philadelphia

Today it is difficult to find much of the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois.  However, the town’s place in the nation’s history will always be…

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The Old Log Cabin Inn

When you operate a restaurant that features a talking crow and airplane rides, you will certainly stand out compared to most eateries.  Add in the…

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A Unique Hall of Fame

There are many Halls of Fame across this nation.  Most will display items related to those enshrined.  This one is a bit unique, because when…

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The Pontiac Wagon

Today we take a look at a very old Pontiac wagon.  No, we’re not talking about a station wagon, but rather an 1800s wagon…the type…

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A Car Named for Oakland County, Michigan

If I were to tell you that there is a car named for Oakland County, Michigan you’d probably not recognize any of the models.  However,…

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