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An Amana history

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It’s always a joy to see an Amana display, especially when it includes toys. Toys are one of those wonderful things I write about! When in Amana Colonies for the Prelude to Christmas, I stopped at the Amana Heritage Museum to see the exhibit:  A Century of Dolls and Toys at Christmastime. It was fascinating […]

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Uncovering history in Dyersville, IA

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Judy Weber is the Office Manager of the Dyersville Area Historical Society. Looking through a box, she unearthed a rare piece of Dyersville agricultural history. “We found an 1879 Moline Plow booklet,” Judy explained. The Story Currently the Dyersville Area Historical Society is set up in the Dyer-Botsford Museum House with a doll museum. The […]

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Half Century brings history

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It is easy to love the Half Century of Progress for many reasons. One reason I love it so is for the History at the Half Century. This show that celebrates farming fifty years ago happens every two years. So far, at every show, I have found something new. Each time there are historical tractors […]

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Illinois Coal Museum

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Almost everywhere you look in central Illinois you will find the story of coal. Whether you are talking the story of mine production or the story of mine strikes or worker history, there are a million stories to tell. The Illinois Coal Museum in Gillespie, Illinois shares some of these stories in their building on […]

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Classic Green Reunion -J.D. Fun

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As summer approached every trip was cancelled because the fieldwork just didn’t get done. Rain, and more rain. This was the story of farming in the Midwest in 2019. We were going to North Dakota to Medora to a wonderful Midwest Blogger event, cancelled. We were heading to a steam event at Rollag, cancelled. It […]