Historical Travel

Museums, historical sites, historic figures

Riverfront Musuem

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This summer is all about grandma time.  With my two grandchildren soon to reach double digits at eight (soon to be nine) and seven (to be eight in December) I am grasping the summer months like a drowning sailor.  We are taking weekly trips to fun spots in central Illinois.  Last week, the Riverfront Museum […]

Eureka Springs

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The entire two and a half square miles of downtown of Eureka Springs is on the National Historic Register.  I traveled to Eureka Springs on a hosted trip along with my friend Rose Hammit and a group of travel writers that are part of the North American Travel Journalists Association.  When we drove into town […]

Kinney Pioneer Musseum

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Museum Director Kay Ingersol literally guided us by phone to the Kinney Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa.  At first we  had trouble finding our way.  After arriving she took us on a whirlwind tour.  The Kinney Pioneer Museum was perhaps the most amazing find of our hosted trip to Mason City, Iowa.  […]

art and sculpture.

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Mason City, also called “River City” has an amazing array of art and sculptures on parade and they encourage the public to choose their favorite and vote on it!  River City Sculptures on Parade is a non-profit group and they are in a partnership with SculptureOne. This partnership has programs like this that exist in […]

The Magic of the Music Man in Mason City Iowa

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My friend Sara Broers of Travels With Sara, had told me that her home town of Mason City Iowa was the birthplace of Meredith Willson, the composer, musician and playwright of the famous of play the Music Man.  I knew that in Mason City there was a museum, and that the Meredith Willson’s home was […]