July 2020

Staley Museum

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois before moving to Pawnee, Decatur and A.E. Staley was always something I knew. Soybeans were just part of life in central Illinois. The growing, the processing and the knowledge that they helped make the world go round were paramount to life in this neck of the woods. Visiting the Staley […]

Hieonymus Mueller Museum

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While visiting Decatur, Illinois last week, one of the stops that Annie Jansen and I made was the amazing Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Anyone will like this museum. It tells the family story and the manufacturing outline of Hieronymus Mueller and his company. The doors are a piece of art welcoming you in. And, if there […]

Touring - James Millikin Homestead!

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James and Anna Millikin built a beautiful Italianate mansion. We toured the lovely James Millikin Homestead in Decatur, Illinois. Douglas Warren guided the tour for my friend Annie Jansen and I this past week. He was a fascinating guide, with a great story about a marvelous house! James Millikin “James Millikin was born in 1827,” […]

Bible Grove

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Last weekend Keith and I met our friends Kent and Jane Elliott. We came to Bible Grove, Illinois for a tractor show. This offered two momentous occasions during this Pandemic. One, meeting up with friends! Two, going to a tractor show! Bible Grove the town! The name of the town Bible Grove is fascinating. A […]

Illinois Amish Heritage Center

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A day in Arthur, Illinois is always something to celebrate. Last Tuesday my husband, Keith and I headed for Eastern Illinois. Our destination was the Illinois Amish Heritage Center. We both love to see any type of farm history preservation so we jumped when we had a chance to see this living history center that […]