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day in Shelbyville

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It was a visit to the Shelbyville Memorial Sunken Gardens that brought me to Shelbyville, Illinois. But there is a lot that would bring me back! After reading all there is to see and do, you too may want to spend a day in Shelbyville. I made two trips to this lovely little town. The […]

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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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Fun on Route 66 & Beyond

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Sometimes it is fun just to take off and turn a duty trip into a fun one. It was my husband Keith’s birthday and we had an oil change in Collinsville, Illinois, after that we were as they say on American Pickers, freewheeling! Keith wanted Barbecue so we did what I always advise travelers to […]

D-Day exhibit

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) has a new D-Day exhibit honoring the 75th D-Day Anniversary. The exhibit is titled, “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II.” The D-Day exhibit opened on June 6, 2019. I had the honor of viewing the exhibit which is built around the audio […]

Sears Homes

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There was a day when you could order literally anything from the Sears catalog, and I mean anything! In fact, you could even order a house. The town of Carlinville, Illinois, boasts the largest existing contiguous collection of Sears Homes. After some research I learned from the blog Sears Home.org that Elgin, Illinois is home […]