From the Decatur Celebration and the Farm Progress Show to the storied ferris wheels of Jacksonville; from Lincoln's footsteps in Springfield and New Salem to the historic barns of the Macomb area; from the river heritage of Quincy and Hannibal to the bounty of the richest farmland on earth, Mark McDonald takes us through a Central Illinois we thought we knew.
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This Week On Illinois Stories
March April 24-May 4
Prairie Life Decatur -- This story shows how the “haves” and have-nots” lived in the Decatur of the 1850s as we tour a prairie farm house and city mansion.
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 PM
ALPLM Exhibit: Unfinished Work -- This new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum features unseen items from Lincoln’s personal and business life.
Monday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Versailles -- This Brown County community preserves the past in its historical park that includes log cabins, a blacksmith forge and museum.
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 PM
Bloomington Cheese Factory -- This dairy farm saw a market for local cheeses and moved a modular self-contained cheese factory onto their property.
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 1, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 PM
Villa Maria -- This retreat center on Lake Springfield has a fascinating history as a seminary and summer camp. Former students relive it with us.
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 1, 4:00 PM
Monday, May 2, 6:30 PM
Madonna House -- Since 1988 this institution has been providing shelter and stability for young pregnant women and mothers whose families need shelter and life skills.
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 29, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 PM