A Long-Established Community08/26/14
There are many reasons people came from Europe to the newly founded United States. Some came to find freedom to practice their religion.That was the case for a community established in extreme southwesternIndiana…a community that remains today…
Developing the Self Scouring Plow
Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one. Yet his name issynonymous with the equipment used in agriculture…
Burning the White House
It was an act that seemed unthinkable. Another nation’s army marchedinto the United States capital and burned its most importantgovernment buildings to the ground, with the president and othergovernment officials fleeing the advancing troops. It all...
The Most Famous Lady to Occupy the White House
Perhaps the most famous first lady to ever occupy the White House wasDolly Madison. She was known to host parties with lavish desserts,but she is also beloved for the heroism she showed in the face of theburning of Washington…
George Washington’s Influence on the White House Design
Although George Washington was the nation’s first president, he nevergot to live inside the presidential mansion that was being constructedin Washington, D.C. Our first presidents did have much influence overthe way that home and the surrounding...
The Affect of Farming on Building the White House and Capitol
It was a long and tedious process to build the U.S. Capitol and whatwe know as the White House. The hand labor, intricate carvings andmovement of materials were all time consumers. However, one of thebiggest delays in getting those buildings ready for...
The Fertile Farmland of Palmer, Alaska
When you think of fertile farmland, you perhaps think of a location with deep rich soil in the Midwest. But to find the land growing the largest vegetables in the nation, you have to travel far to the north…
A Trip to St. Genevieve, Missouri
We’ve all seen a log cabin. Such structures were the norm for many Americans early in the country’s history. But did you ever see a log cabin with the logs arranged vertically instead of horizontally? There are only a handful in the U.S?and most are...
Hot Zone Falconry
Farmers might contract with someone to spray for weeds, fertilize thesoil or harvest a crop. Some farmers even contract for a company tocome fly falcons around the field. We take flight with a unique agbusiness…
The Problem with Birds for a Crop
There are many challenges to growing a crop. Poor weather, weeds, anddisease are just a few. We often don’t think of birds as a potentialproblem, but here, the birds can destroy a crop in just minutes. What’s a farmer to do?
Some people turn up their nose at brussels sprouts. Where doartichokes fare in comparison? We head to a valley where the unusualcrop is grown…
A New Perspective on a Vegetable
Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to eat their vegetables. Now imaginethe vegetable looks like a hand grenade and people believe you canchoke when eating it. It’s a marketing challenge, but this lady willconvince you, the problems are all in your head…
Preparing for the Iditarod
Some sports not only require thousands of hours of training, they also require a hefty financial investment. For those who run Alaska’s famous Iditarod, it is a part of their life. We visit with one of the Alaska most well known mushing families…
The Rights to a Famous Cowboy Song
In the 1930s a cowboy song began to get quite a bit of air time on radio stations. But suddenly the music stopped, when one couple claimed they were the lawful owners of the song and had not been paid their royalties. What ensued was a quest to...
Home on the Range
The song, “Home of the Range,” turns 140 years old this year. Itmight not sound like a big deal, but the song and the site where itwas written have had quite an impact on our nation, and this fall there will be festivities to honor the famous lines…
A Poem Stuffed in a Book
Brewster Higley didn’t think much about the poem he’d written. Infact, he stuffed it in a book and hadn’t looked at it for over a year. But when a different set of eyes read it, they saw the potential for the verses. The rest they say, is history…
A Man and His Cabin
On the surface, the story doesn’t seem too different from othersettlers stories of the late 1800s. A man from Indiana decided tomove west and homestead a quarter section of land in Kansas. He built a cabin and fell in love with the land around him....
Over the Falls in a Barrel
Don Lokor is asked many questions about Niagara Falls. He is considered the resident historian of the national landmark. The question most asked…what about those fools who attempt to go over the falls…
A Visit to Niagra Falls
Before Yellowstone was ever made the first national park, Niagara Falls became the nation’s first state park. The thundering waters have long captivated crowds who will drive or fly hundreds of miles to come see it. The story of the falls as a tourist...
A Farmer on the Big Screen
Most farmers would not consider themselves movie stars. This Minnesota hog farmer certainly doesn’t. However, that hasn’t stopped him from fielding autograph requests and tv interviews about his time on the big screen. We met him and his role in a...
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