Season 1 - 2003
In the premier episode of Heartland Highways, we'll take you to Cameo Vineyards in Greenup, IL. This relatively new winery is the result of hard work and dedication of owners Dan and Sonya Webb. Then, it's off to Springfield, IL to visit a unique museum that some might find a little odd, The Museum of Funeral Customs! Finally, The Thomas Monahan Company in Arcola, IL is the world's largest manufacturer of wooden and metal handles for the mop and broom industry. We'll tour that factory to see how these everyday products are made.
This week Heartland Highways takes you to the Greenup, IL covered bridge. This project was a huge undertaking that draws a lot of attention and traffic. We'll talk to two individuals who were part of the planning and construction process. Don Smith of Charleston, IL loves scary movies. Over the years, his collection of horror movie memorabilia has become famous. When was the last time you rode a Ferris wheel or the Scrambler at the local county fair? We'll take you to Eli Bridge Company in Jacksonville, IL where these favorite carnival rides are manufactured.
This week it is off to Decatur, IL to visit the Mueller Museum. Hieronymus Mueller was an inventor of a variety of things including the water-tapping machine that is still in use today. This museum showcases the many contributions of the Mueller family and The Mueller Company. Then, Heartland Highways introduces Rob Stone, an artist who is dedicated to preserving art of traditional weaving. The town of Moonshine, IL probably isn't on the map, but if you like burgers you'll know where to find it. We'll stop for lunch to see how this former general store becomes the busiest place around when Helen Tuttle fires up the grill.
Car hood ornaments are a thing of the past that would almost be forgotten if not for Lynn Huntsburger. His mission is to collect one hood ornament from every U.S. made automobile. We'll take a look at his collection and learn more about this piece of American history. In Rantoul, IL we'll tour the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum to see their collection of aviation history. Finally, Heartland Highways takes you Oakland Noodle; a family run business in the small community of Oakland, IL.
This week Heartland Highways visits Mari Herb Farm in Decatur, IL. Mary Beth King always had an appreciation for all things natural and she loves to share her knowledge and passion with the public. In Palestine, IL a group of dedicated volunteers is working to restore a piece of community history, the David Fife Opera House. From his studio in rural Charleston, IL metal smith Joe Spoon creates one-of-a-kind serving pieces from brass and copper. His work is sold all over the country and has been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
This week Heartland Highways travels to St. Louis, MO, the home of the Anheuser Busch. We'll get a personal tour of the company from the brew master peter Kraemer. Bill Cress of Godfrey, IL has a basement full of Anheuser Busch memorabilia. We'll talk to him and take a look at his collection. Artist Marianne Malone of Urbana, IL has found a niche market for her art. She captures the heart of spirit of the beloved family pet in her paintings. We'll find out how she started in the business of her pet portrait painting.
Millikin University in Decatur, IL is the home of the Birks Museum. For china lovers, this is a must see destination. The museum houses the collection of Florence and Jenna Birks and includes china, porcelain, and glassware from Tiffany, Belleek, and others. The Illinois Quilt Research Project was a statewide quilt registration project that recorded quilts made in Illinois from the 1790's to the 1940's. We'll talk to several people who have participated in this project. Finally, Heartland Highways travels to Monticello, IL to board a vintage train at the Monticello Railway Museum.
Completed in 1970, Lake Shelbyville was a flood control project under that direction of the Corps of Engineers. Heartland Highways looks back at the construction process of this project, which today, is one of the states most popular recreation acres. Then, we'll visit a unique museum in Teutopolis, IL. The Monastery Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the simple life of the Franciscan Monks who lived and worked there beginning in 1858.
In this episode Heartland Highways visits the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston, IL to see where this historic debate took place. Then we'll spend some time with stained glass artist Gary Worby, whose beautiful creations enhance homes and churches all over Illinois. Finally we'll travel to Highland, IL and see how organs are made from the ground up at Wick's Organ Company.
In Godfrey, Illinois sits one of the finest examples of New England Style architecture, the 1854 Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel. We'll take a tour inside. Then we'll meet a man whose passion for science was in inspiration for the building of a table, but this is no ordinary table, it's a replica of the periodic table of the elements. We'll travel to Toledo, IL and spend the afternoon with the owner of Shupe's Sawmill.
In Mattoon, IL a dedicated group of community members are working hard to save a piece of their history, the Illinois Central train depot. Then we'll spend some time with Larry Hamlin, a printmaker from Champaign, IL who will show us the unique art form. We'll also meet The Spenser's of Charleston, IL who use dried gourds as the canvas for their art.
In Hartford, IL a museum has been created to commemorate the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition. We'll learn more about the men who embarked upon this historic journey. Then we'll meet a collector whose affection for boxer Muhammad Ali and Evil Kenevil fills his basement. Then we'll see how chocolates and other treats are made by hand at Bidwell Candies in Mattoon, IL.
In the final episode of this season, we'll learn about cultures from around the world as we tour the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois. Then we'll see how gemstone rings are designed and created with the help of two skilled craftsmen. Finally we'll meet a man who can take ordinary rocks and carve them into little artistic treasures.