John Wayne Museum honors Winterset, Iowa, native

Most people recognize him as the “Duke.” For folks around Winterset, Iowa, has was Marion. Marion Morrison was born in the central Iowa community in 1907. His family lived in rural Iowa until 1914, when the family moved to California. His father was a pharmacist and sought a better opportunity out west. Morrison excelled at […]

Black History Month: Learning about our Midwestern neighbors

It continues to amaze me how many people of significance come from the Midwest. As we travel around our 12-state region, I learn more than I ever could have in school about this area. I recall learning about George Washington Carver as a kid in school, and his role with studying the peanut. Little did […]

Falling for Bridges of Madison County & Handmade Scarf Giveaway

The first time we visited the Bridges of Madison County in 2000 was actually a last minute decision.  We and our friends Mark and Ron  went to the Nebraska Husker game at Iowa State Cyclones in Ames the first weekend of October.  The day of the game should have been around 54 degrees (average). Instead, we froze at […]

Did you say FREE? Smithsonian Museum Day Live 2014

Interested in visiting a museum for free this Saturday, Sept. 27th? Museums across the Midwest (and across the country) are opening their doors to the public for free as part of Smithsonian Museum Day, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institutions.  Check out for more details on getting your free ticket for a museum near you. […]

Winterset, IA- More than just Bridges of Madison County

Winterset, Iowa. Home of the Bridges of Madison County. You know, the movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The movie, based on the book “The Bridges of Madison County,” was about a professor who develops a short-lived affair with a local farm wife. The movie was filmed in the area. But, Winterset is more […]

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