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The Field of Dreams and Five Other Movie Pilgrimages You Can Make

Whenever I’m traveling and people find out where I’m from, 90 percent of the time, the reaction is, “Iowa! Have you been to the Field of Dreams?” I’m a little embarrassed to say the answer is no, I’ve never set foot in Dyersville. But thanks to the purchase that was made earlier this week, I [...]

Is the Yellow Brick Road in Peekskill?

When L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, could the yellow brick road have been inspired by a road in Peekskill, New York? City historian John Curran thinks so, and has done the research. Baum attended Peekskill Military Academy in 1868, when he was 12 years old. He did not enjoy the experience. Mr. [...]

Why Chicago Should Be Called Phoenix

In honor of our upcoming field trip to Chicago, we’re going to be posting some Chicago-centric stories. If you live in that part of the country, we’d love to meet you this weekend! by Christopher Zara This is the heroic tale of skyscrapers rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, and how they inspired change [...]

The Quick 9: Nine Wicked Facts

I’m, oh, five years behind the rest of the world, but I finally saw Wicked. It was, as promised, awesome. Even my husband liked it (although he still wonders why they have to sing everything). I was so taken with it I had to come home and do a little research on its background – [...]