iBi - February 2016

by Brian "Fox" Ellis

This historic artifact, rediscovered in a box at the Smithsonian, holds within it an array of fascinating tales.  

The Old Drive-In Theatre

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

Consider this era of Instagram and Snapchat, and ask: Will important stories and photographs someday evaporate, never to be seen by the next generation? 

Fortuitous & Fruitful Finds

The Pettengill Collection
by Barbara Meyn
Photos courtesy of the Peoria Historical Society Pettengill Collection

A cross-country search uncovers new details about the family of one of early Peoria’s most prominent citizens.

The Peoria Mystique

A Hometown Story
by Barbara Mantz Drake

As the nation changed, Peoria was always an influence on the work of Betty Friedan.

Memoirs of a Unique District

A Conversation with Ray LaHood and Frank Mackaman

iBi sat down with Mackaman and LaHood to discuss their new book, LaHood’s political career, the mission of the Dirksen Center, and more.

Buildings of Significance

The Historic Markers Program
by Jim Bateman and Tim Hartneck
Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation

What’s with those buildings that have an oval marker on them that says “CILF”? 







Presidential Visits

A Countdown

Once considered a bellwether of heartland politics, Peoria has hosted numerous presidential visits over the years. And the top 10 presidential visits to the River City are…

In Living Color

A courtroom in Beardstown where Abraham Lincoln once practiced law was recently captured in 3D for digital preservation.

Also in this Issue...

Moving to the Warehouse District... Resources for Research... The Buzz About Beekeeping... CEO Kryptonite... A Restless Life (And Death)...