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Heartland Highways has been a WEIU-TV production since 2002. Over the years, we've introduced viewers to hundreds of unique people and interesting places in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

We're currently re-airing episodes of our 12th season of Heartland Highways, and you can also check out every season of the show on our YouTube channel. Also, we'd love for you to share your story ideas with us!


Season 12 Re-Airings

Episode 1208 - Aug. 1, 2014

I-L-L, I-N-I! Paul Stone of Sullivan, Illinois, starts this episode off with his extensive collection of University of Illinois memorabilia. From souvenir cups to historic pieces, he’s got it all! Then, hop on over for nostalgia at its best as we take you to the small town of Flat Rock, Illinois, for the annual frog jumping contest. The episode closes out with a look at a historic Danville theater group called the Red Mask Players that has seen actors like Dick Van Dyke and others grace its stage throughout the years.


Episode 1209 - April 11, 2014

Flowers, flowers, and more flowers are on the agenda for this show! Oh, and we’ll throw in a little bit of radio theater too! First, the crew takes an updated look at the Wesley Whiteside Gardens just outside of Charleston, Illinois. Mr. Whiteside, a former Eastern Illinois University professor, started his 5-acre garden back in 1962. The hundreds of native plants and species from all over the world are now making their transition to a research hub for EIU students. Speaking of plants, our next story is all about daylilies! The 5 Acre Daylily Farm near Tolono, Illinois, contains extensive varieties of the flower, including some cultivated by Wes Whiteside from our first story. Our final story takes us to Clark County, Illinois, where one group is on a mission to bring nostalgia to the masses via old time radio. Old Time Radio Theater performs famous radio shows just like the days of old, but with some new technology.


Episode 1210 - April 18, 2014

Some people really love their flowers and in this show we’ll meet just such a group called The Prairie Iris Society. This Central Illinois group cultivates, shares and shows their irises. They’ll tell us all about the beauties in this episode. Then it’s batter up as we take on two baseball-themed stories. First, we revisit the Danville Dans in their historic stadium. Then, Laker Stadium in Paris, Illinois, has a history in baseball, but it’s all about community effort that’s kept it going over the years.


Episode 1211 - April 25, 2014

In this episode we take a look back at a tragic event in the history of the region. The 1949 St. Anthony Hospital fire took the lives of 77 people and changed the community of Effingham. We also take a look at the history of teacher education and the development of the Normal School tradition in Illinois.


Episode 1212 - May 2, 2014

Heartland Highways has been a lot of places and in this episode we might’ve met our match. Photographer Bruce Wicks has taken pictures in over 1,000 area towns and often goes back several times to catalog how small-town America and its landscape changes. We also visit the University of Illinois Pollinatarium. Don’t know what that is? The Pollinatarium is a one-of-a-kind place dedicated to educating people about bees. Our final story has us meeting up with a group that collects what they call breweriana; or anything related to beer.


Episode 1213 - May 9, 2014

Season 12 wraps up with a show about the small town of Pontiac, Illinois. Situated on Route 66, the city is named after a Native American Chief and not the automobile, but it still plays home to the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. The city is also home to several Walldog murals and the only Walldog Mural Museum. Other points of interest include art cars, a Route 66 Museum, Livingston County War Museum and more.



For more information, email us at heartlandhighways@weiu.net or call 1-877-727-9348 during regular business hours and ask for Lori.