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Season 10 - 2012

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1001 - Feb. 3, 2012

Season 10 opens with a preview of the places co-hosts Lori Casey and Kate Pleasant will go and the people they will meet. From beekeepers to the Civil Air Patrol, it's a comprehensive look at the season that you won't want to miss!

1002 - Feb. 10, 2012

This week it's all about art! First, the City of Effingham, Illinois, is changing perspectives on art with a unique downtown sculpture tour. Then it's off to Eastern Illinois University to learn more about High Art, a unique aerial arts group based out of Portland, Oregon. The show ends with a trip to the Sullivan, Illinois, Factory Art Studios. We'll meet John McDevitt and his fellow artists who have turned the second story of a working factory into a one-of-a-kind art experience.

1003 - Feb. 17, 2012

For most people, buttons are just a part of our clothing, but for those who collect them, they are a passion. We'll meet Maude Hartman, one of these passionate collectors, as well as Delilah Davis, a studio button artist from Charleston, Illinois. The episode closes out with another type of collector. Sue Trimble from Robinson, Illinois, shared her expansive doll collection with Heartland Highways.

1004 - Feb. 24, 2012

It's time to get hands-on for this episode of Heartland Highways! We meet David Griffin a metals and mixed media artist who creates unique jewelry and art using a variety of techniques and technology. Then, Larkfield Glass near Paris, Illinois, takes the stage to show us how their beautiful glass art is made. And the last story in this episode features Jerry Rhoads, a wood turner who specializes in creating bowls mostly from recycled wood.

1005 - March 23, 2012

What do Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they were all U.S. Presidents, they were also land surveyors! We'll learn all about that and more at the National Museum of Surveying in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Next, we'll meet Chet Turner from Neoga, Illinois. He's the only person who commercially builds the Y-Flyer sailboat. And in Sadorus, Illinois, the crew visits the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History.

1006 - March 30, 2012

In this episode of Heartland Highways, we'll visit two museums and an art center. First it's off to the Douglas County Museum in Tuscola, Illinois, where unique and rotating local exhibits have been featured for over 25 years. Then, The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, Illinois, offers a cultural connection to the Illinois land. For the last story, Mt. Vernon, Illinois', Cedarhurst Center for the Arts offers year-round visual and performing arts for people of all ages to appreciate.

1007 - April 6, 2012

This week we invite you to take in a little theater! In fact, this episode is all about three theaters in different phases of restoration. First, Harlan Hall in Marshall, Illinois, is a renovated facility that's been turned into a community center. Next is The Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois. This facility, which is nearing completion, holds a long a varied arts history and thanks to some help from the city it's getting a new life. Finally, the Fischer Theatre in Danville, Illinois, has been in the process of restoration for over a decade, but thanks to a persistent group of volunteers, they are confident that "she will shine again."

1008 - April 13, 2012

Care to take a tour? How about three!? In this episode of Heartland Highways, Lori Casey and Kate Pleasant will take you on a tour of the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center, the Lake Shelbyville Dam and the Eastern Illinois University Renewable Energy Center. The first stop to the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center showcases the brand new facility put up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The building houses live exhibits, special programs and ever-changing displays; not to mention a great view of the lake! Then, we'll take a tour of the dam that helped create the lake. And this episode concludes with a look at the EIU Renewable Energy Center, a one-of-a-kind facility where we'll get the inside scoop courtesy of EIU President Dr. William Perry and WEIU General Manager Jack Neal.

1009 April 20, 2012

Dreaming big would probably be the theme of this show. We'll meet Bob Holmes first. He's building the world's largest privately-owned telescope! Then, Heartland Highways visits Jerry McRoberts of Charleston, Illinois. Jerry has a big collection of model trains and railroads. It's so big, it fills up one room of his home! And finally, what started out as a small group of bicycle enthusiasts interested in a new sport, turned into the Decatur Bike Polo group. Tune in to see how big their games are now!

1010 - April 27, 2012

For this episode, Heartland Highways spends some time in Decatur, Illinois. The first stop is to the Millikin Place near Millikin University. This unique neighborhood features one home credited to Frank Lloyd Wright and several others inspired by it. With lots of history and a unique look, it's a place like few others. And as you're driving into Millikin Place, you can't help but notice the James Millikin Homestead. Built in the 1870s, the university's founder built his home that has now served many purposes. Just down the block from the Millikin House is the Governor Oglesby Mansion. Built in 1874, the mansion features many original details which have been carefully restored back to the time when the Oglesby's made it their home.

1011 - May 4, 2012

Get ready because we're headed outdoors this week on Heartland Highways! First we see what's buzzing with the Central Illinois Beekeepers Association. See how this interesting hobby is making a comeback! Then, the Washington Park Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Illinois, offers 20 acres of colorful views. For the last story, we take another look at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois. This 8,000-acre park draws visitors year-round.

1012 - May 11, 2012

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an airborne episode of Heartland Highways! This week the crew first takes a look at the Air Combat Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The museum houses the collection of Mike George. All of the planes are combat veterans and can still fly! Then we fly off to Missouri, in Maryland Heights where a facility dedicated to the golden age of aviation showcases restored planes. Finally, Heartland Highways lands at the Coles County Airport near Mattoon, Illinois, where they met up with the Civil Air Patrol. We'll spend some time with the Johnson Flight Encampment which has been teaching aviation to young people by teaching them to fly gliders, balloons, and powered aircraft.

1013 - May 18, 2012

Season 10 wraps up with an old fashioned soda fountain, a botanical garden and an archaeology group. Roger Miller's Soda Fountain, complete with cars, memorabilia and vintage signs, made for a refreshing stop along the Heartland Highways near Greenup, Illinois. The Missouri Botanical Gardens are one of the top three such gardens in the world and we'll take you on a tour! And our final story of the season finds the crew meeting up with a volunteer group of archaeologists in Crawford County, Illinois. Find out what they're digging up!