Season 11 - 2013
1101 - Feb. 1; Re-airs May 17
Season 11 opens with a preview of the places co-hosts Lori Casey and Kate Pleasant will go and the people they will meet. From Atlanta, Ill., to Crawfordsville, Ind., we’ll look at all of this season’s upcoming adventures!
1102 - Feb. 8; Re-airs May 24
Grab your time machine and ride along as we visit Atlanta, Illinois, then and now for this episode! The small town is making big waves on the Old Route 66 circuit as they have returned most of their downtown to its heyday glory. We’ll look back at what they were up to in 2004 and how things have progressed today. Then it’s off to Perrysville, Indiana, for a visit to the Skinner Farm where buildings in danger of being torn down find new homes.
1103 - Feb. 15; Re-airs June 21
Crawfordsville, Indiana, is the home for this episode. Visit the Ropkey Armor Museum for a look at tanks, boats and more military memorabilia with their own special history. Then stop in at the Rotary Jail Museum, the only museum of its kind with a cell block that still spins! We’ll also take a look at some of the other sights and sounds of Crawfordsville.
1104 - Feb. 22; Re-airs June 28
Did you hear that little tune? That’s the sound of a musical episode of Heartland Highways! This week we’ll meet Charlie Hughes and learn more about his renaissance musical instrument collection. Then, Mark Rubel shares his not-only-fun-to –look-at-but-also-fun-to-play, guitar collection. We also revisit the Highway 341 Café in Wallace, Indiana, for some good ole country music.
1105 - March 1; Re-airs July 5
Three people with three very different interests make up this episode. First, Bruce Hannon has a craft that not many people can do. He repairs and restores clocks. Next, the Ballards collect soda memorabilia. They’re not brand specific, so they have all kinds! See if you can spot one you’ve never heard of. Finally, Sid Justice works on gunstocks in the basement workshop of his home. He’ll share his craft with us.
1106 - March 8; Re-airs July 12
In this episode of Heartland Highways, we’ll meet the Walldogs. No, they’re not animals, but a group of artists that meet up in various locations to paint murals aimed at boosting beauty and tourism in small towns. We met up with them in Arcola, Illinois. We’ll stay in Arcola for our next story which features the Lawn Rangers. You won’t want to miss a story about these parade enthusiasts whose motto is, “You’re only young once, but you can always be immature.” We close the episode with a nostalgic look back at the history of baseball in Mattoon, Ill.
1107 - March 22; Re-airs July 19
This week we invite you on a tour! First it’s a tour of the Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter loved to travel the world. During their travels they collected many world and cultural items that we’ll share with you in this story. Staying in Springfield, the next tour is to Edwards Place, the oldest home in Springfield still on its original foundation. The home also has ties to Abraham Lincoln. Finally, we’ll revisit the historic and scenic covered bridges of Parke County, Indiana.
1108 - March 29; Re-airs July 26
Talented women comprise the theme to this episode! The famous Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, visited Mattoon, Illinois, this year and the crew was able to sit down and learn more about their story of turning necessity in to world-renown art. Our next talented woman is Deb Fell. We’ll revist her story all about art quilts. Finally, Pat Macklin from Shelbyville, Illinois, makes unique and functional pieces like cheese trays, home décor and more out of liquor bottles using a process called slumping.
1109 - April 5; Re-airs Aug. 2
Two unique talents and an actual working collection come together for this week’s show. Jeff Boshart, Eastern Illinois University’s sculpture professor, starts off the show sharing his unique talent and work. Then we visit with Brian Poulter, another EIU has has travelled the national road by motorcycle and chronicled it all through photos using nothing more than a smart phone and a few apps. Our last story takes us to rural Paris, Ill., to Chester Higginbotham’s farm. Chester has a collection of tractors that aren’t just for admiring. He still uses them on his farm!
1110 - April 12; Re-airs Aug. 9
Welcome to the show on this episode of Heartland Highways! First we’re off to meet ArtCo, an acting company formed by community members in Tuscola, Ill. Then it’s down to our home base at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where we learn more about the EIU Building Memories exhibit. The exhibit features research, photos and artifacts about what creates a collective memory for people who have come and gone at Eastern. And finally, we’ll revisit the Myers Dinner Theater in Hindsboro, Ind.
1111 - April 19; Re-airs Aug. 16
An eclectic collection of stories comes together for the 11th episode of the 11th season of Heartland Highways. First it’s off to Palestine, Ill., to meet the Fort LaMotte Rangers and learn more about the history of the fort itself and the people that called it home. Then, West Salem, Ill., is home to the only Moravian Church in Illinois. We’ll share it’s rich history with you. And finally, Heartland Highways visits the Clark-Landsbaum Holly Arboretum in Terre Haute, Ind. The arboretum includes over 400 hollies and is one of only just 21 official holly arboretums in the world.
Heartland Highways Favorites - April 26
Don’t miss this special event coming to WEIU! It’s not easy to pick “just a few” when you’ve had 11 seasons worth of wonderful people and places to choose from, but the Heartland Highways ladies have done it! Tune in Friday, April 26, for a one-of-a-kind compilation show including several of the favorite and well-known stories from Lori and Kate’s travels around Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. They’ll take you back to the Vermillion River, re-visit the Allis Chalmers Museum and cover many more places and people they’ve met over the seasons. Tune in to see if your favorite made the show and then do you part by becoming the newest member of WEIU to help support Heartland Highways and shows just like it!
1112 - May 3; Re-airs Aug. 23
Heartland Highways spreads out across the region in this episode. The first stop is to Effingham, Ill., where we visit the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. Through the effort of concerned citizens and volunteers, the county’s courthouse building is being preserved and made into a museum with artifacts and the community’s history on display. The next stop takes the crew to Marshall, Ill., to meet Dan Crews. Dan collects memorabilia, literature and much more from World War II. He has a passion not only for collecting items but more importantly the stories of the people who fought in the war. And for our last story we meet a group of young men called The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps who travel and compete against other groups just like them. We’ll learn more about their stories and traditions on this episode.
1113 - May 10; Re-airs Aug. 30
Season 11 wraps up with the Illinois State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, talent from the Doudna Fine Arts Center Stage at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., and a second look at the Lilly House in Indianapolis. First, we meet the guys of the ISHPA who keep a classic game fresh by playing often and even hosting tournaments throughout the state. Then, we’ll bring talent from the Doudna stage to Heartland Highways with Jack Frieberger. Jack’s one-man show, They Call Me Mister Fry, a true story, performed by what is today, a 10-year teaching veteran, who recounts his first year teaching in the Los Angeles school district. We end the season with a look back at the Lilly House and Gardens in Indianapolis. The Lilly House and Gardens is a 26-acre historic estate and house museum located on the Indianapolis Museum of Art campus.