Preparing New Plants for the Cicada Summer
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
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3M ago
With all the buzz about the periodical cicada emergence this summer, many are wondering if they need to protect their plants at home ..read more
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Valentine’s Day and Courtship on an 1890s Farm
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Wayne Hill
1y ago
Valentine's Day had already gained popularity with American school children by the early 1880s, and many of the traditions from the time we still hold true today ..read more
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Among the Leaves So Green: Victorian Holiday Traditions
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Emaly Allison
1y ago
Many of the holiday traditions we follow today have come from around the world as emigrants moved to the U.S. or were created here during the 19th century as part of an ever-growing fascination with the winter season and its holidays. These traditions we hold onto so dearly were once brand-new and quite expensive for the average person during the latter part of the 19th century ..read more
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1890s Holiday Candy Making
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Wayne Hill
1y ago
Candy confections were a sweet part of historic holiday farm life. In 1895, both the Sears and Roebuck Co. and Montgomery Ward Co. catalogs had candy departments where families could purchase the supplies to make their heirloom candy recipes ..read more
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Pop, Pop, Pop, Popcorn!
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
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1y ago
Popcorn is an American story and is the world’s first cultivated corn. Corn planted in the plowed prairies of the Midwestern soil of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and southern Wisconsin produced some of the tastiest popcorn in the world at the turn of the 19th century.  ..read more
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The Sweet Story of Honey Bees
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Jennifer Rydzewski
2y ago
Honeybees are arguably the most well-known pollinator, but did you know that honeybees are not even native to North America? Apis mellifera, the domesticated European honey bee, originated in Europe but is now common around the world — and for good reason. These hardworking bees are the only insect to create a product used by humans — honey. How sweet is that ..read more
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Hidden History of the East Farm Barn
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Wayne Zaininger
2y ago
Looking at the east side of St. James Farm today, visitors might not fully appreciate the transformation it has gone through over the years. Let’s turn back the clock to the early 1900s, when this locale was a private family farm, to get a better view of its past ..read more
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A Moment for Millipedes
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Jennifer Rydzewski
2y ago
The next time you hit the trails at a DuPage forest preserve, keep an eye out for the North American millipede, Narceus americanus, also called the “iron worm” for its armored appearance ..read more
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Celebrate the Sounds of Summer
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
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2y ago
Composting at home is one of the easiest ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and your garden ..read more
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Hidden History of the Baker House
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
by Keith McClow
2y ago
It’s hard to fathom the connections a little old house on St. Charles Road has to the history of DuPage County, Illinois and the nation ..read more
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