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Johnny Appleseed Tree ~

On Tuesday, October 16, 2017 Trisha Haislar, Sarah Wilkerson, Bill Iseminger, and Lavadna Hines planted the Johnny Appleseed Tree. Bring your own shovel; you might be put to work. Once the hole has been dug, the tree is placed within it. It's time to fill the hole. Johnny Appleseed Tree is looking good. Time to pat the dirt around the tree. Photos courtesy of Lavadna Hines. Thank you, Mary Sue Schusky for acquiring the tree for the D.D. Collins House! A Dedication Ceremony will be held in the very near future. Click image to visit our Johnny Appleseed Tree page.

Learning About Life in the Mid-1800s ~

On Saturday, October 13, 2017 the Girl Scouts visited the D.D. Collins House. They learned quite a bit about life in the mid-1800s. Thank you for visiting; we're so glad you did!

Scout Troop 1093 At It Again! ~

Trisha Haislar and Sarah Wilkerson catch Scout Troop 1093 digging around during the 2017 Autumn Garden Work Day . . . Oh my, what have they done? Click the photo for the picture show! Click the wheelbarrow to see more . . .

In Our Kitchen Sits a Chair ~

Not much about it do we know; but the mark remains from the hands that made it so. Silas P. Tuthill lived not far from here . . . and journeyed to a small village, just to make a chair. Oh no, not just one, as you will learn, for from it his living he did earn. Be brave and sure, if you dare; and gain a bit of knowledge about our chair. Click the image for the rest of the story . . .

Gather the Pears, Take Care with Squash ~

Today we step into our Almanac time machine and travel seventy-eight years ahead to 1918. Yes, we are going to explore the pages of The Old Farmer's Almanac dated October 1918 to ponder sage words and learn about the concerns of the gardeners of the time. Enjoy! "A purple bloom is creeping o'er the ash ~ Dull wine against the day, While dusky cedars wear a crimson sash Of woodbine's kindled spray." ~ John Burroughs Excerpt from The Old Farmer's Almanac October 1918 Click image to see a PDF you can zoom as large as you desire. By 1918 people were realizing the nutritional value of nuts and the importance of the nut harvest. They had a growing concern for the diminishing chestnut production i

Friendship, Perfection, Knowledge ~

Hello, avid readers of past wisdom and predictions 1840's style ~ Today we jump twenty-two years forward in our Almanac time machine to experience the Illinois Farmers Almanac October 1840. Sage words hold true to this day. FRIENDSHIP ~ True friendship is like sound health the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. ~ Excerpt from October The Illinois Farmer's Almanac 1840 Click image to see a PDF you can zoom as large as you desire. You may notice that cool evenings were predicted to begin on October 3rd and frosty mornings on October 11th. October 25th predicted "hoarse distant thunder," and Indian summer on October 29th. "Diligence and Perseverance are the keys of knowledge." More

2017 CHS Homecoming is Special ~

Proud of their City and eager to head to Homecoming, they stand before the Collinsville Sign at Collins Park. This group of Freshman students chose to gather at the Collins House for a photo op. The Freshman students are all smiles as they pose for pictures at the Collins House. Photos courtesy of Kim Collins Thank you for visiting; we are so glad you did!

Awaken Your Gratitude ~

Hello, avid readers of past wisdom and predictions 1840's style ~ Today we step a bit further back in our Almanac time machine to experience that which was of import in 1818. Yes! That's right, we have at our dispose, the sage words and wisdom of The Old Farmer's Almanac from October 1818. "The goodly show of summer's pass'd away, No more we hear the cheerful warbler's lay; Each fruitful field made desolate by frost, And floral beauties in oblivion lost." ~ Excerpt from October The Old Farmer's Almanac 1818 Click image to see a PDF you can zoom as large as you desire. In 1818 gardening, farming and harvest were of utmost importance for human survival throughout the year and especially in th

September Field Trip ~

During the month of September, Dana Larson’s 8th grade advanced Social Studies class from the Collinsville Middle School visited the historic D.D. Collins House. Thank you for visiting; we are so glad you did! The Social Studies class learns about the unique details of typical Greek Revival style architecture, popular from 1825-1860. Photo courtesy of Sarah Wilkerson Trisha Haislar talks about the vegetable gardens at the Collins House and the crops that would have been grown in the mid-1800s. Photo courtesy of Sarah Wilkerson Trisha talks about the broom corn that is almost ready to be harvested and explains how the corn tassels were used to make brooms for sweeping up dirt and debris. Phot

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