J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve

The J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve, 14400 S. Bluff consists of 112.5 acres. Named for a local resident who left a bequest to the Natural Land Institute, this property was transferred to the Forest Preserves in 2002.  Situated on the Rock River,  The preserve includes 10 acres of dry prairie. Botanist Dr. Egbert Fell, author of “Flora of Winnebago County,” identified the dry prairie. He was the father of George B. Fell, founder of the Natural Land Institute.

Source: Rockford Register Star, April 12, 2019

Stronghold Castle


“A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle,” Northwest Quarterly, Cabin Fever, 2019, vol. 16, no.1. William A. Strong, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, purchased 360 acres and built Stronghold Castle in 1928-1929.  Mr. Strong died in May 1931. In 1962, after Mrs. Strong died, the Presbytery of Blackhawk of PC (USA) bought the property. The murals in the castle were painted by Russian artist Nicholas Kaissakoff. One of the most popular events is the Olde English Faire, held the first full weekend in October.

Music on the Rock at Burpee Natural History Museum – 2018, Bun E. Carlos

Source:  Market Street Press, June 18

June 13:      Bun E. Carlos

June 20:      Howlin’ Brothers

June 27:      Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers

July 11:       Nashville-based string band American blues and blue-grass, Kevin Gordon

July 18:       Sam Llanas, American singer and acoustic guitarist

VIP reserved chair seating $15 ;  lawn seating free to the public




“College Given 5-Acre Wooded River Tract” – 1947 article

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 5/4/1947 p. 1

Time to smile and cheer, Waterfront is finally here – 9/1/2011 editorial

Source: Rockford Register Star 9/2/2011


“Good Fellowship Club, Hess Store, Has Picnic Tonight” – 1922

Source:  Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, July 20, 1922

Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2011 – Table of Contents

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2011, Vol. 8, No. 1