Ghosts of the Past Haunt Tinker Swiss Cottage


Disembodied footsteps, a rocking chair that moves on its own, and phantom figures would be enough to spook anyone. For Steve Litteral, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, however, it’s just another day on the job. Located at 411 Kent St. in Rockford, Illinois, Tinker Swiss Cottage is rich in local history […]

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The Strange Drowning of Cora Belle

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By Kathi Kresol Cora Belle Addams was 18 years old when she died in 1886 and even though Cora died so long ago, she became very real to me. We all have met girls like Cora: vain, self – absorbed, spoiled. At least that was the impression the newspaper described her. But that wasn’t the […]

Interview with Steve Litteral, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage


Steve Litteral is a native of Rockford, Illinois and he is currently the Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. He spent two enlistments in the US Army as an airborne infantryman (paratrooper) until he started his academic career in 2000. Currently, Steve has earned an A.A., B.A. in history, and an M.A. in military […]

Spotlight: Rockford College


Rockford College is steeped in history. It was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary and changed its name in 1892, but remained a predominately female academy until 1958. Jane Addams graduated from the school in 1881. In 1964 the campus was moved from its home along the river to its present location along State […]

Head 2 Head: Coronado Theater vs. Peck Cemetery


Locations: Coronado Theater in Rockford versus Peck Cemetery in Oakley Township. Histories: The Coronado is a historic, 2,400 seat theater. It was designed by architect Frederick J. Klein, cost $1.5 million to build, and opened on October 9, 1927. Some have speculated that the theater was built on an American Indian burial ground because of […]


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