This Amana Colonies historian spent over 33 years at the helm of a small Iowa Museum. It was time well spent.
On Wednesdays, when Shirley Springer’s dad shut the door of the drugstore in Garwin, Iowa, the best part of the week was about to begin.
For farmers like Howard McDonough, memory packs every acre and outbuilding.
Where's the prairie? Is it an untouched remnant? A farm landscape? A freshly mowed suburban yard? Our correspondent says "yes."
The artist's recent images were influenced by the gradual transformation of the prairie by settlements and agriculture.
An appreciation for Richard Fyffe, Librarian of Grinnell College, who died untimely from ALS in November 2015
A conversation between Rootstalk editor Emma Thomasch and residents of the Mayflower retirement community.
Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
Historian Dan Kaiser found a landmark building in American industrial architecture in his small Iowa town.
When things change, do they always change for the better? See what you think after reading this memoir of a one-room Missouri schoolhouse.
A young writer fresh out of college; a Nebraska horse farm; a wild-west show reunion. A memoir by Dan Weeks.
The Medicine Rock is believed by the Native peoples of the Dakotas to be of magical, medicinal value.
This fiction writer took prairie graveyards as her inspiration in these short pieces.
In this feature, a respected Drake University biologist traces the eons through which the prairie region's plantforms evolved.
Though a closeted gay man during a less tolerant time, in the 1920s, Ralph Lorenzo Warner helped preserve a more gracious Midwest era.
On any given outing on the prairie, you might just turn over an artifact from the country's indigenous past. Or maybe not...
Our first contributor from Canada tells how a piece of prairie history was preserved in northern Alberta.
The ability to read and write is far from a simple matter, as Wisconsin scholar Deborah Brandt explains in this interview.
Musician, journalist, educator with a 40-year career in the arts--our contributor has folded together multiple extraordinary lives.
The one-room schoolhouse is a symbol of rural education that's swiftly becoming just a memory, as this writer poignantly reminds us.
This retired teacher decided to build his replica of the famous Transcendentalist's retreat on his acreage in Minnesota.
This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
By any measure, Dartanyan Brown has had a remarkable life. In this issue, we run the second of three parts of his story.