Most of us think of two main areas of study when it comes to homeschool history - American history and world history. Those are important subjects for students to learn about and should definitely be part of any student’s education. While studying Ancient Egypt with its pharaohs and pyramids or the American Civil War with its battles and ideologies is fascinating, sometimes it’s fun to study subjects that hit a little closer to home. Have you ever thought about studying the history of your town or region? No matter where you live that place has a history. People lived and visited there for a reason. Events took place there. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know more about those people and events? For instance, I currently live in Peoria, IL. In our study of the area, we have learned that this was once of whiskey capital of the world. Yep. From 1837 to 1919, Peoria IL had over 24 breweries and 73 distilleries. At its peak, taxes on the alcohol made in Peoria supplied nearly half of the federal government’s entire revenue. Whiskey money allowed people in Peoria to build grand houses, churches, schools, and hospitals. Whiskey grew Peoria, IL. That’s just a little bit of what we learned from our history study of the area we live it. It’s been fascinating and we’ve met so many interesting people along the way. Our study opened up ways to connect our town to events and eras in our American and even World history studies. It was intriguing to see how the part of the world that we live in every day and take for granted fits into the larger scheme of things.