About Us

There’s this sense that people are not getting their fair share compared to people in the cities. They feel like their communities are dying and they perceive that all the stuff–the young people, the money, the livelihood is going somewhere and it’s going to the cities.¨ –University of Wisconsin political scientist Katherine Cramer on what she perceives is happening in rural America.

Welcome to Forgottonia, a high school classroom project that seeks to honor our rich history of rural America and examine the social problems we currently face. This project is produced by students and teachers at Cuba H.S. located in Fulton County, 1 of 16 rural counties in the western part of the state. Our title, Forgottonia, refers to a tongue-in-cheek movement in the 1970s (for more info check out our podcast episode here and other links below).  

While several students, teachers and community members collaborate to create content for our project, there are a few key contributors you should know.

joseph-brewer*Joe Brewer – Mr. Brewer is the social science and history teacher at Cuba High School.  In his spare Mr. Brewer enjoys reading, coaching, and spending time with his wife and sons.


1Y02092*LeAnn Postin – Mrs. Postin is the English teacher, yearbook sponsor, and newspaper advisor at Cuba High School.  She contributes in a variety of ways to the content and layout of our Forgottonia Project.  In her spare time she loves to read, spend time with family, and is an outstanding hunter.


jaleel-white-steve-urkel*Lucas Plotts – Lucas is a senior at Cuba High School who serves as our chief media specialist and creative designer.  Lucas is a talented young man who teaches his teachers how to better utilize technology.  He spends lots of hours recording and editing episodes of Forgottonia as well as contributing to our content.  Lucas is also an exceptional DJ authoring his own unique style of music.



Tiffany Seifert – Tiffany is a student at Spoon River College majoring in psychology who helps co-host various podcast episodes.  In her spare time Tiffany enjoys pizza rolls and watching Law and Order SVU.



Avonlea Strait – Avonlea is a senior at Cuba High School who also helps co-host various podcast episodes.  Avonlea loves to drink tea, sleep in, and keep school busses waiting.





Kaylann Beekman – Kaylann is a sophomore at Cuba High School who helps co-host various podcast episodes.  Kaylann enjoys juice boxes.




Jessica Brewer – Mrs. Brewer is the art teacher at Cuba High School who designed our tremendous logo.

Further Information about Forgottonia and Promoting Healthy Values in Youth

Neil Gamm and the Forgottonia story was once featured on the History Channel show “How the States Got Their Shape.” Watch the segment from this episode on YouTube.


Detailed account of history and highways in Forgottonia on Alchetron.com
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Here is a link to an excellent article from the Peoria Journal Star on January 1, 2011 shortly after Neil Gamm passed away – “Gone but Not Forgotten.”
No way! In case you didn’t believe us, Forgottonia really does have its own Wikipedia page.



Great blog post by Doug Peterson entitled “Remembering Our 51st State.”



Link to Screen-Free Week presented by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

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