Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Open Tuesday through Friday from 9am until 4pm. Private Group Tours By Appointment. Free Admission. Rentals Available.
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As the oldest museum in Winnebago County, Veterans Memorial Hall is an exquisite space for special events and gatherings.

Mission: The mission of Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is to preserve, display, and share the artifacts of Rockford and Winnebago County veterans who served in branches of the military. Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum does this through outreach, exhibits, lectures, and other educational opportunities to visitors. We strive to be a contributing member of the redevelopment of downtown Rockford, Illinois.

Women In Military Service For America Memorial
02/03/2020

Women In Military Service For America Memorial

You may have heard of the Buffalo Soldiers, but have you heard of Cathay Williams?

She was the first Black woman to enlist in the U.S. Army and the only known woman to serve in the historic, all-Black regiment called the Buffalo Soldiers. When Williams enlisted in 1866, women were prohibited from serving in the military. Not to be deterred, Williams disguised herself as a man and enlisted under the false name of William Cathay. Like many servicewomen, she quietly defied norms to find a better life, overcoming continuous obstacles.

In celebration of Black History Month, please share Cathay Williams’ remarkable story of service and dedication!

Women At War
01/30/2020

Women At War

Betty Hoefler from Buffalo, NY, a member of the first contingent of WACs to arrive in Italy 1943 wearing her M1 helmet, overcoat, utility bag and webbing with canteen. #WAC #WWII #womenatwar

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29
01/28/2020

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29

Very cool!
01/24/2020

Very cool!

What an amazing piece of history! A photogenic place!

I'm sending a big shout out to Tamara Gaumond for including Veterans Memorial Hal in her book "100 Things to do in Rockf...
01/24/2020

I'm sending a big shout out to Tamara Gaumond for including Veterans Memorial Hal in her book "100 Things to do in Rockford before you die" !

01/14/2020

Research, research, and more research...

• Prior to 1942 women in the military could only be part of all female Nurse Corps
• 1942 - An Act to Establish the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, Public Law (PL) 77- 554
o The first WAAC training schools open.
o The Women's Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve program (officially nicknamed the "SPARs")
o The Marine Corps Women's Reserve (MCWR) was authorized by the U.S Congress
• 1943 - An Act to Establish the Women's Army Corps in the Army of the United States Public Law 78- 110
o WAAC is officially changed to the WAC.
o WAC Special Troops are deployed overseas for duty in Italy.
o Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) established.
• 1945 - The first five African-American women entered the Women's Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve (SPARs)
• 1946 - Army Chief of Staff General Dwight D. Eisenhower directs legislation to include WACs in the Regular Army and the Organized Reserve Corps.
o Congress provides re-employment rights for WAAC and WAC.
• 1947 - The Women's Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, SPARs was inactivated in July, reactivated November 1949
• 1948 - Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 becomes Public Law 80-625
o Woman Enlisted in Regular Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the recently formed Air Force.
o WACs with prior service are enlisted in the Regular Army.

Veterans' event raises more than $200K
01/10/2020
Veterans' event raises more than $200K

Veterans' event raises more than $200K

ORFORDVILLE - The love of one fallen veteran has helped give more than 230 other veterans closure and honor. S

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
12/09/2019

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Today we congratulate our friends at United Way of Rock River Valley as they celebrate 100 years of service and leadership in our community! What a humbling experience, to stand in Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum one century to the day since Rockford’s community leaders came together in the same space to establish this organization. Happy Birthday, United Way RRV! Here’s to another century of living united.

12/09/2019
Winnebago County CASA

Winnebago County CASA

Thank you to Eyewitness News for stopping by today! They interviewd Mike for their 5pm spot regarding our Open House tonight at 5:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum. Stop by today and see how you can change a child's story.

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
12/05/2019

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Today we congratulate our friends at United Way of Rock River Valley as they celebrate 100 years of service and leadership in our community! What a humbling experience, to stand in Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum one century to the day since Rockford’s community leaders came together in the same space to establish this organization. Happy Birthday, United Way RRV! Here’s to another century of living united.

Joe Tallman Illustration
11/20/2019

Joe Tallman Illustration

Poster art for Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts show next week at Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford. There will be limited edition screen prints available at the show, don't sleep on it!

Stroll on State
11/20/2019

Stroll on State

24 DAYS! – Make your way over to Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum during Stroll on State to watch the RVC Starlight Theatre perform a holiday classic, “A Christmas Story.” You can watch their FREE performance at 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. We’d also like to give a big thank you to Rock Valley College for opening up their Downtown Campus building to the Stroll on State team!

Illinois Bank & Trust

Stroll on State
11/18/2019

Stroll on State

16 DAYS! – Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum (sponsored by Iron Workers Local 498) has tons of fun for the whole family! Aside from RVC Starlight Theatre's performance of “A Christmas Story,” kids can meet and greet with all their favorite characters from Once Upon a Dream Performances and the "Royal Tea Room"! Princesses, superheroes and magical holiday guests will delight your family and create lasting memories.👸🦸‍♂️ Don't forget to bring your camera for pictures! 📸

Illinois Bank & Trust

Stroll on State
11/14/2019

Stroll on State

16 DAYS! – Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum (sponsored by Iron Workers Local 498) has tons of fun for the whole family! Aside from RVC Starlight Theatre's performance of “A Christmas Story,” kids can meet and greet with all their favorite characters from Once Upon a Dream Performances and the "Royal Tea Room"! Princesses, superheroes and magical holiday guests will delight your family and create lasting memories.👸🦸‍♂️ Don't forget to bring your camera for pictures! 📸

Illinois Bank & Trust

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum has crafted our very own Challenge coin. Whats that you say?? Come for a visit and lea...
11/12/2019

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum has crafted our very own Challenge coin. Whats that you say?? Come for a visit and learn the history behind the Challenge Coin.

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29
11/09/2019

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29

The first time DAV members ever gave the little, blue 'Forget-Me-Not' to the public was on February 24, 1926. The first Forget-Me-Not Drive was held to raise funds to support DAV services and assistance desperately needed by veterans disabled in World War I.

The DAV wasn't the first veterans' organization to support some of its humanitarian work through the sale of artificial flowers. Actually, the DAV was picking up on the idea that later became an international tradition now shared by veterans' groups in more than 50 countries.

The idea behind the 'Forget-Me-Not' flower grew out of an image carried home from the First World War in the memories of soldiers who had seen spring flowers growing among the graves of comrades and allies killed in the fighting.

The scene, with its promise of new life following the sacrifices of so many, was immortalized in the poem "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, thus capturing the hearts of people yearning for peace.

The flower soon became the accepted symbol for commemorating those who had fallen in war. This small flower says, "Please, don't forget me" for those who had come home as well as for those who had given their lives.

It's an appropriate symbol to remind us continually of the service and sacrifice that make our way of life possible. This symbol of living history is a legacy that continues to serve veterans of all eras today as it did in the aftermath of World War I.

This symbol of remembrance has been the staple of Chapter-level fundraising efforts, which provides assistance to your local heroes. Your support of our mission honors our heroes and makes our grassroots service initiatives possible.

The public responds well to Forget-Me-Not drives because it believes in the DAV and knows our organization has consistently been there to assist all disabled veterans and their families. The American people trust you to spend every penny they donate in our drive wisely for the good of disabled veterans who need the DAV's help.

Thank you for your remembrance and for helping us fulfill our promises to the men and women who served.

10/21/2019
In the Dark Paranormal Investigations

In the Dark Paranormal Investigations

So as we are setting up we caught something and we recieved an intelligent response. Stay tuned to see what else we catch

In the Dark Paranormal Investigations
10/21/2019

In the Dark Paranormal Investigations

Tonight our investigation takes place at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford. This building is a major historical site. A referendum was passed in 1900 to provide funds for the erection of a building to honor all servicemen. It was dedicated on June 3rd, 1903 by Teddy Roosevelt. It once held a Veterans Club in which many veterans frequented. One such veteran is said to still frequent the building. Keep an eye on our page for more photos and videos of our night

10/21/2019
We Love our boys in blue, and the spot they chose for this awsome photo!
10/18/2019

We Love our boys in blue, and the spot they chose for this awsome photo!

BIG NEWS! The Rockford Police K-9 Unit has been nominated to receive a national grant through Aftermath Cares. The #AftermathK9Grant program has donated $100,000 to departments across the country over the past 10 years... and this year we hope to be one of the recipients, but we need your help! Grant recipients are chosen by popular vote, and starting on Wednesday, October 23, you'll be able to vote for your favorite furry crime-fighting team! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for a link to vote for RPD! We always appreciate the avid community support of our K-9 Unit!

10/08/2019
Barney Spencer

Barney Spencer

Barney was in the Army during the Vietnam War Era. His documentary highlights his story of friendship, his service statewide, his wife, and the memories that...

1916, getting ready for The Great War.
10/07/2019

1916, getting ready for The Great War.

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum's cover photo
10/07/2019

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum's cover photo

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum
10/07/2019

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

10/03/2019

Bergstrom Inc just completed a new spotlight on Rockford commercial featuring Veterans Memorial Hall! Thank You Bergstrom for creating this video and helping us honor the Veterans of Winnebago County Illinois.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day has passed but our job here at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is to continue that re...
09/27/2019

National POW/MIA Recognition Day has passed but our job here at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is to continue that recognition, everyday. Come visit our newest exhibit, "You just got to keep hope", a tribute to the POW's from Rockford and Winnebago County, from the Civil war to the Vietnam War and conflicts in-between...... Even after months of research we are still finding names to add to our Roll of POW's. Do you have a name to be honored on the list?

Illinois Paranormal Conference
09/27/2019
Illinois Paranormal Conference

Illinois Paranormal Conference

Join Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Haunted Rockford for the eighth annual Illinois Paranormal Conference. The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Samantha Hochmann from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events are ho...

Vietnam Veterans Honor Society LZ Peace Memorial
09/26/2019

Vietnam Veterans Honor Society LZ Peace Memorial

Have you seen the Operation Fallen Flags Truck "Miss Glory" around town?

Give us your torn and tattered Old Flags and we'll replace it with a brand new Star Spangled Banner to proudly fly over your home or business. A group of local Veterans are working with our younger Veterans taking action replacing worn out American Flags. A brotherhood of Veterans bonding together for healing and a common purpose.

To learn more about Operation Fallen Flags, Miss Glory and to help in our cause, please go to wwwLZForVeterans.com and click on the PayPal button to donate. We appreciate your help and support.
#LZPeaceMemorial #OldGlory #OperationFallenFlags

Korean War Veteran Kenneth Dodge who served in the 623rd Field Artillery Division from December 1951-January 1953 attend...
09/25/2019

Korean War Veteran Kenneth Dodge who served in the 623rd Field Artillery Division from December 1951-January 1953 attended a program at the Byron Public Library presented by Mary Rose research volunteer from Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, poses with a military jacket from the Korean War.

09/23/2019
Rockford Buzz

Rockford Buzz

This Friday Ernie Hendrickson is holding an album debut/release show and party! The shindig goes down at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum. Watch the video for all the details! Show opener is Emily Hurd.

Treasure Trove of Local History
09/17/2019
Treasure Trove of Local History

Treasure Trove of Local History

Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of Rockford. The complex contains the historic house museum, barn, & carriage house & boasts a collection of over 10,000 objects. There are also paranormal tours & barn rentals.

09/12/2019
Carole and Ingrid

Carole and Ingrid

This is "Carole and Ingrid" by Harlem Veteran Project on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Bravehearts' Trail To Zero Program Riding To Rescue Of U.S. Veterans In Crisis
09/09/2019
Bravehearts' Trail To Zero Program Riding To Rescue Of U.S. Veterans In Crisis

Bravehearts' Trail To Zero Program Riding To Rescue Of U.S. Veterans In Crisis

The support group Bravehearts is riding into Manhattan on horseback to draw attention to the growing epidemic of veterans taking their own lives. President Meggan Hill-McQueeney and veteran Mitchell Reno joined CBS2 to talk about the initiative. For more information, see TrailToZero.org.

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29
09/04/2019

DAV - Blackhawk - Life Chapter #29

24th Annual Candlelight
Remembrance Ceremony
Friday, September 20, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd.
Refreshments will be served

Great help from Easter Seals, VA volunteers, staff and interns.Sept 3, 2019In addition to helping with this special proj...
09/03/2019

Great help from Easter Seals, VA volunteers, staff and interns.
Sept 3, 2019

In addition to helping with this special project, students from Easterseals Academy volunteer weekly at Memorial Hall. Students assist with everything from keeping the grounds clean to organizing books. Accompanied by a job coach, students not only contribute a valuable service to their community, but learn work skills at the same time.

Easterseals Academy provides educational programs for children with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay or intellectual disability. Located in Chicago, Machesney Park, and Tinley Park, Easterseals provides an alternative school placement for students and helps them achieve independence.

Our veteran volunteers today came to us through our working connection with the Peer to Peer network at the VA clinic here in Rockford.

Our current Intern, Brandon, just started his semester of working in our archives. He is a student at Rockford University.

Great help from Easter Seals, VA volunteers, staff and interns.
Sept 3, 2019

In addition to helping with this special project, students from Easterseals Academy volunteer weekly at Memorial Hall. Students assist with everything from keeping the grounds clean to organizing books. Accompanied by a job coach, students not only contribute a valuable service to their community, but learn work skills at the same time.

Easterseals Academy provides educational programs for children with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay or intellectual disability. Located in Chicago, Machesney Park, and Tinley Park, Easterseals provides an alternative school placement for students and helps them achieve independence.

Our veteran volunteers today came to us through our working connection with the Peer to Peer network at the VA clinic here in Rockford.

Our current Intern, Brandon, just started his semester of working in our archives. He is a student at Rockford University.

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211 N Main St
Rockford, IL
61101

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Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

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(815) 969-1999

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This Memorial Hall, one of the first of it's kind in the state of Illinois to be dedicated to our veterans of all wars, was completed in the year 1903. The doors opened with the dedication ceremonies on June third of that year by our twenty - sixth president Theodore Roosevelt with these words: "No more fitting memorial could be erected to the men who fought, than a hall such as this..... a hall beautiful because of the uses to which it is consecrated" - Teddy Roosevelt 1903 Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is a living memorial to Veterans from all wars. It will serve as a constant reminder to the sacrifices given by brave men and women from Winnebago County and a way for generations to remember and learn about their lives.


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What an amazing piece of history! A photogenic place!
** Next Friday [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, Roll On and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Bands. This is night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
11 Days Away !!!! Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, Roll On and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Bands. This is night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
** Save the Date [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show !!!! Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, " Roll On " and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Artist. This is a night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
** Save the Date [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show !!!! Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, " Roll On " and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Artist. This is a night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/ Poster Art credited to Local Artist: Joe Tallman
Scott - Great to talk with you this morning. I appreciate your efforts to inform your teachers about this opportunity to join Skype in the Classroom and set up some interviews with our veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. I came across a couple of videos of Major General John Borling and have bought the book, Taps on the Walls. So impressive. We would like to invite him to Pontiac to see our museum and possibly to speak at Pontiac Township High School. - David Estes Education Director Livingston County War Museum Dal Estes Education Center Pontiac IL
Like the lights, and a great place of History
I like the lights!
I certianly have a favorite, do you?