Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Open Tuesday through Friday from 9am until 4pm. Docent Guided Tours Starting At 11am Tuesdays and 1pm Wednesdays. Saturday Hours and 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.

Rockford Rotary
05/16/2019

Rockford Rotary

Hearing about Winnebago County issues from Chairman Frank Haney.

05/15/2019

Illinois e-News Release
________________________________________

Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 until Sunset on Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from
Governor JB Pritzker that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act
are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of:

Corporal John G. Krebs
United States Army
Sterling, Illinois

Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency's personnel from:

Sunrise: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 until
Sunset: Friday, May 17, 2019

Our very own Mary Rose presenting her WASP research at the Julia Hull District Library, Stillman Valley
05/14/2019

Our very own Mary Rose presenting her WASP research at the Julia Hull District Library, Stillman Valley

2018 Events
05/10/2019

2018 Events

Sharing of photos from events held at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum
05/10/2019

Sharing of photos from events held at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Sharing of photos from events held at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

05/06/2019

We have a bulletin board for Thank You's to the Veterans that needs updating. Any groups or classrooms that might be interested?? This is a 4 ft x 8 ft display board on our lower level. We would love for a group of kids to take on this project.Just send us a message thru Facebook if you're interested.

05/03/2019
Women during ww2

Women during ww2

African American Nurses for European Theater

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD)
05/02/2019

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD)

Join us May 3-5 to ride "The Flying Fortress!" Visit B17.org for more details or to book your flight.

05/01/2019
American Voices

American Voices

Never forget the sacrifices made by the heroes that fought and died in Vietnam on this, the very first Vietnam Veteran's Day.

Friends of Veterans Memorial Circle
04/26/2019

Friends of Veterans Memorial Circle

Now that the final inspection on our first round of signs is done, project co-chairs Helen Karakoudas Redfern and Ernie Redfern will be out this afternoon posting them.

Send us your recommendations on the best spots in town to post!

#HonorOurVets
#Prepping4SpruceUpDay

04/22/2019

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief
N.P.CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General
Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

Smithsonian Magazine
04/21/2019
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

The free, online software uses crowdsourcing and facial recognition to help users identify unknown subjects in Civil War era photographs.

04/14/2019

I am truly humbled and honored to have shared these last 2 evenings with such an amazing group of Veterans and VSO's. And a huge shout-out to the members of the public that took the time to come into our beautiful historic Museum.
Thank you to everyone involved and for your support...The Art of Healing, Veteran Showcase couldn't happen without an amazing group collaboration!
Your Curator
Leanne

This evenings ArtScene presentation of "the Art of Healing" is a perfect opportunity for Slow Art Day at Veterans Memori...
04/13/2019
This Saturday, Museums Across the Globe Are Asking Visitors to Linger for Slow Art Day

This evenings ArtScene presentation of "the Art of Healing" is a perfect opportunity for Slow Art Day at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum. See you there, 5 pm until 9 pm.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturday-museums-are-asking-visitors-linger-honor-slow-art-day-180971884/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

166 institutions are participating in the 10th-annual event, which encourages visitors to spend 5 to 10 minutes in front of a single work of art

Rockford Rotary
04/11/2019

Rockford Rotary

Congratulations to the scholarship winners.

Great program. A Rockford original brought back to life! WASP, Women's Ambulance Safety Patrol.
04/10/2019

Great program. A Rockford original brought back to life! WASP, Women's Ambulance Safety Patrol.

RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council
04/09/2019

RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council

Going to ArtScene? This weekend check out original works of art at 42 different locations across the Rockford and the Rockford metro area from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12 and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Admission is free and it’s a great opportunity to purchase artwork!
Rockford Mass Transit will be running the trolley for anyone wishing to park once and ride often to all the venues in the downtown area. The trolley runs the following route every 20 minutes AND its FREE!!

Memorial Hall Dedication, June 3, 1903
04/09/2019

Memorial Hall Dedication, June 3, 1903

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum
04/09/2019

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Busy week starting here at the Hall. Last chance to get in a reservation for the Lunch and Lecture on the 10th, about Ro...
04/08/2019

Busy week starting here at the Hall. Last chance to get in a reservation for the Lunch and Lecture on the 10th, about Rockford's very own original WASP. Then on Friday and Saturday we open our doors in the evening for a very special event. The Art of Healing is a showcase of Veteran created art, here in that building that was created in their honor over 115 years ago. Check out our events for more detailed information. See you in the place to be this week!

Rockford Rotary
04/04/2019

Rockford Rotary

Dynamic presentation about Burpee Museum.

RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council
04/03/2019

RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council

Join us for Spring ArtScene on Friday, April 12 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 4-9 p.m. 42 venues will showcase original works of art! Meet the artists...be inspired to buy! We will be featuring daily highlights from participating venues!
Ameriprise Financial
6870 Rote Road, Suite 102
815-708-6112
“Rockford Anthology”
Come check out a motley collection of art work by ten artists who have been connected to the Rockford scene from the 90s to today. Artists include Jason Erler, Drew Eurek, Lynn Fischer, Brynhildur Guðmundsdóttir, Matt Herbig, Carrie Johnson, Mona Lindvall, Scott Long, Carmen Turner and Rick Zillhart. Curated by Carrie Johnson. (ADA Accessible)
David Boccignone MBA, CFP, CHFC, CLU

Only 10 more days! The Art of Healing, Veteran Showcase. http://www.springartscene.com/
04/02/2019
Rockord Area Arts Council

Only 10 more days! The Art of Healing, Veteran Showcase.

http://www.springartscene.com/

ArtScene in late April brings out thousands of art-lovers to galleries and studios all over town, to enjoy new exhibits of original works. Art Scene attracts so many fans because it is free, and it's fun for both the browser and the buyer.

Rockford Promise
04/02/2019

Rockford Promise

Last year, East High School Senior, Cole Bathje, organized this concert for the first time in the hopes of funding a Rockford Promise Scholar. Cole reached his goal and in 25 days we will award the Cole Bathje Promise Scholarship. We are thrilled that Miles and the Rusted Hearts want to keep up this tradition! On April 26 we will award 30 Promise Scholarships and that night we will celebrate at Memorial Hall with a concert. Don’t miss it!! Tickets are $20 and doors open at 7pm. You can buy tickets in our Events section here on FB.

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.The city of Loves Park hosted a free event at their city hall to honor all...
03/29/2019

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

The city of Loves Park hosted a free event at their city hall to honor all local Vietnam Vets.

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is honored to be part of this event.

ps. anybody know how to fold a parachute???

I have to say that I am blessed to work at Veterans Memorial Hall and today is one of the reasons why, I opened the buil...
03/23/2019

I have to say that I am blessed to work at Veterans Memorial Hall and today is one of the reasons why, I opened the building today to watch Captain Richelle Angela Colleen Hare be promoted to Major Richelle Angela Colleen Hare! Major Hare is from Rockford Illinois and was commissioned in the United States Army in 2008 from Illinois State University, Congratulation Major Hare!

Disabled Outdoor Opportunities
03/18/2019
Disabled Outdoor Opportunities

Disabled Outdoor Opportunities

How does a person with a disability go HUNTING or FISHING in a State Park, Fish or Wildlife Area ? It's easy - let us tell you how....Illinois' makes reasonable accomodations for people with disabilities - check out our "10 Day Rule" below for Hunting & Fishing

Research always turns up the strange and unusual, even for here at the Hall. October 1903 this notice appeared in Rockfo...
03/15/2019

Research always turns up the strange and unusual, even for here at the Hall. October 1903 this notice appeared in Rockford newspapers. Maybe this explains the ghost of children that are said to haunt this building at times...👻

Leanne, Curator

Rockford Rotary
03/14/2019

Rockford Rotary

Huge crowd and great networking at Rotary today!

03/10/2019

Who wants to help us hit a Facebook milestone? 2 more likes and we hit 1500!
Be one of the lucky ones that knows about our events and news first. Share our page and recommend us to your friends. Make our Curators Monday morning positive!

OBON SOCIETY
03/08/2019

OBON SOCIETY

If you happen to be in Astoria, Oregon area, please visit OBON exhibition display at Columbia River Maritime Museum!

米国オレゴン州アストリアへお越しの際には、コロンビア川海洋博物館のOBON 展示会へ是非、お立ち寄りください!

オレゴン州アストリアにあるコロンビアリバーの博物館のOBON展示ブースです。ここにある旗はどれも現在本来の持ち主を捜索している旗になります。ご遺族や持ち主が判明した旗はここから外され、日本に還る帰路につきます。

★★★★寄付金によるご支援のお願い★★★★
Please help us to continue facilitating the return of these precious heirlooms to their families, and bring peace and healing to the people of Japan and the United States.

OBON SOCIETY は「寄せ書き日の丸」返還についてのお問い合わせ、ご依頼、データ管理、日章旗保管と、ご遺族の捜索から判明、返還、提供者への最終報告に至るまでの全工程を無償で行っております。

70年以上前に記載された文字を読み取り、調査し、ご遺族のお手元へ無事にお届けできるまでは、長期間を要するケースも少なくありません。私達は一枚でも多くの日章旗をご遺族へ返還する為、情熱をもち、地道に努力をしていく所存です。

皆様からの寄付金は、当団体の活動資金として有効に活用させて頂きます。どうか皆様の温かいご支援、ご協力をよろしくお願いいたします。

OBON SOCIETY へのご支援は、 こちらをクリック して頂きますと、クレジットカードにてご寄付をしていただけます。http://obonsociety.org/donate/

★OBONソサエティHP日本語 http://obon2015.com/

★OBONソサエティHP英語版 http://obonsociety.org/donate/…

★OBONソサエティYou-tube https://www.youtube.com/user/OBON2015/videos

The building is alive with music and Art thanks to rps205 All City Fine Arts event!
03/06/2019

The building is alive with music and Art thanks to rps205 All City Fine Arts event!

Winnebago County Government
03/04/2019

Winnebago County Government

Save the date for the upcoming Government Purchasing Event on March 20, 2019 from 11AM-3PM!

The event is open to anyone in the region, in any field, to attend to learn more about purchasing/procurement opportunities in the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois.

03/04/2019
Scott

Scott

Please help me congratulate Samantha Hochmann’s for her promotion to Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage and Gardens!

Press Room
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4th 2019 – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens promoted Samantha Hochmann to Executive Director.
Samantha replaces Steve Litteral who relocated to Tennessee last August. She is responsible for all operations, management and activities of Tinker Swiss Cottage as prescribed by the Board of Trustees.
Since August of 2018 Samantha has been the interim Executive Director and has proven her ability to fulfill the requirements of the position.
Prior to this, Samantha held the position of Director of Education at Tinker Swiss Cottage where she would give tours, host events and manage the gift shop among many other things.
Samantha holds a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in History from Northern Illinois University.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens preserves, protects and interprets Rockford's authentic history, heritage and culture to promote community and economic vitality. Contact Samantha at 815.964.2424 or via email at [email protected]

We have some extra Tee Shirts both long and short sleeves and a couple of hoodies remaining from our Black History Month...
02/27/2019

We have some extra Tee Shirts both long and short sleeves and a couple of hoodies remaining from our Black History Month event, let me know if you're interested.

“The Art of Healing, Veteran Showcase” is a presentation of Veteran created artwork of all media. Veterans Memorial ...
02/23/2019

“The Art of Healing, Veteran Showcase” is a presentation of Veteran created artwork of all media.

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum opened its doors in 1903 as a monument to our soldiers and sailors. Today we continue fulfill that mission through community engagement, education and events. On April 12th and 13th of 2019, we will again participate in the Rockford Area Arts Council ArtScene 2019. Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is looking for Veteran Artists to Exhibit their work.

Are you an artistic veteran? Have you used art as a healing avenue and are willing to share your work? Do you continue to honor your Brothers and Sisters in Arms through your artwork? Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is opening its doors for you to exhibit your work in the unique environment only the Hall can provide.

We are looking to again fill Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum with art: drawing, painting, photography, woodworking, sculpture, mixed media, 2D and 3D of all types. Limited exhibit space will be available in the Grand Hall and Lincoln Lyceum. Please see the News and Events page of Veterans Memorial Hall and Museums website for detailed building layouts for space locations and contract for space reservations.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Application available at: www.veteransmemorialhall.com

We thank you for helping us to continue the tradition of honoring our Veterans.

Leanne Wright, Curator

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211 N Main St
Rockford, IL
61101

Opening Hours

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

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