Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum The award-winning Midway Village Museum is open all year with exciting opportunities for you to engage in history. The museum campus situated on 148 acres features a Main Museum Center and a 13-acre Victorian Village. Details www.midwayvillage.com.

Our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/midwayvillagemuseum/videos Our Collection's Blog: http://midwayvillagemuseumcollections.wordpress.com/

Mission: Midway Village Museum, the best institution for collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the art exhibits, programs and events.

Calling all you guys and dames - Midway Village Museum is excited to announce its newest temporary exhibition, "Roaring ...
07/05/2019

Calling all you guys and dames - Midway Village Museum is excited to announce its newest temporary exhibition, "Roaring in Rockford." It’s one you don’t want to miss!

Did you know Rockford was a hot spot of activity throughout the 1920s? In this exhibition visitors can learn about the secret underbelly of speakeasies and giggle water that emerged as a result of prohibition, view a sampling of hip to the jive fashion trends and accessories, discover the stories of a few local suffragists who aided in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and find out about the technological advancements made by multiple Rockford theaters.

Get a wiggle on and visit “Roaring in Rockford” today! Midway Village Museum's Museum Center hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10:30 am-4:00 pm. Closed Monday. For more information please call (815) 397-9112.

Well isn’t this #flashbackfriday just the peachiest thing you’ve seen all week? Shown is a nighttime photograph on a...
07/05/2019

Well isn’t this #flashbackfriday just the peachiest thing you’ve seen all week?

Shown is a nighttime photograph on a field depicting the Rockford Peaches and representatives of other teams from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Included are the Battle Creek Belles, the Kalamazoo Lassies, the Fort Wayne Daisies, and the Grand Rapids Chicks. Chaperone Dorothy Green is pictured (top row, far left) as well as manager Bill Allington (top row, far right).

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 2,200 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

The Blue Garden is one of many historic gardens in Midway's Victorian Village. Families of all ages are invited to explo...
07/04/2019

The Blue Garden is one of many historic gardens in Midway's Victorian Village. Families of all ages are invited to explore these enchanting landscapes during Magical Gardens! Visitors will interact with games and crafts focused on the natural and magical wonders of the various village gardens.

Activities include:
Growing a Magic Beanstalk
Making Fairy Bells
Creating a Butterfly Feeder
And Much More!

Adults (Ages 18+) - $8.00
Child (Ages 3 to 17) - $6.00
Museum Members and Infants (0 to 2) - FREE
Purchase tickets during the event or online: https://fareharbor.com/midwayvillage/items/143692/

Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy this interesting story by RockfordReminisce about the replica of the Liberty Bell located o...
07/04/2019

Happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy this interesting story by RockfordReminisce about the replica of the Liberty Bell located on the Midway Village Museum campus near the Main Museum Center entrance right by the front doors.

The museum is open today until 4 pm. If you plan to view the permanent exhibits and take a guided tour of the 13-acre Victorian Village there is an admission.

For hours and admission follow this link http://www.midwayvillage.com/midway-hours-admission.html.

Questions? Call 815 397-9112.

Have a safe holiday and celebrate!

As you entered the main entrance of Colonial Village you would notice a large bronze bell which was an exact duplicate of the original Liberty Bell now resting in a special enclosure in Philadelphia. The idea of a duplicate goes back to the late 1960s, but it was not until 1970 when it was discovered that the foundry molds or copes and cores as they were called for the original Liberty Bell were still available at Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. The same firm who cast the original for the Philadelphia Colonists.

Over a five year period between 1970 and 1975, there was a flurry of activity involving letters of inquiry, specifications, procurement details and finally an order for delivery of the new bell. During this period, plans for America’s Bi-Centennial Celebration were being formatted and became entwined in the procurement of the Colonial Village bell. While budgeting and financing plus other details took place under mall manager Carl Salmons, the Rockford Bi-Centennial Commission took over the Rockford Liberty Bell as its promotion project for the Bi-Centennial Celebration.

While there was some wrangling over the bell’s acquisition, everything was finally worked out. The duplicate bell arrived in Rockford after being shipped by ocean freighter from England to Baltimore and then by truck to Rockford. The Rockford Liberty Bell was dedicated at the Colonial Village Mall on July 4, 1975, to kick off the year-long Bi-Centennial Celebration.

The story of the original bell has a great deal of history and intrigue behind it. Ordered by the Philadelphia colonists just before the beginning of our movement toward independence, it was cast and sent to them by the Whitechapel Bell foundry in London. However, before the British took over Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War, the great bell was hastily removed and sent by heavily guarded horse-drawn wagons along a secret route to the backcountry of Pennsylvania. Here, in an old country church, it was hidden in a vault for safekeeping.

Once General Cornwallis was defeated, and the East Coast was free, the bell was hauled back tp Philadelphia. A great celebration took place on its arrival and reinstallation. Historians tell us that the Liberty Bell was rung very enthusiastically, and it was at that time the famous crack appeared. Although the bell was repaired following the appearance of the crack, legend has it the bell was never rung again until the end of World War II.

The Colonial Village Mall Liberty Bell did not have a crack. This bell was not rung by a standard clapper because, at ground level, anyone standing nearby would undoubtedly be struck deaf if it were rung in the normal manner. The Colonial Village Bell was rung electronically at a much softer pitch.

On the side of both bells, there is the mark of Pass and Stowe. This mark came about because when the original bell arrived in America, a mold was made of it. The bell was broken up and recast just one time by Pass and Stowe who were loyal colonists and foundrymen by trade. The same mark was added to the Rockford Liberty Bell which made it an exact duplicate of the original in Philadelphia. Another point of authentic duplication is the headstock from which the bell is hung. The original bell was shipped from England with the headstock made of Sherwood Forest oak. To duplicate this, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry people secured Sherwood Forest oak from which to make the headstock for the 4,000 pound Rockford Liberty Bell.

Today the bell can be found residing at Midway Village and Museum Center in Rockford.

You know we never horse around when it comes to our #flashbackfriday posts!A large crowd has gathered at the Fairgrounds...
06/28/2019

You know we never horse around when it comes to our #flashbackfriday posts!

A large crowd has gathered at the Fairgrounds (aka Agricultural Society) for a horse show. The track is visible in the foreground and numerous buildings partially screened by the crowd and trees are visible in the background. The Fairgrounds were bordered by Avon Street at the North; Kilburn Avenue at the East; Mulberry at the South; and the Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul railroad tracks at the West.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 2,200 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

~  A Thank You Shout Out ~The guests came out to enjoy The Rockford Plate - despite the tricks Mother Nature plays!  Tha...
06/28/2019

~ A Thank You Shout Out ~

The guests came out to enjoy The Rockford Plate - despite the tricks Mother Nature plays!

Thank you to all the guests, sponsors, cultural groups and event contributors making the 4th Annual Rockford Plate a success! Here's hoping everyone enjoyed the delicious foods and opportunities to learn about all the diverse groups of people calling Rockford home.

Thank you, again!

We are proud sponsors of this year’s Rockford Plate at Midway Village- and proud of our awesome office assistant, Naomi Solis Campos, who is volunteering for the Latino Coalition at the Latino House. We encourage community engagement and advocacy at DLG.

Spend the evening in Midway’s Victorian Village celebrating Rockford’s culture with live music, food & alcohol vendo...
06/27/2019

Spend the evening in Midway’s Victorian Village celebrating Rockford’s culture with live music, food & alcohol vendors, and activities provided by local cultural organizations!

Headlining Rockford Culture Crawl: After Hours Presented by ComEd is Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul.

Admission is only $10 and on sale now! Purchase at www.fareharbor.com/midwayvillage/items/145219/.

~  The Rockford Plate ~  Thank You To The  Sponsors ~Tonight's the night! It's the museum's gala fundraising event, The ...
06/27/2019

~ The Rockford Plate ~ Thank You To The Sponsors ~

Tonight's the night! It's the museum's gala fundraising event, The Rockford Plate. A chance to turn back the clocks to the 1970s and enjoy the diverse cultures calling Rockford home!

Thank you to the sponsors for contributing to the success of tonight's fundraiser in support of history education.

~  Irish Immigrants Founded the Church in Midway Village ~Built in 1883, Bethel Community Church was the dream of Irish ...
06/24/2019

~ Irish Immigrants Founded the Church in Midway Village ~

Built in 1883, Bethel Community Church was the dream of Irish Immigrants Robert A. & Julia A. Cooney. Originally from County Meath, Ireland, in the 1850s they settled on a farm in Harrison Township but found no church close enough to attend. So they bought land nearby and financed the building of a church there. Today the church is part of Midway Village.

This year's The Rockford Plate fundraiser features Irish culture as part of the fundraising event. The event is this Thursday, June 27.

Are you saying you and your friends don’t pose with some freshly sliced watermelon for your #flashbackfriday posts? Ho...
06/21/2019

Are you saying you and your friends don’t pose with some freshly sliced watermelon for your #flashbackfriday posts? How else are we supposed to celebrate the first day of summer?!

Ten young men, five standing and five seated, pose for this photograph that includes a large watermelon with one slice removed set next to it. Unfortunately the location, occasion, and the names of the men are unknown.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 2,200 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Midway is thrilled to partner with Amanda Stivers Yoga and offer guests an opportunity to enjoy the charms of the Victor...
06/20/2019

Midway is thrilled to partner with Amanda Stivers Yoga and offer guests an opportunity to enjoy the charms of the Victorian village while participating in a yoga class!

Yoga in the Village is open to all levels of yoga practice and students are encouraged to move at their own pace. Please bring a yoga mat and water.

Admission
$12 per person (ages 13+)
$10 Midway Village Museum Members (ages 13+)
You must pre-register for this event before July 11, 2019. To register, please call 815-397-9112, ext. 104 or email [email protected]. Payment is due at time of registration.

Register Now!  Summer Day Camp continues at Midway Village Museum all summer long.  A wonderful way for children to spen...
06/20/2019

Register Now!

Summer Day Camp continues at Midway Village Museum all summer long. A wonderful way for children to spend the summer in a positive, fun environment with structured learning.

For complete details on the day camp options, themes and pricing visit http://www.midwayvillage.com/summer-day-camps-2019.html.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

The 2019 Rockford Plate is only a week away and we are looking forward to taking everyone back in time to the 1970s! Mis...
06/20/2019

The 2019 Rockford Plate is only a week away and we are looking forward to taking everyone back in time to the 1970s! Missed the RSVP deadline? Not a problem, we have extra tickets available so head on over to our event page for more information or give us a call at (815) 397-9112 with any questions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/586924565159044/

~  Volunteer Captures Drone Images ~Volunteer Bob Bertolasi (pictured below) is a familiar smile at Midway Village Museu...
06/17/2019

~ Volunteer Captures Drone Images ~

Volunteer Bob Bertolasi (pictured below) is a familiar smile at Midway Village Museum. Not only does Bob assist the Collections Department cataloging artifacts, he is also busy capturing drone images on the museum's campus for various marketing projects. He currently is capturing drone images to market the World War I and World War II military re-enactments. Bob is very detailed in both capturing the images and in the editing process. He already completed two projects available for viewing online as YouTube videos. To view his drone projects, click on the links below and scroll down to watch the YouTube video:

Midway Village Museum Private Rentals
http://midwayvillage.com/midway-event-rentals.html

LZ Peace Memorial near the Rec Path
http://midwayvillage.com/lz-peace-memorial-rockford.html

Bob is a huge asset to the museum in all his volunteer roles. It helps to have someone with technical and creative skills to help tell the museum stories so more people can visit!

For details on the museum, www.midwayvillage.com.

~ RSVP Deadline Nears For The Rockford Plate ~The sounds of the 1970s, performed by "That Gurl," will add to the lively ...
06/17/2019

~ RSVP Deadline Nears For The Rockford Plate ~

The sounds of the 1970s, performed by "That Gurl," will add to the lively and festive ambiance of this year's The Rockford Plate fundraiser.

Thursday, June 27 . 5:30 pm to 9 pm
in the Victorian Village at Midway VIllage Museum

RSVP deadline to purchase tickets is 4 pm Thursday, June 20.

"That Gurl" song list includes "Horse With No Name," Brown Eyed Girl," "Take It To The Limit," and "I Can See Clearly." You can listen to the band's songs at "That Gurl's" page https://www.facebook.com/ThatGurlBand or website https://www.thatgurlband.com/.

Guests to The Rockford Plate will enjoy:
. sample foods from different parts of the world
. take your picture in a restored 1970s VW Bus
. bid on culinary and cultural items during the silent auction
. 50/50 raffle
. make a tie-dye T-shirt and adopt a pet rock to take home
. shuttles available for event transportation
. delicious Bundt cake dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Guests are encourage to dress as if it was the 1970s!

The festivities begin at 6 pm with a Welcome Program by Mimi Murphy of WTVO-TV Channel 17 in the 1905 Red Barn.

Complete details about The Rockford Plate progressive-style dinner in the Victorian Village go to https://www.facebook.com/events/586924565159044/.

You may purchase RSVPs online at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/midwayvillage/items/89325/calendar/?flow=59316.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

That Gurl

He shoots, he scores! Looks like Rockford has always been a bit of a basketball town. Happy #flashbackfriday everybody! ...
06/14/2019

He shoots, he scores! Looks like Rockford has always been a bit of a basketball town. Happy #flashbackfriday everybody!

This photograph shows seven individuals on the court struggle for possession of the ball. This black and white photograph portrays the Mattison Machine Co. basketball team, possibly during a practice game or for a game with the Rockford Industrial Athletic Association (RIAA). Spectators can be seen watching from the stands above.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 2,200 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Go  Rockford
06/14/2019

Go Rockford

~ Tipsy History Returns With A NEW Twist ~Midway Village Museum will present Tipsy History Prohibition from 2 p.m. to 7 ...
06/12/2019

~ Tipsy History Returns With A NEW Twist ~

Midway Village Museum will present Tipsy History Prohibition from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 17, in the 13-acre Victorian Village. This special event is an interactive experience set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s

Visitors will uncover the mischief of Prohibition as the Midway Village becomes a dry town in the 1920s struggling to maintain law and order. The historical village is comprised of 26 buildings including a bank, hospital, printing shop, church, homes, and others as it represents a small rural Illinois town. This is a rain or shine event.

Activities include:
Visit the hidden Speakeasies scattered throughout the Village buildings where local breweries and distilleries will be serving alcoholic beverages.
. Attend a temperance meeting to learn about the temperance movement.
. Interact with 1920s civilians, bootleggers, gangsters, police and the Feds.
. Witness a federal rain on bootleggers and moonshiners.
. and more!

General admissions
$12 adult
$6 child (ages 3 - 17)
Free (ages 0-2)

Museum Member admissions
$10 adult member
$5 child member (ages 3 - 17)
Free (ages 0 - 2)

Advance ticket purchases available online at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/midwayvillage/items/148945/calendar/?flow=59316. For more information, call 815-397-9112. Must Provide ID for alcoholic beverages. Guests will receive sample tickets to redeem at brewery/distillery of their choosing.

Breweries/Distilleries include:
Pig Minds Brewing Co.
Grant View Distillery
Generations Brewing Co.
Prairie Street Brewing Co.
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
and more to be announced!

This year’s Tipsy History: Prohibition event sponsors are HMC Products and Electrical Contractors Association

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

And..now, photos ......from the new special event - Oregon Trail:  In Real Life After Dark this past Saturday evening.  ...
06/12/2019

And..now, photos ......from the new special event - Oregon Trail: In Real Life After Dark this past Saturday evening. More than 110+ visitors decided to try the Oregon Trail After Hours- Midway Village Museum style!

TAG your friends, or SHARE on your Facebook! We're happy so many visitors attended, all while experiencing history in a fun and entertaining way.

More new special events are happening this summer, check the museum website www.midwayvillage.com or Facebook regularly.

Thank you so much to Jasmine Rose of Rockford for taking such wonderful photos to share with everyone.

~ Flag Retirement Service on Flag Day ~A flag retirement service is scheduled at 7 pm Friday, June 14, on Flag Day, at t...
06/11/2019

~ Flag Retirement Service on Flag Day ~

A flag retirement service is scheduled at 7 pm Friday, June 14, on Flag Day, at the LZ Peace Memorial off Guilford Road on the far west side of the museum campus. The service is organized by the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society.
Park at the Rec Path parking just west of the Midway Village Museum entrance between Guilford and Mulford Roads, Rockford.

Flag Day does have an very interest history. To learn more click on this History Channel link: https://www.history.com/news/95-years-of-flag-day.

To learn more about the LZ Peace Memorial click on this link: http://midwayvillage.com/lz-peace-memorial-rockford.html.

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6799 Guilford Rd
Rockford, IL
61107

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