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.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another #flashbackfriday post! Five men can been seen in the C-46 cargo plane that trans...
05/01/2020

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another #flashbackfriday post!

Five men can been seen in the C-46 cargo plane that transported Bert Hassell's Stinson aircraft back to Rockford, while several more men outside on the runway unload one of the Greater Rockford airplane's wings. Photographers stand by (lower portion) to record the work and the crowds. A handwritten note in purple ink on the back of the photograph by Mary Hassell Lyons (Bert Hassell's daughter) reads, "Rockford Airport - unloading wings - airport employees, OX-5 friends - QB's - Polish Air Force (local air group)."

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net

Wildcard Thursday Here's some sports history for you today. Did you know these area football players?Check out the local...
04/30/2020
Rockford area players who were taken in the NFL draft over the years

Wildcard Thursday

Here's some sports history for you today.
Did you know these area football players?
Check out the local athletes drafted into the National Football League over the years by clicking on the WTVO-TV Channel 17 news story link below:

ttps://www.mystateline.com/nfl/rockford-area-players-who-were-taken-in-the-nfl-draft-over-the-years/

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — As we watch the final rounds of the NFL Draft unfold it’s interesting to note many of the Rockford area players who have been selected through the years. It…

Weird History WednesdayWe will round out the month with this truly nostalgic tale for our #weirdhistory series. The clas...
04/29/2020
Mr. Potato Head | National Toy Hall of Fame

Weird History Wednesday

We will round out the month with this truly nostalgic tale for our #weirdhistory series.

The classic children’s toy, Mr. Potato Head, was the very first toy to ever have a television commercial, skyrocketing its first months of sales to over $4 million in 1952.

Mr. Potato Head
https://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/mr-potato-head

Cute Felt Activity Project
Using some felt you can make this cute Mr. Potato Head quiet book by following this link below:
http://jocelynandjason.blogspot.com/2011/11/mr-potato-head-quiet-book-pages-10-11.html

We certainly hope we’re done with snow for the year and can put away our sparktötting for the year. Am I right? Oh, you’...
04/28/2020

We certainly hope we’re done with snow for the year and can put away our sparktötting for the year. Am I right? Oh, you’ve never heard of a sparktötting? Well, you had better check out the this artifact from Midway’s Permanent Collection!

Norwegian kicksleds, like the one featured in this photograph, date back to at least 1870. In Sweden and Norway, they are called sparktötting, or just spark (Norweigian for “kick”). They were used first for transportation, and then for sport. To ride the spark, one stands on the back footrest and kicks with the other foot. The chair could be used to rest groceries or a small child. The wooden handles steer the spark over hard, packed snow or ice.

Motivation MondayCalling All Artists The Rockford Art Museum Is Looking For YouIf you are interested in entering the Roc...
04/27/2020

Motivation Monday
Calling All Artists The
Rockford Art Museum
Is Looking For You

If you are interested in entering the Rockford Art Museum's Rockford Midwestern Biennial, an exhibition with plans to open in October, 2020, read the details!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4025046094202456&id=128828623824242&__tn__=%2As%2As-R

Calling all of you Midwestern artists staying safely at home and working on your awe-inspiring art! ✨ Every 2 years we invite a juror to select contemporary pieces to showcase in The Rockford Midwestern Biennial and 2020 just happens to be our 76th Midwestern! Apply today (with pieces created in the last 2 years) by visiting rockfordartmuseum.org. Applications are due no later than June 15th and exhibition will open October 9th.

#midwesternartist #midwestartist #midwestart #rockfordmidwesternbiennial @ Rockford Art Museum

04/27/2020
Laurent House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Motivation Monday
Featuring Virtual Visits of the
Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House
in Rockford

Click on the Facebook link below to view several interesting YouTube videos highlighting a varierty of tours of this historic home. As an added bonus, you get to view other video tours of Frank Lloyd Wright homes around the United States. These virtual visit tours are part of an online program the Laurent House is participating in.

Enjoy this unique way to visit these historic homes from the comfort of your own home!

https://m.facebook.com/LaurentHouse/

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rockford, IL; the only building designed by Wright for a person with a disability and one of less than 10 hemicycle Usonian homes. Noted as one of the best examples of Wright's architecture and interior design.

04/27/2020

Motivation Monday
Featuring 15 Coloring Books & Pages from the National Trust For Historic Preservation

The coloring books and pages vary in difficulty (which means you can browse these sheets for yourself and/or for a younger friend or family member), but all are free and offer a fun historical twist.

To download the sheets follow this link:
https://tinyurl.com/y7nz3p6b. Coloring is an activity everyone can enjoy!

Stay tuned in today for more posts on Motivation Monday. We'll share posts all day long filled with online tours, gallery collections and activity resouces from museums and history organizations.

Midway Village Museum is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment by highlighting local w...
04/24/2020

Midway Village Museum is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment by highlighting local women who aided in the Women's Suffrage Movement. With that in mind, check out the iconic woman in this #flashbackfriday post!

With her family, Catharine Waugh McCulloch moved from New York to a farm in New Milford in 1867 when she was five years old. In her later years, she became quite ambitious with her education.

First graduating from Rockford Female Seminary (now Rockford University) with both her Bachelors and Master of Arts Degrees and later, in 1886, a Degree of Bachelor of Law from Union College (now Northwestern University Law School in Evanston, Illinois).

Following her graduation, McCulloch struggled to find a position in her new career field and decided to return to Rockford to open her own law practice. McCulloch tackled a slew of cases dealing with issues such as wage discrimination, divorce, and child custody. Her determination to accept these types of cases granted her the ability to become a leading suffragist and advocate for the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Photograph courtesy of the Howard Colman Library
Written in partnership with Women's Suffrage Centennial 2020

04/23/2020
"Meet the Staff" Video Week 3

Meet the Staff Weekly Feature Continues!

For our third installment of our "Meet the Staff" videos we're introducing our Curator of Collections and Education, Laura Furman. Laura has worked at Midway Village Museum for nearly 14 years. At home, Laura hustles to keep up with her nine year old daughter Hannah and helps out with Hannah's Girl Scout Troop.

Wildcard ThursdayThanking Our Museum VolunteersIt's National Volunteer Week!Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who ...
04/23/2020

Wildcard Thursday
Thanking Our Museum Volunteers

It's National Volunteer Week!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who help in so many ways make the museum the best institution for the collection, preservation and education of Rockford history.

Our museum volunteers are at the heart of our mission and assist the staff in so many different areas of the operations such as collections, special events, the workshop area, administration, marketing, customer service and the beautiful heritage gardens.

Again, thank you for all you do! We look forward to seeing everyone when the stay at home ordered is lifted. Stay safe!

As seen on WREX-TV Channel 13:Curator Laura Furman discusses the similarities between the polio epidemic of the 1940s-19...
04/22/2020
'We've been here before': How COVID-19's impact on the Stateline is similar to another virus 75 years ago

As seen on WREX-TV Channel 13:

Curator Laura Furman discusses the similarities between the polio epidemic of the 1940s-1950s and the current COVID-19 virus. Click the link below to learn more and view the news story:

https://wrex.com/2020/04/21/weve-been-here-before-polio-and-covid-19/

Although COVID-19 is a new virus, it's not the first that's hit Rockford hard. We take you back 75 years to the last virus.

Weird History WednesdayAs the weather starts to gets warmer, you may start to think about putting in a garden. Don’t be ...
04/22/2020
Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years

Weird History Wednesday

As the weather starts to gets warmer, you may start to think about putting in a garden. Don’t be fooled like the folks in this #weirdhistory story.

For more than 200 years Europeans thought that tomatoes were poisonous and refered to them as the “poison apple.”

Read this interesting article about tomatoes from the Smithsonian Magazine:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-the-tomato-was-feared-in-europe-for-more-than-200-years-863735/

Before any of your tomatoes bloom in the garden, here is a cute paper tomato craft to make.

A Paper Craft Activity To Make:
http://www.travellers-content.co.uk/lp-kids-activity-make-mess-free-tomatoes-for-la-tomatina-festival/

How the fruit got a bad rap from the beginning

It's A 90th BirthdayFor Helen 'Sis' WaddellA True Rockford Peach!All of Helen's friends at Midway Village Museum wish he...
04/21/2020

It's A 90th Birthday
For Helen 'Sis' Waddell
A True Rockford Peach!

All of Helen's friends at Midway Village Museum wish her the best of birthdays and in doing so are encouraging the community celebration.

If you need the details see the below information courtesy of the Friends of Beyers Stadium.

Birthday Parade Driveby
2 pm Saturday April 25
Hertiage Woods
Senior Assisted Living Facility
202 Show Place Drive Rockford

. Decorate Your Car
. Bring A Birthday Card To Put In A Dropbox
. Make posters

People can drive by Heritage Woods through the circular drive in front of the building while Sis watches from her window.

We, at the museum, have been very honored over so many years to have Sis support the exhibits, special events and other efforts related to telling the story of the Rockford Peaches. She has made numerous public appearances greeting local visitors and others from all over the world.

Let's everyone celebrate Sis, and her milestone birthday. Happy Birthday To You, Sis!

HOOT, HOOT! Have you seen the latest artifact from the Permanent Collection? Maybe we can our creative juices flowing by...
04/21/2020

HOOT, HOOT! Have you seen the latest artifact from the Permanent Collection? Maybe we can our creative juices flowing by coming up with a name for this little guy? While Nelson Knitting Company is widely known for their iconic red-heeled sock monkeys, they also have been known to make other animals of the sock variety.

This particular sock owl was donated to Midway Village Museum in 2004 from a Rockford resident. Much like sock monkeys, this owl is made from Rockford heeled socks from the Nelson Knitting Company. His character is completed with a red felt bow tie, eyes, nose, and a tiny set of feet.

Motivation MondayFeaturing the Ethnic Heritage Museum in RockfordNext up and the final featured museum today is much clo...
04/20/2020
Ethnic Heritage Museum | Rockford Ethnic Heritage Museum

Motivation Monday
Featuring the Ethnic Heritage Museum
in Rockford

Next up and the final featured museum today is much closer to the Rockford area and is the Ethnic Heritage Museum.

When you visit this museum, guests tour six galleries highlighting cultures of various people from southwest Rockford. Guests learn about a variety of traditions and culture, as well as Rockford's early history.

http://ethnicheritagemuseum.org/

Come see why everyone is raving about the Rockford Ethnic Heritage Museum! Learn about your ancestry and other ancestries today! Contact our volunteers at the Ethnic Heritage Museum today for more information about upcoming events that are held.

Motivation MondayFeaturing the Art Institute of ChicagoThe next featured museum is a very popular art museum and destina...
04/20/2020
Visit Us Virtually | The Art Institute of Chicago

Motivation Monday
Featuring the Art Institute of Chicago

The next featured museum is a very popular art museum and destination in Chicago. The below link will send you to many online resouces and a virtual tour of the Art Institute.

https://www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually

Wherever you are, whatever the time, our online resources are always here to connect you to our collection of art from around the world—whether you're seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.

Motivation MondayCalling All Future Exhibit DesignersGeared towards children, this link showcases five creative ways chi...
04/20/2020
Future Exhibit Designers: 5 Fun At-Home Make-a-Museum Activities for Kids - Luci Creative

Motivation Monday
Calling All Future Exhibit Designers

Geared towards children, this link showcases five creative ways children can make their own museum exhibits. These are fun projects for children which adults may also find entertaining to do at home.

https://lucicreative.com/future-exhibit-designers-5-fun-at-home-make-a-museum-activities-for-kids/

With closed schools and stay-at-home orders around the world, parents, teachers, and caregivers are rising to the occasion and figuring out innovative ways to homeschool students. When the schoolwork is complete, there’s the continued challenge of keeping young children entertained and away from h...

Motivation MondayFeaturing The Top 10 Civil War Sites According To National Geographic Here's a list of historic sites a...
04/20/2020
Top 10 Civil War Sites - National Geographic

Motivation Monday
Featuring The Top 10 Civil War Sites According To National Geographic

Here's a list of historic sites any Civil War history enthusiast will want to learn about. This link lists significant sites of the Civil War and the historical relevance of these locations. Let us know if you have you been to any of these sites? What did you learn or think about your experience? Which site would you like to visit....and why?

https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/civil-war-sites

Stay tuned in today for more posts on Motivation Monday. We'll share posts all day long filled with online tours, gallery collections and activity resouces from museums and history education-related organizations.

Top 10 Civil War Sites from National Geographic

Looking To Send A Gift To Someone Special?Remotely Shop For Unique Birthday Gifts & Ship To Your Special Friend or Loved...
04/18/2020

Looking To Send A Gift To Someone Special?

Remotely Shop For Unique Birthday Gifts
& Ship To Your Special Friend or Loved One Anywhere

You are able to shop remotely and choose from a nice selection of gift ideas simply by clicking our link to the Museum Gift Shop. You can look for the perfect gift online! The museum staff can conveniently ship a gift for you anywhere! You can easily purchase your gift online by clicking on this link http://midwayvillage.com/museum-shop.html.

Since we know birthdays and special events are not "cancelled" we look forward to the opportunity to help you find the perfect gift to send!

To contact the Museum Store Manager Jay Sklar, email [email protected].

Facebook followers, come take a look at our latest #flashbackfriday post. We don’t know about all of you, but this room ...
04/17/2020

Facebook followers, come take a look at our latest #flashbackfriday post. We don’t know about all of you, but this room certainly looks different than ours at home. Comment below with what stands out to you the most!

This image shows a living room in the mid-twentieth century. At this time, the formal parlor of the nineteenth century was used to entertain guests and to hold family funerals. The role of this room changed in the early twentieth century and room became used for a variety of more lively family activities. The name "parlor" was changed to "living room" in the early twentieth century.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net

Generals of the Civil War:  Answers We certainly had a fun afternoon with clues from our Executive Director David Byrnes...
04/16/2020

Generals of the Civil War: Answers
We certainly had a fun afternoon with clues from our Executive Director David Byrnes about the Generals of the Civil War. As promised it's 5 pm and time to reveal the names of the Generals below:

1) William Tecumsah Sherman
2) Stonewall Jackson
3) George Gordon Meade
4) J.E.B. Stuart
5) Ambrose Burnside
6) George Pickett
7) Joseph Hooker
8) Nathan Bedford Forrest

To once again credit the artwork, all the illustrated drawing were created by editorial cartoonist William Bramhall.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is our final post from David, and General #8. You can review back on all the posts of earlier this afternoon on the museum's main page.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today. Thank you for your attention. We hope you learned more about the Civil War today.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is General #7. We only have one more of the eight Generals to guess. Hope you had fun with our guessing game this afternoon, and learned more about the roles of these Generals during the war.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is General #5.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is General #6.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is General #4.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today.

04/16/2020
Generals of the Civil War

Can you guess this General of the Civil War? We are posting eight generals of the Civil War this afternoon with a brief narrative from our Executive Director David Byrnes. This is General #3.

All answers revealed at 5 pm today.

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Comments

I had a great time attending the sock monkey festival!
Years ago when my boys were young you had a story tellers the event went into the night and the stories were spooky..hteat memories I wish you would do that again.
can't find a page that lists your hours-just location and phone #
My recently published book "Five Skinner Men of Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois -- Their Biographies Spanning 200 Years, 1794-1994" contains detailed & documented historical information about Rockford during the 1800s. The original letters displayed in the book between Skinner family members have been donated to Midway Village Museum.
Nelson Knitting Monkey socks salesmen samples ......
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Christmas in the Trenches at Midway Village.
The event was great! Highly recommended.
Guy Forsyth, written by John McCutcheon. https://youtu.be/Xc9a7IjA_kk.
Just some of the many beauties while walking today at Midway Village.
Thank you to everyone that let me photograph them. As soon as i get my photos developed. If anybody wants to have a finished photo copy, Direct/Private Message me and I can help. My prices are super cheap. Thanks for the awesome weekend
Dave, Thanks for keeping me in the loop on this topic. It is very reminiscent of the exhibit I saw at the WW II Museum in New Orleans. Although I dont think I will make it , it does seem like a worthwhile presentation.