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.

Be sure to watch Good Day Stateline on WTVO from 9:00-10:00am this Sunday, January 26th to hear about an exciting event ...
01/24/2020

Be sure to watch Good Day Stateline on WTVO from 9:00-10:00am this Sunday, January 26th to hear about an exciting event with Women's Suffrage Centennial 2020 that Midway Village Museum is a part of!

Alright, who ordered a truck full of ice to be delivered on a #flashbackfriday in January? An ice wagon advertising "Exc...
01/24/2020

Alright, who ordered a truck full of ice to be delivered on a #flashbackfriday in January?

An ice wagon advertising "Excursion Penitentiary-Chicago Drainage Canal - $2.00 round trip." The ice house was on the river bank. The wagon is full of ice and the two men are wearing large metal tongs used to move the ice blocks.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Local author Kathi Kresol will be hosting at story time session during HERstory: Women Who Dared! She will be reading "B...
01/22/2020

Local author Kathi Kresol will be hosting at story time session during HERstory: Women Who Dared! She will be reading "Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote" by Kirsten Gillibrand.

Below is the full event schedule for the day! For more event information visit www.tinyurl.com/HERstory2020.

10am-3pm Activities and Crafts located in Museum
10:30 am: Storytime with local author, Kathi Kresol
11:00 am Ann Bausum, author of Courage and Cloth, Presentation + Q&A
12:00 – 1:00pm Ann Bausum Book Signing
12:30 PM Frederick Douglass Meet & Greet
1:00 PM Kate O’Connor Meet & Greet
1:30 PM "The Parrot Cage" by Mary Shaw, performed by Cindy Herman. This play includes crowd participation for those that would like to play certain roles.This play features a fourth-grade reading level for those interested in participating.

~ Mark Your Calendar ~  ....and Share with Your Friends :)Sock Monkey Madness Festival Saturday, March 7 . 10 am to 4 pm...
01/21/2020

~ Mark Your Calendar ~
....and Share with Your Friends :)

Sock Monkey Madness Festival
Saturday, March 7 . 10 am to 4 pm

Complete details at www.midwayvillage.com.
Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

Just like that we’re zooming through another week. Happy #flashbackfriday everyone!The "Wate-A-Wyle" Club was a group of...
01/17/2020

Just like that we’re zooming through another week. Happy #flashbackfriday everyone!

The "Wate-A-Wyle" Club was a group of young men who had fixed up old automobiles with imitation racing bodies with no machine costing over $100. These vehicles were used for a comedy race which was at a snail's pace due to the cars often stopping or getting out of gear. The club in Rockford, Illinois imitated the Elgin Road Race which used the same types of vehicles. The Wate-A Wyle Club was popular and was asked to repeat these races in community celebrations in areas surrounding Rockford, Illinois. This image shows a Red Cross banner on the back of a vehicle - it may be present in case of injury during the race.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

~ New Free Day Sponsor - Illinicare Health ~Illinicare Health is the new Free Day sponsor for 2020!  By Illinois law, Mi...
01/14/2020

~ New Free Day Sponsor - Illinicare Health ~

Illinicare Health is the new Free Day sponsor for 2020! By Illinois law, Midway Village Museum must offer one free day per week to the public. Thousands of visitors each year take advantage of our free days. Illinicare Health will be giving the museum important support to defray the costs of hosting visitors on free days.

We hope free day visitors will enjoy the museum and decide to come back and keep supporting history education!

Here is a list of upcoming free days:

January 15, 22, and 29
February 5, 12, 19 and 26
March 4, 11, 18 and 25
April 1, 8, 15, and 22

For the complete listing and all the details on museum hours, visit http://midwayvillage.com/midway-hours-admission.html.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

Who are some fierce women in your life? Celebrate them by coming to HERstory: Women Who Dared on February 22, 2020. This...
01/14/2020

Who are some fierce women in your life? Celebrate them by coming to HERstory: Women Who Dared on February 22, 2020. This event will feature crafts, activities, and presentations highlighting powerful women throughout local and national history.

Comment below with a shout out to an important woman in your life!

Event Admission:
$8 adult
$6 child (ages 3-17)
Free Infants (ages 0-2)
Free Museum Members

Advance admission ticket purchase is available online at www.midwayvillage.com, at the Museum Gift Store or by calling 815-397-9112. Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

BEEP, BEEP! Another #flashbackfriday is pulling in for you, Facebook followers! The 'Burlington Trailways' bus stop in R...
01/10/2020

BEEP, BEEP! Another #flashbackfriday is pulling in for you, Facebook followers!

The 'Burlington Trailways' bus stop in Rockford, Illinois was located at 609 South Main Street. The Burlington Transportation Company was created in Burlington, Iowa by the Chicago Burlington Quincy (CBQ) Railroad in 1929. While the railroad focused on transporting freight, the bus was used for passenger travel. Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles, California was added to the line in 1935. The company name changed to American Bus Lines (ABL) in 1952, returning to Burlington Trailways in 1981.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

~ 2020 Calendar of Events ~ Available Here As A DownloadAs Midway Village Museum begins the New Year 2020, the Board and...
01/09/2020

~ 2020 Calendar of Events ~ Available Here As A Download

As Midway Village Museum begins the New Year 2020, the Board and Staff are eager to begin delivering the mission of history preservation and education to you!

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy our popular signature special events including Sock Monkey Madness Festival, The Great War: World War I, World War II Days, and All Hallows’ Eve. Last year’s popular Tipsy History: Prohibition and Oregon Trail: In Real Life will return. New this year, HERstory: Women Who Dared, Children's Storytimes at the Rockford Public Library and the "Roaring In Rockford" exhibit open now through December 31, 2020, at the museum.

Also to highlight, the hours of operations are changing and are outlined on the back of the brochure.

You can connect with Midway Village Museum in several different ways! Visit the website for frequent updates at www.midwayvillage.com.

Question? Call 815-397-9112.

Join Midway Village Museum and Rockford Public Library staff as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification o...
01/08/2020

Join Midway Village Museum and Rockford Public Library staff as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a children’s storytime! This event is free to the public and registration is not required. More dates to come!

Children's Storytime Programs
Saturday, January 25 . Rock River Branch
Saturday, March 14 . Rockton Centre Branch
Saturday, August 15 . Hart Interim Branch

Support for this program is provided by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

It's officially 2020 which means it's the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment! Midway is gearing up for HERstory: Wo...
01/08/2020

It's officially 2020 which means it's the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment! Midway is gearing up for HERstory: Women Who Dared.

This celebration of women's history will feature presentations during the event. Ann Bausum will present on woman's suffrage, focusing on the closing decade of the fight. She writes about history for readers of all ages from her home in southern Wisconsin. She works to make history feel alive and irresistible even for reluctant readers.

Bausum’s fourteen books appear frequently on lists of recommended and notable titles and have earned numerous awards. In 2017, the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., honored the body of Bausum’s work with its venerable Nonfiction Award.

For more event information visit www.tinyurl.com/HERstory2020.

New Hours at Midway Village MuseumNow Open Sundays!The Main Museum Center is open year round, and the Victorian Village ...
01/04/2020

New Hours at Midway Village Museum
Now Open Sundays!

The Main Museum Center is open year round, and the Victorian Village is a seasonal experience opening this year as a free day on Saturday, May 2. The Main Museum Center offers 20,000 square feet of exhibit space with permanent and temporary exhibits.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
Jan 2 – May 1
Wednesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
The Victorian Village is open by appointment only; and is closed for the season.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
May 2 – June 3
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Victorian Village Tours:
Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Last tour begins at 3 pm.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
June 4 – August 30
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Victorian Village Tours:
Thursday – Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Last tour begins at 3 pm.

Museum Center, Mill House, Old Doll’s House and Museum Store:
September 2 – December 31
Wednesday – Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
The Victorian Village is open by appointment only; and is closed for the season.

General Admissions
General Admission. Main Museum Center
$7 Adult
$5 Child (ages 3-17)
Free Infant (ages 0-2)

General Admission
Main Museum Center & Victorian Village Tours
$8 Adult
$6 Child (ages 3-17)
Free Infant (ages 0-2)

The Victorian Village Tours are a seasonal experience. The Victorian Village is open May 2 – August 30.
Check tour hours above.

Midway Village Museum Members receive free admission to the Main Museum Center and the Victorian Village during regular hours of operations.

The museum is closed: New Year’s Day, January 1; Easter, April 12; Thanksgiving, November 26; Christmas Eve, December 24 and Christmas Day, December 25. The museum also closes at Noon the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25.

6799 Guilford Road . Rockford . IL 61107
815-397-9112
www. midwayvillage.com

Questions, 815-397-9112.

Pictured: The Blue Garden with early blooming Iris flowers and the 1905 Red Barn in the background.

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's cons...
01/04/2020

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote! To celebrate this milestone, Midway Village Museum will be hosting a family-friendly event on February 22, 2020.

HERstory: Women Who Dared
Discover a diverse cast of fierce women who fought society’s rules and blazed trails as artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and inventors. This event will highlight powerful women throughout local and national history.

Buy your tickets today at www.midwayvillage.com!
Admission:
$8 adults
$6 child ages (ages 3-17)
Free Infants ages (ages 0-2)
Free Midway Village Museum Members

We’re excited to “row” into the New Year with our first #flashbackfriday post of 2020!This image shows some of the Rockf...
01/03/2020

We’re excited to “row” into the New Year with our first #flashbackfriday post of 2020!

This image shows some of the Rockford Boat Club members patting in a canoe on the Rock River looking west - the Rockford Water Works can be seen in the center of the background. The Rockford Boat Club often held annual canoe races, competing against other area boat clubs.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

~ Private Banquet Rooms Available To Rent ~Private banquet rooms at Midway Village include complimentary admission into ...
12/27/2019

~ Private Banquet Rooms Available To Rent ~

Private banquet rooms at Midway Village include complimentary admission into the museum gallery adding an educating and entertaining element to your special event. Call Lisa today for availability. [email protected] or 815-397-9112, ext. 114.

Our last #flashbackfriday of 2019 – we just skated though the year! A special thanks to our followers for all of the sup...
12/27/2019

Our last #flashbackfriday of 2019 – we just skated though the year! A special thanks to our followers for all of the support throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for Midway Village Museum!

During the winter, the Rock River became a popular place for citizens to ice skate. This photograph was taken directly north of the State Street bridge looking east, where the Rockford Wholesale Grocery building can be seen in the background.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view around 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Newly Engaged?  Midway Village is the most UNIQUE rustic venue in the Rockford area.  Have it all in one convenient loca...
12/20/2019

Newly Engaged?

Midway Village is the most UNIQUE rustic venue in the Rockford area. Have it all in one convenient location. Book now and receive FREE wedding ceremony chair rental ($3.60 per chair value). Call (815)397-9112 x:114 or email Lisa at [email protected].

Happy Holidays Facebook followers! Check out this #flashbackfriday to kick off your holiday festivities. Women and child...
12/20/2019

Happy Holidays Facebook followers! Check out this #flashbackfriday to kick off your holiday festivities.

Women and children at Camp Grant gather together in front of a Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday season. It appears as though some of the adults are handing out small presents to each of the children waiting in line.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view around 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Introducing New Hours in 2020 at Midway Village MuseumDownload this useful handout to keep as we bring in the New Year, ...
12/19/2019

Introducing New Hours in 2020
at Midway Village Museum

Download this useful handout to keep as we bring in the New Year, and begin new hours of operations at the museum.

For up-to-date details on the museum, you can visit www.midwayvillage.com, or login to the social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The 2020 Calendar of Events schedule will be published and distributed the first week of January, 2020, and available as a download on Facebook, through the museum's email subscription and on the website. If you would like a copy emailed to you, send your email address to [email protected].

Questions, 815-397-9112, ext. 110.

Gift .  Gifts . GiftsIn The Museum Gift StoreAnd - Come See Rockford's Own On Display As One of The World's Largest Bobb...
12/18/2019

Gift . Gifts . Gifts
In The Museum Gift Store

And - Come See Rockford's Own On Display As One of The World's Largest Bobblehead NBA Star Fred VanVleet

The largest Fred VanVleet bobblehead, which measures in at three-feet-tall, is on display at the Museum Gift Store. A must see, the super-sized bobblehead is an honor reserved for the biggest stars and fan favorites, and Fred has earned himself a place in that category!

Fans and visitors are encouraged to come view and take photos with this rare and fun bobblehead in honor of one of Rockford's own and NBA star. Before helping lead the Toronto Raptors to the franchise’s first NBA title, VanVleet was a standout at Rockford’s Auburn High School and then helped lead the Wichita State Shockers to the 2013 Final Four.

The officially licensed bobbleheads, which are the first NBA bobbleheads of VanVleet, are available in the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and the Midway Village Museum Gift Store.

There are also a limited number of the regular-sized bobbleheads available at the Museum Gift Store and fans can place an order for the three-foot tall bobblehead at the museum as well.

The bobbleheads were produced by FOCO.

For details and questions about the Fred VanVleet bobblehead or other uniquely Rockford gifts, 815-397-9112.

Follow this link for the museum's hours http://midwayvillage.com/midway-hours-admission.html.

Season's Greetings From The Midway Village MusuemBoard of Directors and Staff
12/16/2019

Season's Greetings
From The
Midway Village Musuem
Board of Directors and Staff

~ Official Program Map for Victorian Holiday Celebration ~All visitors will receive a copy of the program map when arriv...
12/13/2019

~ Official Program Map for Victorian Holiday Celebration ~

All visitors will receive a copy of the program map when arriving to the special event this Saturday, December 14. The program map can also be downloaded for your use in-advance.

Special Note: Online registration is available until 3 pm Friday, December 13, for the Victorian Holiday Celebration with admission purchases available inside the Main Museum Center the day of the event Saturday, December 14. This special event is held in the Victorian Village, you must purchase your admission inside the Main Museum Center upon your arrival. Parking is free and available in the Main Museum Center parking lot.

Enjoy the holiday season, and experience traditions from the Civil War era. The Civil War shaped the way we celebrate the holiday season in the United States. The very popular, and timeless novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, also reflect these traditions and inspired the author.

Victorian Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 14 . 11 am to 4 pm
Admission may be purchased upon arrival to the special event.
Museum Members are free to attend.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

Brrr! Check out this icy #flashbackfriday post. Kent Creek is visible in this winter view looking west at the Illinois C...
12/13/2019

Brrr! Check out this icy #flashbackfriday post.

Kent Creek is visible in this winter view looking west at the Illinois Central Railroad station on South Main Street. The creek supplies water to the "fountain" at the center, which is spraying a light mist of water that is freezing. The depot is visible in the background along with waiting carriages and people.

Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view around 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections: http://midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html

Try your hand at making Civil War hardtack during Midway's Victorian Holiday Celebration this Saturday from 11am-4pm! Wh...
12/13/2019

Try your hand at making Civil War hardtack during Midway's Victorian Holiday Celebration this Saturday from 11am-4pm!

What were Civil War hardtack rations like?
“It was a plain flour-and-water biscuit. Two which I have in my possession as mementos measure three and one-eighth by two and seven-eighths inches, and are nearly half an inch thick. Although these biscuits were furnished to organizations by weight, they were dealt out to the men by number, nine constituting a ration in some regiments, and ten in others; but there were usually enough for those who wanted more, as some men would not draw them. While hardtack was nutritious, yet a hungry man could eat his ten in a short time and still be hungry." Written by John Billings, 10th Massachusetts Volunteer Light Artillery Battery. Excerpt taken from his memoir Hardtack and Coffee (1887).

Admission: $8 per adult, $6 per child (ages 3-17).
Museum members and Infants (ages 0-2) are Free. Admission includes entrance to Main Museum Center exhibits. Tickets can be purchased online at www.midwayvillage.com, Museum’s Gift Shop, or in the Museum Center at the day of the event. This is an all weather event — no refunds.

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6799 Guilford Rd
Rockford, IL
61107

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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.
Readers might be interested in the following that I've researched and written as part of a much longer chapter I'm writing on my great grandfather Henry Mead Skinner. George W. Ford was a prominent patent attorney in Rockford and one who witnessed, along with his son Charles S. Ford, Henry Mead Skinner's June 4, 1870 patent application for a device to improve a colter plow. Henry was awarded patent #107,298 on September 13, 1870. George’s father Calvin Ford was one of the 100+ Rockfordians, along with Henry, who went to Pike’s Peak in 1859, so the Fords and Skinners apparently had known each other for many years. In 1878 it was reported that George had a “fall from grace” and that he and a Mrs. Ellen A. Hale began an affair, found out, charged with bigamy and adultery, arrested and jailed for a time (Chicago Daily Inter Ocean, January 22, 1878). As the story goes Mrs. Hale claimed she had gotten a “Utah divorce” from Mr. Hale, a fact which later proved to be untrue. So actually she was not legally divorced when she and Mr. Ford began their affair and ultimately got married. A “Utah divorce” was procured in Utah under the law of that territory, which provides that anyone who is a resident of the territory, or wishes to become such, is entitled to the privileges of the law (Rockford Daily Register, January 21, 1878). That basis was thrown out by the court since neither Ford nor Hale ever lived in Utah nor had any intention to do so. Ford’s and Hale’s cases on bigamy and adultery came up in May 1879 (Rockford Daily Register, May 8, 1878). They dragged out the case by not compromising to settle, seeking a change of venue to Stephenson County, and finally in mid-December 1879 they decided it was no use any longer to continue to “kick against the pricks” (Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette, December 19, 1879). “Kicking against the pricks” comes from a Greek proverb, but it was also familiar to the Jews and anyone who made a living in agriculture. An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the animal to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered. Thus, the proverb “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” (https://www.gotquestions.org/kick-against-the-pricks.html). Mr. Ford was sentenced on December 23, 1879 to 2 years plus $600 for his crimes. (Rockford Daily Register, December 26, 1879). Mrs. Ellen (Hale) Ford was also sentenced to 2 years but granted a new trial (Chicago Daily Inter Ocean, December 15, 1879). Martha Ford commenced divorce proceedings against George Ford on the “grounds of adulterous cohabitation” with Ellen Hale (Rockford Weekly Gazette, October 1, 1879) and were legally divorced in 1879 (Rockford Daily Register, October 24, 1879). During the period 1878-79 Mrs. Ford resided with her longtime friends at Henry and Nellie Skinner’s house at 1003 Main St.(Rockford Daily Register, January 21, 1878).