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.

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Spend quality time with the Dads in your life this Flashback Friday. Here the Dailey family gathers around dear old dad ...
06/18/2021

Spend quality time with the Dads in your life this Flashback Friday. Here the Dailey family gathers around dear old dad in
1961.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

Spend quality time with the Dads in your life this Flashback Friday. Here the Dailey family gathers around dear old dad in
1961.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

Educator Appreciation DaySunday, July 25, 2021Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you fo...
06/17/2021

Educator Appreciation Day
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you for teaching our students through the pandemic year of 2020-2021!

Tour Times On The Hour
11 am . Noon . 1 pm . 2 pm . 3 pm

Enjoy a guided tour presented by a costumed history interpreter of the 13-acre Victorian Village.

. Discover resources available at the museum to engage your students
. View the permanent exhibits in the Main Museum Center as a self-guided tour
. Make a vintage craft
. Try your chance to win a special gift drawing
. View the Camp Grant preview exhibit
. Bring a picnic to enjoy your lunch on the beautiful grounds
. ID required upon entry

To Register
Advanced registration is recommended by calling the museum and speaking with a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. You may also attend with no reservations, however the hourly guided tours are on a first come, first served basis.

You may also make your reservations for ticket purchases by calling 815-397-9112 and speaking with a Front Desk representative.

Educator Appreciation Day
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you for teaching our students through the pandemic year of 2020-2021!

Tour Times On The Hour
11 am . Noon . 1 pm . 2 pm . 3 pm

Enjoy a guided tour presented by a costumed history interpreter of the 13-acre Victorian Village.

. Discover resources available at the museum to engage your students
. View the permanent exhibits in the Main Museum Center as a self-guided tour
. Make a vintage craft
. Try your chance to win a special gift drawing
. View the Camp Grant preview exhibit
. Bring a picnic to enjoy your lunch on the beautiful grounds
. ID required upon entry

To Register
Advanced registration is recommended by calling the museum and speaking with a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. You may also attend with no reservations, however the hourly guided tours are on a first come, first served basis.

You may also make your reservations for ticket purchases by calling 815-397-9112 and speaking with a Front Desk representative.

Shout Out About Grant To Expand Our Digital Resources!Grant Project Expands Museum’s Digital Resources of Rockford’s Dev...
06/14/2021

Shout Out About Grant To Expand Our Digital Resources!

Grant Project Expands Museum’s Digital Resources of
Rockford’s Development and Redevelopment

In June 2020 Midway Village Museum was the recipient of a grant of $2,873 from the Illinois Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB).

This project allowed the museum to digitize 1,500 images and documents for addition to it’s online collection. They are available through the Museum’s website at http://www.midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html.

The 1,200 color slides of Rockford’s urban renewal and redevelopment efforts from 1964-2002 were a major part of the project. Taken by Community Development Department staff of the City of Rockford from the mid-1960s through the 1990s, they include systematic surveys of downtown buildings, historic districts and neighborhoods that were completed to assist with city planning. These images were captured during the decades that central Rockford was experiencing major changes: downtown business declined as suburban shopping malls thrived, construction of a federal highway east of downtown led to a near abandonment of the central city, and construction of new public buildings led to the demolition of many structures.

Also, part of the project were 300 receipts and business documents from 1834-1884 belonged to Charles I. Horsman. Mr. Horsman arrived in Rockford in 1837 and spent decades as a banker and merchant. The documents include supply orders for construction projects in the heart of the town, receipts for club dues, subscriptions to local newspapers, and itemized receipts from local businesses. There are grocery bills, carriage repair bills and receipts for coal.

These documents and images bring the museums online collection to more than 5,000 items that researchers can access online. These include Civil War letters, oral histories with immigrant families, and photos of Rockford buildings, neighborhoods and residents.

“We are very fortunate to expand our digital resources to the public with this grant,” said Laura Furman, Chief Curator of Midway Village Museum. “This makes items in our archives accessible to researchers at all times, regardless of whether the museum is open during regular business hours.”

It's World Wide Knit in Public Day!  The local knitting group, Rockn' Knitters, came to Midway Village Museum today to b...
06/12/2021

It's World Wide Knit in Public Day!

The local knitting group, Rockn' Knitters, came to Midway Village Museum today to be a part of a world wide initiative to promote knitting. The group members said Midway Village Museum was a natural location to pick because of the history stories told at the museum related to the knitting industry in Rockford.

World Wide Knit in Public Day started in 2005 and always takes place on the second Saturday of June. The day began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. Our local Rockford group meets regularly and is open to new members.

Lookout below—it’s Flashback Friday!In September 1978 the Empire Building at 206 South Main Street was demolished in pre...
06/11/2021

Lookout below—it’s Flashback Friday!
In September 1978 the Empire Building at 206 South Main Street was demolished in preparation for construction of
the Rockford Metro Centre.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

Lookout below—it’s Flashback Friday!
In September 1978 the Empire Building at 206 South Main Street was demolished in preparation for construction of
the Rockford Metro Centre.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

06/10/2021
Welcome Olivia Covert!Midway Village Museum is announcing Olivia Covert as its new Fund Development Manager.  In this po...
06/09/2021

Welcome Olivia Covert!

Midway Village Museum is announcing Olivia Covert as its new Fund Development Manager. In this position, Olivia is responsible for coordinating the organization’s Membership Program, planning events related to fundraising, grant writing, sponsorship solicitation and the database management of fundraising activities.

“We are very delighted to have Olivia join the museum’s team of professionals” said Patrick O’Keefe, Executive Director of Midway Village Museum. “She has the right personality, educational background and experience to work with our community and supporters to advance the museum’s fundraising efforts.”

Olivia brings to the museum knowledge from the non-profit sector and museum industry to Midway Village Museum. In her previous position, as Education and Development Coordinator for the German American Heritage Center & Museum of Davenport, Iowa, she had a broad range of museum industry responsibilities including planning events, development of outreach programs, organizing volunteers and leading social media campaigns. Prior to that, Olivia was a graduate intern for the Clock, Inc LGBT Community Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

Olivia received a Master’s of Arts in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University in December, 2020 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in German Education from Augustana College in May, 2017.

Olivia began her position with the museum in June and can be reached at 815-397-9112, ext. 109 or [email protected].

Welcome Olivia Covert!

Midway Village Museum is announcing Olivia Covert as its new Fund Development Manager. In this position, Olivia is responsible for coordinating the organization’s Membership Program, planning events related to fundraising, grant writing, sponsorship solicitation and the database management of fundraising activities.

“We are very delighted to have Olivia join the museum’s team of professionals” said Patrick O’Keefe, Executive Director of Midway Village Museum. “She has the right personality, educational background and experience to work with our community and supporters to advance the museum’s fundraising efforts.”

Olivia brings to the museum knowledge from the non-profit sector and museum industry to Midway Village Museum. In her previous position, as Education and Development Coordinator for the German American Heritage Center & Museum of Davenport, Iowa, she had a broad range of museum industry responsibilities including planning events, development of outreach programs, organizing volunteers and leading social media campaigns. Prior to that, Olivia was a graduate intern for the Clock, Inc LGBT Community Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

Olivia received a Master’s of Arts in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University in December, 2020 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in German Education from Augustana College in May, 2017.

Olivia began her position with the museum in June and can be reached at 815-397-9112, ext. 109 or [email protected].

The public is invited to attend this program organized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonist...
06/04/2021

The public is invited to attend this program organized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists:

Grave Marking Ceremony
for Julia C. Lathrop
1 pm Thursday, June 10
Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford

Details are provide below with a map of the ceremony site location.
Questions? Email [email protected]

Let’s go to the Fair!In 1871 Local banker C.I. Horsman used this ticket for the 17th Annual Fair of the Winnebago County...
06/04/2021

Let’s go to the Fair!
In 1871 Local banker C.I. Horsman used this ticket for the 17th Annual Fair of the Winnebago County Agricultural
Society. The ticket is one of 280 receipts and document from early Rockford now available for viewing as part of our
online collections.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/collections/show/34

Let’s go to the Fair!
In 1871 Local banker C.I. Horsman used this ticket for the 17th Annual Fair of the Winnebago County Agricultural
Society. The ticket is one of 280 receipts and document from early Rockford now available for viewing as part of our
online collections.
View over 5,200 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/collections/show/34

06/03/2021
Educator Appreciation DaySunday, July 25, 2021Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you fo...
06/01/2021

Educator Appreciation Day
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you for teaching our students through the pandemic year of 2020-2021!

Tour Times On The Hour
11 am . Noon . 1 pm . 2 pm . 3 pm

Enjoy a guided tour presented by a costumed history interpreter of the 13-acre Victorian Village.

. Discover resources available at the museum to engage your students
. View the permanent exhibits in the Main Museum Center as a self-guided tour
. Make a vintage craft
. Try your chance to win a special gift drawing
. View the Camp Grant preview exhibit
. Bring a picnic a to enjoy your lunch on the beautiful grounds
. ID required upon entry
. Bike Racks available

To Register
Advanced registration is recommended by calling the museum and speaking with a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. You may also attend with no reservations, however the hourly guided tours are on a first come, first served basis.

You may also make your reservations for ticket purchases by calling 815-397-9112 and speaking with a Front Desk representative.

Educator Appreciation Day
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Free Admission for Educators & Their Families as a way to say thank you for teaching our students through the pandemic year of 2020-2021!

Tour Times On The Hour
11 am . Noon . 1 pm . 2 pm . 3 pm

Enjoy a guided tour presented by a costumed history interpreter of the 13-acre Victorian Village.

. Discover resources available at the museum to engage your students
. View the permanent exhibits in the Main Museum Center as a self-guided tour
. Make a vintage craft
. Try your chance to win a special gift drawing
. View the Camp Grant preview exhibit
. Bring a picnic a to enjoy your lunch on the beautiful grounds
. ID required upon entry
. Bike Racks available

To Register
Advanced registration is recommended by calling the museum and speaking with a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. You may also attend with no reservations, however the hourly guided tours are on a first come, first served basis.

You may also make your reservations for ticket purchases by calling 815-397-9112 and speaking with a Front Desk representative.

Memorial Day Ceremonyat the LZ Peace Memorial11 am Monday, May 31LZ Peace MemorialThe community is invited to attend.  T...
05/28/2021

Memorial Day Ceremony
at the LZ Peace Memorial

11 am Monday, May 31
LZ Peace Memorial

The community is invited to attend. The location is the LZ Peace Memorial on the Recreation Path of the Midway Village Museum campus. Enter at the Recreation Path which is on the west side of the Main Museum Center entrance. Location: 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

For more information about the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society go to https://www.lzpeace.org/.

Memorial Day Ceremony
at the LZ Peace Memorial

11 am Monday, May 31
LZ Peace Memorial

The community is invited to attend. The location is the LZ Peace Memorial on the Recreation Path of the Midway Village Museum campus. Enter at the Recreation Path which is on the west side of the Main Museum Center entrance. Location: 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

For more information about the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society go to https://www.lzpeace.org/.

It’s Flashback Friday, AND. . . a Holiday Weekend!These kids were having a ball  at the 1954 Elco company picnic. They e...
05/28/2021

It’s Flashback Friday, AND. . . a Holiday Weekend!

These kids were having a ball at the 1954 Elco company picnic. They even took home prizes.

Follow the link below to view over 4,800 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

It’s Flashback Friday, AND. . . a Holiday Weekend!

These kids were having a ball at the 1954 Elco company picnic. They even took home prizes.

Follow the link below to view over 4,800 images through our Online Digital Collections:
https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

05/27/2021
A Special Members Exclusive Drop-in Program Tomorrow, Thursday, May 2711 am to 1 pmView The First Heritage Gardens In Bl...
05/26/2021

A Special Members Exclusive
Drop-in Program Tomorrow, Thursday, May 27
11 am to 1 pm

View The First Heritage Gardens In Bloom
This Season As A Drop-in Museum Program
In The Victorian Village
Check-in & Enter Through Gate C

This is exclusively for the museum members and offered free as a membership benefit. Registration is not required, just enter near Gate C. Seasonal changes are wonderful occurrences that can be anticipated and enjoyed. Peak blooming times at the Historic Gardens at Midway Village Museum Center are a wonderful way to observe what is on nature’s calendar for the month of May. Join us to view three springtime spaces including the Cottage, Moonlight and Iris Gardens.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

05/25/2021
Midway Village Museum

Be A Part Of The Summer Tradition

The Summer Day Camp experience for children is like no other and has been part of the museum's summertime programming for more than two decades! Day campers enjoy fun and learning in a safe and interesting environment all summer long.

For complete details on each weekly theme or to register, go to http://midwayvillage.com/summer-day-camps.html.

If you have specific questions, the museum's Educator Caitlin Treece is happy to answer any questions. You can contact her at 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or [email protected].

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

As Seen on WIFR TVThis past weekend, Midway Village Museum hosted its Tour of Duty:  World War I Reenactment Weekend.  T...
05/24/2021
Midway Village hosts World War 1 Reenactment Days

As Seen on WIFR TV
This past weekend, Midway Village Museum hosted its Tour of Duty: World War I Reenactment Weekend. The special event was re-tooled from its original format this year into guided two-hour tours with a narrated battle as the finale to the visitor experience.

Learn more about the event from this news story featured on WIFR-TV: https://www.wifr.com/2021/05/24/midway-village-hosts-world-war-1-reenactment-day/.

While many of us learn about history through books, one area museum gave people the chance to experience what life was like more than a century ago.

Address

6799 Guilford Rd
Rockford, IL
61107

General information

ALL photographs posted to the Midway Village Museum Facebook by visitors to the museum campus or page visitors are all public and may be used for promotional materials including social media, print collateral or broadcasting purposes.

Telephone

(815) 397-9112

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Comments

This event is so unorganized
Just a recommendation, but the the cars parked back in the 2nd part of the line (from the beginning) parking lot” it would be nice if their was a volunteer letting people know how long of a wait we have. There are a bunch of people leaving and others moving into their closer spots.......
With things slowly getting back to normal it's time to start thinking about booking programs for your library, museum, historical society etc. While we much prefer live, in person performances, virtual events are possible. Please check out our newly updated web site and links to YouTube video clips on the program pages. www.historicalfirstimpressions.com also our page https://www.facebook.com/Historical-First-Impressions-368216830438020 Contact [email protected]
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 ......
Check out this video of our 100 AMP in-ground pop-up enclosure box for food trucks, concert setup, museums and more. It’s designed to be completely hidden underground and covered with any type of material including decking, turf, xeriscape landscaping etc… learn more @ hiddenelectrical.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4YlAl-c6a0
Christmas in the Trenches at Midway Village.
The event was great! Highly recommended.
Guy Forsyth, written by John McCutcheon. https://youtu.be/Xc9a7IjA_kk.