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Midway Village Museum Operations Update Related To The COVID-19 VirusMidway Village Museum continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 virus and its impacts on the museum industry. As of Friday, November 20, new State of Illinois mandates require museums in Illinois to close until the COVID-19 safety concerns are re-evaluated on December 4. Please check back regularly about our hours of operations as COVID-19 conditions have been changing throughout the year.All special events, programs, activities, field trips, tours and other activities are now closed to the public. See below for cancelled or postponed activities/events. Any changes will be posted publicly.At Midway Village Museum, our goal is to keep staff, volunteers and the public safe.. CancelledLamplight Evening ToursSaturday, December 2. 9. & 12Christmas in the TrenchesSaturday, December 12. SuspendedFree Weekend ToursSaturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22The Main Museum Center is closed Friday, November 20 through Friday, December 4, when a re-evaluation by the State of Illinois will take place in regard to COIVD-19 safety concerns.The staff at the museum is following Center for Disease Control guidelines to avoid further spread of the virus:. Stay home if you are sick. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. Maintain
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Posted on November 20, 2020

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Midway Village Museum Operations Update

Related To The COVID-19 Virus

Midway Village Museum continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 virus and its impacts on the museum industry. As of Friday, November 20, new State of Illinois mandates require museums in Illinois to close until the COVID-19 safety concerns are re-evaluated on December 4. Please check back regularly about our hours of operations as COVID-19 conditions have been changing throughout the year.

All special events, programs, activities, field trips, tours and other activities are now closed to the public. See below for cancelled or postponed activities/events. Any changes will be posted publicly.

At Midway Village Museum, our goal is to keep staff, volunteers and the public safe.

. Cancelled

Lamplight Evening Tours

Saturday, December 2. 9. & 12

Christmas in the Trenches

Saturday, December 12

. Suspended

Free Weekend Tours

Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22

The Main Museum Center is closed Friday, November 20 through Friday, December 4, when a re-evaluation by the State of Illinois will take place in regard to COIVD-19 safety concerns.

The staff at the museum is following Center for Disease Control guidelines to avoid further spread of the virus:

. Stay home if you are sick

. Cover your coughs and sneezes

. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

. Maintain "social distance" by at least 6 feet between you and another person

. Do not plan or attend large gatherings/parties or group meetings

The safety of our community, and all those who visit and are part of the museum team remains our highest priority. The museum will provide updates on its operations to staff, visitors, re-enactors, educators, members, volunteers and others affiliated with museum operations.

Should you have further questions, please email admin@midwayvillage.com.

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November 19, 2020

A Holiday Luncheon FeaturingA Taste of the Lincolns' Favorite RecipesSaturday, December 121 pmA Live Zoom Broadcast PresentationTraditions are very much a part of Christmas, and many Christmas customs of today are traditions dating back to the Victorian-era from 1840 through the turn of the 20th century. Since the American Civil War took place during this time period of 1861 - 1865, President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln began many trends that are still seen in modern times.Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a luncheon of the Lincolns' favorite foods while learning about customs and the origins of the past. This program will lift your holiday spirit!Costumed presenters are the award-winning, professional re-enactors Max and Donna Daniels portraying the President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.Cost: $45 per person$40 per Museum MembersPurchase reservations online at www.midwayvillage.com, by phone at 815-397-9112 or at the museum's Front Desk. You must register by Monday, December 7. Reservation numbers on Monday, December 7, will determine whether A Taste of the Lincoln’s Favorite Recipes will be presented.The event needs a minimum of 20 attendees to be presented.The lunch consists of the Lincolns' favorite meal of Chicken Fricasse, biscuits, potatoes and mixed vegetables. Dessert is a slice of Apple Pie.The carryout lunch and dessert will be available for pickup at Machine Shed of Rockford before the presentation until 11:30 am. Attendees will watch the live broadcast of the one-hour presentation beginning at 1 pm via Zoom.Complete details are provided with your confirmation email following your registration.Questions? Contact Caitlin Treece, 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or educator@midwayvillage.com.

November 19, 2020

Midway Village Museum December Hours!

Midway Village Museum December Hours!

Ranked by visitors to Northern Illinois as a top attraction, Midway Village Museum is an authentic experience combining history, heritage and the exhibition of artifacts to create an unforgettable, educational visitor experience.During December the Midway Village Museum Main Museum Center is open to the public with modified hours and with small groups of 10 only allowed inside the museum center.  Visitors have the chance to view many permanent exhibits in the Main Museum Center featuring the "Many Faces, One Community" immigrant experience exhibit. These are self-guided and is a walk through experience of the Main Museum Center exhibit galleries. Additionally, many other exhibits feature early pioneer life in Rockford, the sock monkey and its ties to manufacturing and the Rockford Peaches.  Free guided weekend tours are available through Sunday, November 22. Reservations are also required for these tours and are also on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation for the two hour free guided weekend tour click here https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/midwayvillage/items/265960/?full-items=yes&flow=59316. Museum Members are free, however reservations at this time are required. Members may call the Front Desk and speak to a museum representative to make a reservation. Call 815-397-9112.All social distancing protocols are required by visitors to the museum campus at this time. Tours will be in groups of 10 people or less. Everyone on the museum campus must wear a mask. Advance registration is required.Visitors arriving to the museum with no reservations are on a first come-first served basis.Check the museum website for any hours of operation changes which may possibly occur due to COVID-19 guidelines.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

November 13, 2020

Take a peek at this week’s Flashback Friday.In 1910, houses on Seventh Avenue lined a dirt road. The main transportation was still horse-drawn wagons and buggies. But if you needed to walk to where you were going there were sidewalks at the ready. This may have been newly completed construction.Follow the link below to view over 3,800 images through our Online Digital Collections: https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net

November 13, 2020

November 12, 2020

Executive Director David Byrnes talks to ComCast Newsmakers host Paul Lisnek about Midway Village Museum. Learn about the museum's exhibits and Victorian Village as well as the safety precautions to keep visitors safe during this time. Click on this link to view the video: https://comcastnewsmakers.com/Videos/2020/10/16/David-Byrnes.For more details, www.midwayvillage.com or call 815-397-9112.

November 12, 2020

~ Harlem Veteran Project ~On this Veteran's Day, you may want to take the opportunity to get to know many veterans in our area through the on-going Harlem Veteran Project.Although we are unable to host an in-person event to showcase videos produced this year as in the past due to the restrictions of COVID-19, we are able to provide you with links to the many documentaries produced over the years by the students involved in this community project.At this time, we want to thank all of Rockford’s Vietnam Veterans for their selfless service to our country in addition to the other Veterans who also were willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our country.We encourage you to view the many documentaries available on YouTube created and produced by Harlem High School students to tell the stories of our local veterans. View these videos, by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist...Newly produced this year is a virtual ceremony in memory of our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. To view this video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPrM6p8XvV8.To learn more about the Harlem Veteran Project click this link:https://www.facebook.com/HarlemVeteranProject.#harlemveteranproject

November 11, 2020

A Veteran's Day Ceremony11 am Wednesday, November 11Location: LZ Peace Memorial 6799 Guilford Road, RockfordJust west of the Midway Village Museum Main Museum Center along the Rec Path. Park near the Rec Path parking.A ceremony to honor military veterans will take place at 11 am Wednesday, November 11, at the LZ Peace Memorial in Rockford. The ceremony is planned by our area Vietnam Veterans and will include beautiful music performed by Marine Colonel Dan McDade. Please plan to use safe social distance practices and wear a mask if you plan to attend.To learn more about the LZ Peace Memorial visit, https://www.lzpeace.org/.

November 9, 2020

November 6, 2020

Float away with us on Flashback Friday!The Rockford Boat Club private dock was across the Rock River from Rockford Brewing Company.Follow the link below to view over 3,800 images through our Online Digital Collections: https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net

November 6, 2020

Good News! Our Collections and Maintenance & Operations staff has moved all of the Camp Grant acquisitions back to Midway Village Museum from the Camp Grant Museum auction. Now begins the organizing and cataloguing.

November 6, 2020

~ Camp Grant Collection Thank You ~A big thank you to all of you who donated to help Midway Village Museum acquire treasures from The Camp Grant Museum. The collection was auctioned off October 31-November 1, 2020. Thanks to generous donations from our community we were able to raise about $22,000 to save some of the artifacts that tell the story of Rockford’s Camp Grant. We were able to win many of the items in which we were interested. Some of our favorite include the sign from the Camp Grant Bus Depot, aerial photos and maps of the camp in different years, the last flag to fly over Camp Grant, souvenir items, and LOTS of photos of soldiers and camp activities. The next step will be to move all the items to Midway Village Museum and then we will begin cataloguing the collection. Stay tuned for updates.Contributions can still be made to help support the cataloguing, digitizing and eventual display of these artifacts and archives. You can donate to the cause by credit card or paypal at http://www.midwayvillage.com/support-midway.html. Select “Camp Grant Collection Fund” in the dropdown menu named “Donation Type” in the middle of the website landing page. To donate by check, make your check out to Midway Village Museum with “Camp Grant” on the memo line and send to Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford 61107. Thank you for helping preserve Rockford's history!

November 2, 2020

Free Guided Weekend Tours at Midway Village Museum

Free Guided Weekend Tours at Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum will open its Victorian Village and Main Museum Center free to the public as a special way to say we are sorry for any frustration visitors felt when trying to come out to the recent All Hallows' Eve Drive Thru special event.The museum is opening its doors for visitors to come and enjoy a free two-hour guided experience in both the Victorian Village and Main Museum Center.The free weekend tours are available on the dates listed below:Saturday, October 31.Sunday, November 1Saturday, November 7Sunday, November 8Saturday, November 14Sunday, November 15Saturday, November 21Sunday, November 22Tours Begin At 10 am . 11 am . 1 pm . 2 pmVisitors will enjoy a seasonal guided tour and walk through the permanent exhibits inside the Main Museum Center, with an Interpreter in period costume discussing a variety of aspects of Rockford history including life during the years 1890 to 1910. A history Interpreter will guide the entire two-hour tour.The two-hour tour begins at the Main Museum Center Front LobbyVisitors and Museum Members must make a reservation byordering complimentary tickets online athttps://tinyurl.com/freetourweekendsatMidway or calling 815-397-9112.All social distancing protocols are required by visitors to the museum campus. Tours will be in groups of 25 people or less. Everyone on the museum campus must wear a mask. Advance registration is required.Visitors arriving with no reservations go the touron a first come, first served basis.ginning of the hour, a costumed history interpreter will greet you.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

November 1, 2020

It’s a bat’s eye view for this week’s Flashback Friday!Aerial view looking northwest along East State Street. Fairview Avenue crosses East State Street at left. Alpine Road crosses East State Street at the bottom center. The E shaped building is The Alpine Inn at 4404 East State Street, near the intersection of East State Street and North Alpine Road.Follow the link below to view over 3,800 images through our Online Digital Collections: https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net

October 30, 2020

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