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It's EMS/First Responders Appreciation Day at Midway Village MuseumSunday, May 1611 am to 4 pmTour Times VaryFree Admission For complete details, or to book a reservation online go to www.midwayvillage.com.  Please share the posted flyer with your family or friends working as EMS/First Responders.  Questions?  Call 815-397-9112.
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Posted on April 6, 2021

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It's EMS/First Responders Appreciation Day

at Midway Village Museum


Sunday, May 16

11 am to 4 pm


Tour Times Vary


Free Admission


For complete details, or to book a reservation online go to www.midwayvillage.com. Please share the posted flyer with your family or friends working as EMS/First Responders.


Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

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Tour of Duty: World War I Re-enactment WeekendSaturday, May 22Sunday, May 23Location: Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, ILSession Times Vary9:15 am . 9:30 am . 9:45 am . 1:30 pm . 1:45 pm . 2 pmGo on your own tour of duty as a visitor to this new immersive experience depicting 1914-1918. Visitors will be guided in small groups through history displays including authentic and replica vehicles, artifact exhibits, and presentations by more than 100 World War I re-enactors.The finale to the two-hour tour is a 1/2 hour narrated battle showcasing trench warfare. Visitors must follow social distancing protocols in place at the time of this special event. Everyone visiting the museum campus must wear a mask. Light refreshments and snacks available for purchase.Re-enactors will provide history-related exhibits and presentations showcasing a variety of aspects of The Great War including these topics: 1918 Flu Pandemic Suffrage Propaganda Plays Sgt Stubby the War Dog – Saturday Only Animals in War/Red Star Animal Veteran Corp – Sunday Only French Schneider Tank replica World War I Model Airplane Display 353rd German Infantry Regiment EncampmentLimited reservations are available for this guided tour re-enactment. Member registration begins Monday, March 29 Registration for all begins Monday, April 5. This special event format for 2021 is replacing the annual Great War: World War I at Midway Village.Cost$14 Adults$8 Child (ages 3-17)Infants (ages 0-2) are FreeMuseum Members are FreeAdmission Ticket and Your Reservation: online at www.midwayvillage.com or call 815-397-9112 Visit the Museum Gift StoreMembers may call the museum and should talk to a Front Desk representative or email store@midwayvillage.com with your name, phone number and ticket quantity. Your admission ticket includes entry into the Main Museum Center exhibit galleries offering more than 15,000 square feet of artifact and stories of the past to also explore.Important Re-enactment Details:As this is a timed special event it is important to arrive on time. Wear walking shoes for the tour and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event. Parking is free. The museum is taking advance reservation for this timed re-enactment and limited reservations are available.Parking For Museum Members:The Main Museum Center parking lot is designated for Museum Members, with Gate B the point of entry and check-in.Parking for General Public Visitors:The Rec Path Parking area is a grassy lot adjacent to the Main Museum Center. Visitors will enter off Guilford Road just west of the Midway Village Museum main gate entrance. Look for signs when arriving. General Public Visitors will check-in at the Water Tower gate entrance off the Rec Path.Bike RacksThere are three bicycle racks on the museum campus as amenities for those riding bicycles to experience the museum’s events, tours and other activities. These bike racks are prominently placed near the Main Museum Center front doors, and the gate entrances to the Victorian Village off the Recreation Path, and near the Old Doll’s House.If you are planning to purchase tickets for both event dates, Midway Village Museum in conjunction with area hotels offer discount overnight lodging rates. To learn more go to https://www.midwayvillage.com/hotel-packages.htmlIf you are interested in becoming a Midway Village Museum Member, go to https://www.midwayvillage.com/midway-membership.html.This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.Questions? Call 815-397-9112, ext. 106.

April 7, 2021

Meet Katie TownsendNew Garden Historian "I am in my happy place when there is mud on my boots, and I am working with a dedicated team," she said. "This is one reason I am excited to work at Midway Village Museum." An undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management/ Forestry from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point led Katie into the timberlands of Wisconsin as well as her passion to preserve natural heritage lands. She went on to become an educator, naturalist and program director for various non–profit agencies. Katie built a team of volunteers and staff to assist her in maintaining many gardens while teaching education programs on a variety of different topics.Katie will begin to work with the dedicated and hard working Thursday morning garden volunteers at the museum, and she is introducing a new volunteer opportunity on Saturday mornings for individuals wanting to volunteer but may have other commitments on Thursday mornings. The details are below:First Saturday of the MonthNew Volunteer Opportunity in the Heritage GardensWhen: May-OctoberTime: 9 amMeeting Location: Gate B, near the entrance of the Victorian Village RSVP To: historicalgardens@midwayvillage.comIf you have an interest in the new First Saturdays volunteer opportunity, you may register directly with Katie by emailing her at heritagegardens@midwayvillage.com. She will follow-up by providing further details to anyone with an interest in the Heritage Garden program.If you have additional questions, call 815-397-9112.

April 5, 2021

Happy Easter weekend!St. Patrick's Church and School, at West State Street and Royal Avenue. c. 1930s-1940s.Follow the link below to view over dozens of historic images of Rockford churches and places of worship through our Online Digital Collections: https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/...

April 2, 2021

Special Events Coordinator Position OpeningMidway Village Museum is seeking a creative, dynamic person to develop and produce public special events.Midway Village Museum is Rockford’s history museum. Our mission: Midway Village Museum, the best 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. Midway Village Museum features a 148-acre campus, which includes 27 structures and also features a living history Victorian Village. More information can be found at www.midwayvillage.com.The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:Responsible for the planning, supervising and execution of a variety of special events at Midway Village Museum. Events include but are not limited to, Sock Monkey event, Civil War Hands-On History School Days, All Hallows Eve, World War II Days, and other living history programs. The Special Events Coordinator acts as the liaison with the Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford Park District, Rockford Fire Department, and the Historical Reenactment Society for all museum event needs. Work closely with the Director of Marketing to promote and evaluate events. Develop and manage annual budgets and budget for each event. Negotiate contracts and partnerships with performers, re-enactors and vendors.Work with other members of the staff and volunteers to ensure events are true to the Museum’s mission and values.College degree required. Knowledge of history, recreation, event planning preferred. Must have strong communication, interpersonal and project management skills. Prefer experience in museum setting and a strong team approach. This is a full-time position. Weekend and evening work will be required.To apply submit resume and three references to: laura.furman@midwayvillage.com or to Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. No phone calls please.

April 1, 2021

Fund Development Manager Position OpeningMidway Village Museum is seeking a creative, dynamic person lead its fund development efforts.Midway Village Museum is Rockford’s history museum. Our mission: Midway Village Museum, the best 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. Midway Village Museum features a 148-acre campus, which includes 27 structures and also features a living history Victorian Village. More information can be found at www.midwayvillage.com.Midway Village Museum seeks a Fund Development Manager to raise funds to support the organizations mission. Key responsibilities in the areas of grants, special events, sponsorships, annual drive and endowment development. Solicit funds from individuals, members, corporate, state funds and foundations. Maintains donor database, and leads the annual fund raiser.B.A. /B.S. preferred with good skills in software (Donor Perfect) and social media. Five years experience. Must have excellent communication skills for a team environment.Please apply to business manager, Midway Village Museum at businessmanager@midwayvillage.com.

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

Workers at the Mechanics Furniture Co., 1100 Seminary St. Established in 1890, by 1904 the employed twenty-four traveling salesmen who reached every part of the U.S. The company closed its doors in the mid to late 1930s.https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/...Browse over 4,900 images in our Online Digital Collections.

March 26, 2021

March 25, 2021

~ A fundraiser in support of Midway Village Museum ~This Bingo Night is being planned by various direct sales representatives in the region to support the mission of history education at the museum. The details of the Bingo Night are listed on the flyer. Questions? Please email the event coordinator at cmrobin@t6b.com.

March 24, 2021

Museum Escape Room

Museum Escape Room

Museum Escape RoomSaturday, March 27, 2021Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, RockfordSession Times Vary:9 am, 10 am, 11 am, Noon,1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pmGeared towards elementary-aged children, this new special event is designed with imagination and history clues for ages 5 through 10.Your child and their friends are digging through a trunk of dress-up clothes and end up falling through a long tunnel ending up trapped in a new location and time - the Rockford Train Station in the 1900s!Groups will have 30-45 minutes to solve a set of history clues to re-open the time tunnel and escape back to the present! Groups are 10 children per hour session.Registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Cost includes entry into the Main Museum Center exhibits. To make a reservation go to: https://fareharbor.com/.../midwayvillage/items/282484/....Cost$7 ChildMember Child FreeThis program is for ages 5 through 10.Members should call the museum and speak to a Front Desk representative to register at 815-397-9112.Parents must remain in the museum during the duration of the hour session and may opt to view the exhibits in the gallery by paying the $7 admission when arriving to the special event. Parents with a Museum Membership receive entry to the exhibits for free. Parents may choose to also wait in the museum lobby.Program registration begins on Monday, January 25 for Museum Members, with open registration for all beginning Monday, February 1. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 24, or until the program is filled to capacity.The museum is required to follow State of Illinois mandates regarding COVID-19 at the time of the special events and mask are required on the museum campus by all visitors.Questions? Contact Museum Educator Caitlin Treece, at 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or educator@midwayvillage.com.

March 23, 2021

History Exhibits Open: Self-Guided Tours at Midway Village Museum

History Exhibits Open: Self-Guided Tours at Midway Village Museum

Main Museum Center at Midway Village MuseumSelf-Guided Tours of the Gallery ExhibitsLocation: 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, only 1 mile east of I-90, on the east side of the City of Rockford.Tours begin on the hours at 10 am with the last tour of the day starting at 3 pm.The Main Museum Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays. The hours change seasonally at the museum.Closed: Monday and Tuesday.Visitors will walk through the museum's galleries and learn about the history o Rockford and Northern Illinois with stories and artifacts showcasing the Rockford Peaches, the iconic Sock Monkey and its relevance to the community and manufacturing, early immigration, and the impact of aviation in the city’s economy.Visitors also will learn additional stories of the past as they walk through the Many Faces, One Community gallery. This exhibit features stories of Rockford’s immigrants from 1834 to the present. Three new temporary exhibits are part of the tour highlighting early office technology, the Rockford IceHogs and the Korean War.Admission:$7 adults$5 childMidway Village Museum Members and children ages (2-17) are free.Reserve a tour online at https://fareharbor.com/.../midwayvillage/items/280007/.... Walk-in visitors are welcomed and accommodated on a first come, first served basis.The Victorian Village, a 13-acre outdoor living history museum, is a seasonal experience and will open on Thursday, April 15, with guided tours offered on the weekend until June 5 when guided tours are offered Tues - Sun.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.Check the museum's website for additional history resources and to learn more about the museum's galleries, exhibits, special events and rental opportunities.www.midwayvillage.com

March 23, 2021

Last week, Sock Monkey Nelson greeted the children at Rock House Kids as each learned about Rockford history from our museum staff and made festive crafts related to the iconic sock monkey.To learn more about the education programs at the museum, go to https://www.midwayvillage.com/k-12-education.html. The museum offers both in-person and virtual programs at the time.

March 22, 2021

It’s an elegant Flashback Friday this week!Diners celebrate Valspar's 160th anniversary in December 1966 in the Faust Hotel ballroom, 618-634 E. State St. Rockcote, established in Rockford in the 1920s, became part of Valspar in 1960.https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/...Browse over 4,900 images in our Online Digital Collections.

March 19, 2021

March 18, 2021

37th Annual Heritage Run

37th Annual Heritage Run

Due to COVID we have a new venue and a new distance!Join us at midway village for a 5 mile or 2 mile! We will be starting in waves and following all COVID guidelines. There will be no day of registration.runsignup.com/Race/IL/Rockford/HeritageRun10kand2MileRaceHope you can join us!

March 17, 2021