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Posted on July 2, 2021
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!
In the 1960s Boy Scouts Unit 37 marched in a local parade carrying the American flag. Steven Heck,
the scout wearing glasses and standing behind the priest, led the troop as they marched.
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Hometown Heroes:Rockford's Vietnam Veterans1 PMSaturday, November 20, 2021Students from the Harlem Veteran's project will share their professionally-developed documentaries of Rockford's Vietnam Veterans and their families. Meet several of our local heroes and talk with the students telling their stories.The Power of FaithDirected by: Brynn SchlahtAngie White, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in Vietnam, shares her story on how she turned tragedy into an opportunity to honor and remember her son, Kenneth White, as well as others who have lost their lives in service.Finding a PurposeDirected by: Kaitline WrightThis documentary follows the story of Harold "Butch" Erb, as he enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After receiving a Purple Heart, he is sent back home and learns how to face and win his battles there, as well.Not recommended for children under age 12.Admission to the museum galleries to view the many artifacts on exhibit in the Main Museum Center is included.Midway Village Museum Members may check-in upon arrival to the museum. No pre-registration is required for our members.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.
November 18, 2021
Holiday Clearance Sale
Holiday Clearance SaleMuseum Gift Storeat Midway Village MuseumCome shop our for your holiday gifts at our store-wide clearance sale. You'll find numerous gift giving ideas at priced to sell value.This sale will run through the holiday season and end on Friday, Dec. 31. The Museum Gift Store is located in the Main Museum Center at Midway Village Museum off Guilford Road.Store hours:10 am to 4 pmWednesday - SundaysClosed Mondays and TuesdaysMidway Village Museum6799 Guilford RoadRockford, IL 61107Questions? Call 815-397-9112.
November 18, 2021
From Minks To Sinks Rummage Closing Out Sale
From Minks To SinksRummage Closing Out SaleFriday, November 19, 20219 am to 5 pmSaturday, November 20, 202110 am to 2 pmMidway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, ILThis is a two-day sale and everything must go.We are selling all our rummage sale items. All items to be sold by the bag full. Bring your own bags. Larger items such as furniture will be tagged with a price. There's hundreds of rummage items to be sold!Pricing Per Bag15"x 16" - Large10" x 8" - Medium8" x 8" - Smallll proceeds will benefit the Collection Department at Midway Village Museum. We are not collecting additional items for this sale.Questions? 815-397-9112.
October 14, 2021
Vistas en Español
Está InvitadoVistas en EspañolMuseo Midway VillageDomingo, 17 de octubre de 2021Puertas abiertas de 1pm a 4 pm¡Para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, venga al Museo Midway Village! Una intérprete de historia vestida con traje de estilo victoriano lo guiará a usted y a su familia a través de exhibiciones y hablará sobre la historia cultural de Rockford.Entrada gratuitaSin requisito de edadFamiliares y amigos bienvenidosEstacionamiento gratuitoMidway Village Museum requiere máscarillas independientemente del estado de vacunación contra el Covid.6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL815-397-9112
October 14, 2021
Evening of Illumination
Evening of Illuminationat Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, RockfordFriday, October 296:30 pm Check-In Begins7 pm - 9 pm Program TimeNew This Year! Visitors will discover the mysteries of the lantern-lite village at their own pace stopping to meet some of the more macabre characters of the late 1800s including:. Emily Dickinson. H.H. Holmes. P.T. BarnumVisitors will also learn about traditions and activities we may think of as odd such as:. Mourning Rituals. Superstitions. Poisons On Purpose. and more!Midway Village Museum is located at 6799 Guilford Road in Rockford. This program is recommended for ages 16 and up.This is a rain or shine event - all sales are final. Please dress for the weather and walking. Guests will check-in at Gate B.State COVID mandates in place at the time of the special event will apply to visitors on the museum campus.Cost$12 per person$10 Museum MemberTicket Reservations:Online: www.midwayvillage.comCall: 815-397-9112In-person: Museum Gift StoreYou may purchase admission at the gate the evening of the special event.
October 6, 2021
Military Masquerade Dinner FUNDRAISER FOR A NEW CAMP GRANT EXHIBITION
Military Masquerade Dinnerat Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, RockfordFUNDRAISER FOR ANEW CAMP GRANT EXHIBITIONAttend the Officers Club Annual Masquerade Ball and get this evening back on track by solving the crime before the masked menace gets away!When: Friday, October 15, 2021Where: Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107Time: 5:30 — 9:30 pmCocktail Hour: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm» Welcoming Remarks 6:30 pm» Dinner Begins at 6:30 pm» Act I: Begins at 6:45 pm» Act II: Begins at 7:30 pm» Act III: Begins at 8:30 pm» Awards & Closing Remarks 9:00 pm» Silent Auction Closes at 9:15 pmSilent Auction Winners Announced at 9:30 pmAttire: Cocktail with optional masquerade masksGreenfire Cuisine: Three-course plated dinner with cocktail hourCocktails: Cash bar (guests receive two free drink tickets at check-in)Price: $125 per personRSVP: Contact Olivia Covert at 815-397-9112, ext. 109 or email@example.com by 4 pm Friday, October 8.
September 30, 2021
Historic Iris Sale
Historic Iris SaleTuesday, October 5, 20213 pm to 5 pm**Note Date Change**at Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, ILIris bulbs divided from our pre-1900s collection recognized by the Historic Iris Preservation Society. Some bulbs are traced back to as early as 1789 as the origination date.Price:$15 per six-inch potwith multiple bulbs of thesespecial Irises.$10 per six-inch pot of assortedmystery bulbs (unlabeled).If you have questions about the Iris plant sale which the museum is organizing, call 815-397-9112.Proceeds benefit the historical garden program at the museum to maintain the Historic Iris Garden.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.
September 30, 2021
Harvest TeaSaturday, November 13, 2021at Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford RoadRockford, IL11:30 am3 pmThere are two available times to make your reservations. There is a limited of 25 spaces per reservation time.Guests come and enjoy the ambiance of the Chamberlain Hotel while sipping a variety of hot teas served by a costumed History Interpreter.Admission$40 Adult (Ages 18+)$35 Adult MemberEnjoy a lovely day in the 13-acre Victorian Village enjoying hot tea, scones, tea sandwiches, apple crisp cups, snickerdoodles and more with your family or friends.The Harvest Tea Menu:First CourseTea SandwichesHam and Apricot Preserve on Raisin BreadChicken CurrySausage Pin RollsSecond CourseScones With Assorted Jams and CreamsThird CourseApple Crisp CupsSnickerdoodlesBeveragesAssorted Tea FlavorsGuests will also enjoy:. Making by hand a unique take home gift of a tea cup candle with their choice of scent. Delicious tea sandwiches. Seasonal desserts. Endless pots of flavorful, hot tea in the Chamberlain Hotel in the 13-acre Victorian VillageQuestions about the Harvest Tea should be directed to Caitlin Treece, 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23, 2021
Pearl Harbor Attack: A Lasting Legacy Lecture
Pearl Harbor Attack:A Lasting Legacy80th AnniversarySpecial Remembrance LectureTuesday, December 7, 2021Noon to 2 pmMidway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, RockfordThe surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, was a watershed event in American and world history.This one and a quarter hour military encounter served as a catalyst for both immediate and long-term actions that transformed the world far beyond the expectations of the military planners and national leaders involved at the time.Bob Carlson will explore the attack itself, its aftermath in a broad sweep of WWII, and its legacy extending now 80 years later. Time will be allowed for an open discussion at the end of the presentation.Speaker: Mr. Carlson of Rockford holds a Master’s Degree in history and is currently retired from a career in health care and human resources. He is also on the Midway Village Museum Board of Directors.Admission$7 Adults $6 Child (ages 3-17)Museum Members FreeAdvance registration online at www.midwayvillage.com or purchase tickets at the Front Desk.Registration deadline is Monday, December 6.This presentation will also be available via Zoom technologies for those wishing to attend virtually with the link sent the morning of the lecture.To learn more about the museum, go to www.midwayvillage.com.Questions? 815-397-9112.
September 23, 2021
Historic Iris Sale
Historic Iris SaleSunday, September 2611 am to 3 pmat Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, ILIris bulbs divided from our pre-1900s collection recognized by the Historic Iris Preservation Society. Some bulbs are traced back to as early as 1789 as the origination date.Price:$15 per six-inch potwith multiple bulbs of thesespecial Irises.$10 per six-inch pot of assortedmystery bulbs (unlabeled).If you have questions about the Iris plant sale which the museum is organizing, call 815-397-9112.Proceeds benefit the historical garden program at the museum to maintain the Historic Iris Garden.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.
September 20, 2021
All Hallows' Eve
All Hallows' EveSaturday, October 23, 2021Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, ILEnjoy trick-or-treating in the historic village along with other family-friendly activities as this in-person event returns. A new pumpkin carving contest is begin introduced this year with pre-registration. The contest will have various age entries with pre-carved and in-person categories.$6 per person admissionMuseum Members are FreeAdmission is included with our new pumpkin carving contest, however to be eligible to participate you must pre-register for the category you wish to enter (pre-carved or in-person at the event entries).Food and snacks available for purchase. Advance tickets online or at the Museum Gift Store.Tickets also available at the event gates. You must pre-registration for the pumpkin carving contest. For questions, call 815-397-9112, or email@example.com.Pumpkin Carving Contest Instructions:Questions about the contest should be directed to Caitlin Treece, Educator, at 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Option 1: Onsite Pumpkin Carving ChallengeCarving Begins at 1 pm. Judging will begin promptly at 4 pm. Winners will be announced at 5 pm. Must pay event admission fee only, no additional registration or entrance fee.• Pre-registration required by Wednesday, October 20 at 4pm.• Participants must be 14 years or older to participate in the free carve; however, each contestant under 18 years must have a signed liability waiver submitted before participation begins.• Free pumpkins will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.• Participants must provide their own tools in the competition.• Commercial stencils may be used, but handmade stencils and free hand carving will earn more creativity points in the judging.• Pumpkins are not to be painted or otherwise decorated. Only carved pumpkins are allowed in this category.• The bottom of all entered pumpkins must be removed so that the pumpkin can be place on top of a light. Do not remove the top.• Midway Village will provide a non-flame candle to light the pumpkin for judging.• Inappropriate Pumpkins will be disqualified.• Prizes will be awarded to the top three places. Winners will be judged on originality of design and overall detail of their finished piece.Option 2: Pre-Decorated Pumpkin ChallengeBring your pumpkin to Midway Village between Wednesday, October 20-Friday, October 22. Pumpkins may also be dropped off at the ticket gates on Saturday, October 23 from 12 pm-2 pm. Judging will begin at 2 pm. There will be one winner in each category, announced at 5 pm. All other entrants will receive a participation prize. Entries will be judged on design, detail, originality and creativity. The score will be tabulated 50% of the judges score, and 50% of the popular votes collected between 2 pm -4 pm. Each visitor to the event receives 1 vote per age group. There is no additional registration fee, but you must pay admission fee to the event.• Pumpkins may be painted, carved, or decorated in other ways.• Adults are welcome to help children, particularly to ensure safety, but in the spirit of the contest, please ensure the entry is primarily done by the child.• Entries must not exceed 2 feet high, 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep.• Entries must have the bottoms removed to be placed over a non-flame candle.• Entries must be submitted with a card with name, address, phone number/email, and age group, along with a photo of the pumpkin in case the card is separated from the pumpkin accidently.• Pumpkins must be family friendly. Scary designs are fine, but please do not incorporate any violent or sexually suggestive elements. Organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry deemed inappropriate.• All pumpkins must be removed after the event or they will be disposed of.Age CategoriesPre-K to 5 years6-9 years10-12 years13-18 yearsPrizesOnsite:1st Place: $75 Restaurant Gift Certificate2nd Place: $503rd Place: $25Offsite:1st Place in each age group receives a Sock Monkey and 1st Place RibbonPlease direct all question related to the Pumpkin Carving Contest to Caitlin Treece, Museum Educator, at 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or email@example.com.Midway Village Museum requires face masks in indoor settings, regardless of COVID vaccination status.
September 15, 2021
Special price of $8.15 for two admissions for a guided tour of the Victorian Village (includes viewing the exhibits inside the Main Museum Center). There will also be a special Rockford-themed gift basket as an online drawing on their Facebook page. On Sunday, August 15, share, like and comment on their giveaway post to be entered to win a special Rockford themed gift basket valued at $75.Sunday, August 15
August 11, 2021
Yoga in The Barn
Yoga in the BarnThursday, September 30Welcome and celebrate the arrival of Autumn with Yoga and light refreshments at Midway Village's 1905 Barn! Local certified yoga instructor, Amanda Stivers will lead you through a yoga class that will leave you feeling balanced and centered. This class is open to all levels of yoga practice and students are encouraged to move at their own pace.Please bring a yoga mat and dress weather appropriate. Class is 60 minutes with 30 minutes of social time at the end. Space is limited.Thursday, September 30, 2021Class starts promptly at 5:30 pmAs of August 3, the Winnebago County Health Department strongly recommends masking in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.Admission:$14 per person (13+)$12 members (13+)You must pre-register for this event. To register, sign up through FareHarbor https://fareharbor.com/.../midwayvillage/items/325279/..., or please call 815-397-9112, or midwayvillage.com.Payment is due upon registration. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 23, 2021.Class related questions? Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 5, 2021
World War II Days
World War II Days25th Anniversaryat Midway Village Museum6799 Guilford RoadRockford ILVisitors to World War II Days engage in elaborate 1940s displays in historical buildings on the museum’s 148-acre campus, which becomes the back drop of a European village during World War II. This military re-enactment is the largest in the Midwest and draws thousands of visitors yearly to the Rockford region and the museum grounds.Saturday, September 1810 am to 5 pmSunday, September 1910 am to 4 pmCosts$16 Adults$9 Children (ages 3-17)Infants (ages 0-2) are FreeMuseum Members are FreeWorld War II Veterans are Free$12 Veterans & Active Duty Military Personnel*Member Members may receive advance tickets by calling the museum and speaking to a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. Advance tickets are not required to attend, however Members should bring their membership card to the event to show upon arrival for entry/admission.Visitors may purchase tickets in-advance online or at the Museum Gift Store. Tickets are available for purchase at the gates the days of the military re-enactment.Festivities include encampments of Allied and Axis troops in the Midway Village woods. World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays.More than 1,000 uniformed re-enactors representing soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Germany along with 70 to 80 vintage tanks, half tracks and other 1940s military vehicles make this a not-to-miss special event.Event Highlights. New! Expanded narrated battle time scheduled with four on Saturday and two on Sunday.. Realistic encampments of Allied and Axis troops in the Midway Village woods.. Musical performances of 40s music by the duo of "Sweet Reminder" singers in a tribute to the Andrews Sisters!. Spontaneous historical vignettes.. Skirmishes in the woods portraying battles.New in 2021!Victory Beer GardenPig Minds Brewing Co. will be a vendor for both Days selling beer and Brats.Other event features:- Authentic military vehicles- More than 1,000 re-enactors- Battles with pyrotechnics- Demonstrations & Displays- Militaria Sales Vendors from the Midwest- Affordable Local Food Vendors- VETANK available for individuals with limited mobility- Special Admission for Veterans & Active Duty Personnel (ID Required)- Golf Cart Shuttles available for guests with special needsCheck back regularly for updated details about the special event. Full schedules of the daily activities will be available closer to the event date(s).Members are free to attend World War II Days. With your membership, there's many other benefits you receive, as well as supporting the mission of history preservation and education at Midway Village Museum! To become a member or for details go to: http://midwayvillage.com/midway-membership.html.* If you are a Veteran or Active Duty Military Personnel simply show proof of military service with your Military ID card, Veterans Affairs card or Discharge papers to receive discounted tickets.No refund on admission ticket purchases.Questions? Call 815-397-9112.
July 21, 2021
Voyage of Exploration: Summer Day Camp at Midway Village Museum
History's Mysteries Summer Day Campat Midway Village MuseumThis summer make Midway Village Museum the place for summertime fun for your child. The museum’s day camp is organized as week-long day camps with children exploring overarching themes while participating in activities, games, crafts, and other projects. Socialdistancing practices are in place for the safety of campers attending the museum’s history themed camps with small group interaction. The day camp program location offers an experience like no other.Day campers spend time at a history museum with an outdoor 13-acre Victorian Village and Main Museum Center. Children must wear a mask while attending the camps on the museum campus.Age Requirement: Your child must have completed Kindergarten and not yet entered 6th grade to enroll in the museum’s summer day camp program.August 9 - August 13Voyage of ExplorationExplore the climate, flora and fauna of the seven continents as the explorers that have gone before. Learn about the Native cultures and traditions of each continent. Play games, and create crafts as we explore these far-off places from the safety of our Victorian Village.To view the entire day camp weekly schedule or to register to tohttps://www.midwayvillage.com/summer-day-camps.html.Cost For Each WeekMembers: $140Non-Members: $150Parents will register each camper in the family individually for each session.Monday – Friday7:30 am to 5:30 pmHours may be extended for an additional fee.How To Register For Camps. Online: www.midwayvillage.com. Phone: 815-397-9112. In-person: 6799 Guilford Road, RockfordQuestions? 815-397-9112, ext. 106.Upon registration, parents receive additional details.
July 21, 2021