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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.

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Strike one, strike two, strike three – this week is out of here with this #flashbackfriday!............Ryan Woodward sure had an eagle eye early this morning on our Flashback Friday post.He spotted a detail in this photo and let us know this photo may not be Dorothy 'Kammie' Kamenshek as the photo story mentioned earlier. He based his conclusion on the positioning of the glove on her right hand and not the left as well as the team logo on the uniform. Kammie was left handed.Getting busy this morning, we did some more research too and agree that it is very likely not Kammie but Alma Ziegler.Here is a link to learn more about Kammie, a Rockford Peaches player, as well as a photo we know is her:https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/files/show/2062This link will tell you more about the featured player in the photo Alma Ziegler: https://www.aagpbl.org/profiles/alma-ziegler-ziggy/456Researching and documenting stories of the past is always ongoing and we thank Ryan for contacting us to make the important distinction and correction.Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections:https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/

Friday, May 29, 2020

This week's Meet The Staff is Cody Weith. Cody is the Sites and Operations Supervisor at the museum. He and his crew work behind-the-scenes to make sure the 148-acre campus look beautiful for all who visit. Cody is also responsible for work in the Main Museum Center and the 26 historical buildings in the village. Enjoy learning from Cody more about his museum responsibilities by viewing his video.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=248062606290375

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Wildcard ThursdayActivity: Blindman's BuffEnjoy the spring weather with one of the most popular Victorian Games. Known in English speaking countries as Blindman’s Buff, this outdoor game is similar to tag. one person is chosen as “it.” They are blindfolded, and “buffed”, meaning knocked off course. The other players, who are not blindfolded, amuse themselves by calling out to the “blind man” and dodging away from them. If they are caught they become the “blindman.”This game dates back 2,000 years to ancient Greece and variants are played all over the world.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Weird History WednesdayBaseball legend Babe Ruth had an interesting way to kept himself cool on those hot summer days. He kept a frozen cabbage leaf under his hat!https://www.biography.com/news/babe-ruth-facts-biography

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Are any of you planting a garden this year? If so, we certainly hope you’ve started! Maybe you’ll get lucky and end up with crops similar in size to what is shown on this postcard from Midway’s Permanent Collection!This postcard with, “How We Do Things in Rockford” printed towards the top, shows a main with a giant onion in a wheelbarrow. Unfortunately this onion is not true to size (we know, how disappointing!)A gentleman by the name of Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. (1863-1932) from Waupun, Wisconsin made a name for himself as a photographer who specialized in “tall-tale” postcards. His images typically showed oversized produce, animals, or unusual scenes with cars. He staged his family and friends into the story lines and added enlarged images of fruits, veggies, and animals to fit into a pre-set background.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

~ Memorial Day ~Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

Monday, May 25, 2020

~ Memorial Day ~ A Day of Remembrance and Honor ~This information graphic provides the history related to Memorial Day including statistics and important dates.Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Arlington National Cemetery

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rockford Responds with Midway Village Museum

Rockford Responds with Midway Village Museum

Rockford Responds with Midway Village Museum

Friday, May 22, 2020

No sense crying over spilled milk, especially if it is on a #flashbackfriday!Shown in this image is a horse-drawn milk cart and four individuals covered with an umbrella advertising “Tower Surface Cultivators.” The wagon is filled with cream cans used to haul milk or cream from the farm to a local creamery to be made into various dairy products. The wagon is possibly going to the Union Dairy Company located at 216-218 South Church Street, Rockford, Illinois.Can’t get enough Rockford history? Follow the link below to view over 3,000 images through our Online Digital Collections:https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/#museumsurvivalkit

Friday, May 22, 2020

Meet The Staff Continues With Jay SklarJay is the Museum Gift Store Manager, a position he has enjoyed for more than 5 years. He wants to remind everyone to shop online! Although the store is closed, Jay is able to fill online orders. Jay makes sure there's plenty of unique gifts including speciality items related to Rockford and its history. A project Jay is now working on will expand the online store to include more merchandise.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=672609776632500

Thursday, May 21, 2020