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Midway Village Museum


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10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

10:30 AM - 04:00 PM



6799 Guilford Road,

Rockford, IL



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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Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment by highlighting local women who aided in the Women's Suffrage Movement. With that in mind, here is an extra special #flashbackfriday post!Julia Lathrop was a leading early twentieth century suffragist, reformer, and advocate for children. She graduated from Rockford Female Seminary (now Rockford University) and Vassar College in 1880, then returned to Rockford to work in her father’s law office. In 1890, she moved to Hull House in Chicago to work with Stephenson County native, Jane Addams. In a March 1, 1959 Morning Star article, Lathrop explained that “she felt she could do more for the cause of suffrage as an example of a woman efficiently handling a difficult position.”Written in partnership with Women's Suffrage Centennial 2020Find out more about the Lathrop family and visit over a dozen historic Rockford sites by going on the Rockford History Walks tour - 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱! See how many structures you can find in your neighborhood or take a walk to see something new. Either way you’ll get out of the house, learn something new, and enjoy Rockford!For more information on the Rockford History Walks tour, please visit the site below: https://rockfordhistorywalks.org/

Friday, March 27, 2020

Wild Card Thursday!Snack Time With A Fun TwistHere is a fun and safe way to make snack time a little bit more fun - APPLE SNAPPING!Tie a piece of yarn or string on the long stem of an apple. Tie the other end of the stem to a shower curtain rod or another sturdy rod at the height of the participant. If it is nice outside you can tie the yarn or string to tree branches as seen in the photo.Your challenge is to get your teeth on the apple without using your hands!Many different cultures played this game, or another version "bobbing for apples," in the fall near modern-day Halloween.There are old-wives tales relating to the discovery of the player's future spouse. For example, in Ireland if the person put the apple under their pillow they would dream of their future spouse.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Weird History WednesdayAnother week brings another fun #weirdhistory fact that we investigated in one of our summer camps.The poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is based on a true story. It comes from the story of Mary Sawyer and her devoted pet lamb in 1830s Massachusetts.Follow This Link To Learn Morehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/mary-had-little-lamb-base…/Activity & Craft Based On The PoemYou can practice memorization and recitation by learning the poem and performing it out loud. Also check out many lamb crafts like these:https://theresjustonemommy.com/20-adorable-lamb-and-sheep…/…

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Here is your daily dose of the Permanent Collection at Midway Village Museum! Maybe this critter looks a bit familiar to some of you who have visited before..This is one of two concrete owls that were donated to Midway Village Museum in the 1970-1980s. These owls once decorated the Rockford High School buildings. Rockford High School (also known as Central High School) was built on Madison Street in downtown Rockford in 1884. New buildings were eventually added to the campus in 1901 and 1906. However, two of the three original buildings were demolished in the 1940s.Owls have long been symbols of knowledge and wisdom. The owls perched on the top of the school marked the building as a place of learning.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Motivation MondayColor Your World!Coloring never goes out of style, and is a fun stay at home activity for everyone to enjoy together.This link provides numerous downloadable coloring sheets from a variety of cultural institutions.http://www.openculture.com/…/free-coloring-books-from-world…

Monday, March 23, 2020

Motivation MondayCommunity-wide ActivityHosted by this area's Stateline Kids, join a community-wide art collaborative and give it your own creative twist.Follow link for details

Monday, March 23, 2020

Motivation MondayGet Reading!Closer to home, Haunted Rockford published a variety of intriguing feature stories about people from our area's past with tales of suspense.Click below to read those stories:https://www.hauntedrockford.com/articles/…

Monday, March 23, 2020

Motivation MondayToday, we'll share posts all day long filled with online tours, gallery collections and activity resouces from museums, history and education-related organizations close to home and around the world.We aim to keep you wondering what's next to fuel your curiousity to see and learn!The first featured museum is the J Paul Getty Museum. Explore and browse centuries old art by clicking below.https://artsandculture.google.com/…/the-j-paul-getty-museum…

Monday, March 23, 2020

As a reminder, Midway Village Museum will continue the online activities and resouces posts tomorrow morning, Monday, at 8 am.Here is a chart of the daily activity posts schedule.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Midway Village Museum is closed through Thursday, April 30. 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.Midway Village Museum is closely monitoring and preparing its operations as the COVID-19 outbreak continues in Illinois. At Midway Village Museum, our goal is to keep staff, volunteers and the public safe.. PostponedFrom Minks to Sinks Rummage SaleNew Date and Time To Be DeterminedSilent Film SaturdayNew Date and Time To Be Determined. CancelledJason’s Deli Restaurant FundraiserWednesday, March 18, 2020World War ISchool Day ProgramEducational Field TripFriday, April 3, 2020Sensory Night for World War IFriday, April 3, 2020World War I: The Great WarSaturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2020Two-Day Public EventCivil War Hands-On History ProgramEducational Field TripApril 28 - May 1, 2020. Main Museum Center Is Closed until Thursday, April 30The 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 sneezesWash 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 meetingsThe 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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020