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Rockford Responds with Midway Village Museum

Rockford Responds with Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum

Posted by Midway Village Museum

Posted on May 22, 2020

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History is happening all around us every day. We rely on you - our community - to help us tell your personal stories and continue Midway Village Museum’s mission of preserving Rockford’s unique history.

We’re asking you to share your stories , photographs and objects of your experiences of Rockford during the COVID-19 pandemic. These first-hand accounts will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Years from now, your stories will provide a historical perspective on how Rockford responded to the challenge we’re all currently facing.

How can you help?


• Send us pictures that typify your pandemic experiences (please tell us who is in the photo and where and when it was taken)

• Write us an email, a memo, or a letter telling us how your business has been affected by the pandemic.

• Have you closed your doors or found ways to remain open?

• Have you been able to access emergency funding?

• How have you changed your operations to meet the challenges?

• What will your industry look like post COVID?

• Send us an object that helps us understand the impact on your business

• Signage used on your property conveying new ways of operating or closures during the stay at home orders (Flyers on doors, yard signs, counter signs)

• Advertising materials that share covid-related operational changes (ex. no contact delivery)



Please send all stories or photographs (along with the submission form) to Curator of Collections , Laura Furman, at curator@midwayvillage.com. Contact  Laura Furman to arrange for the donation of objects.


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May 28, 2020

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May 27, 2020

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May 25, 2020

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May 25, 2020

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Oregon Trail In Real Life

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