The Immigrant Experience
“Many Faces, One Community” is Midway Village Museum’s largest ever exhibition. This major new gallery depicts the history of immigration to Rockford and how our community developed through the perseverance of immigrants from many countries and cultures. The exhibit is “touch friendly” and features the stories of immigrants to Rockford. Visitors arrive through the train depot, stroll along 7th and South Main Streets, visit a circa 1900 immigrant home, and apply for a job at the Swedish furniture factory.
Become engaged by the stories of our ancestors who traveled to America seeking a better life. The exhibit gallery, nearly 6,000 square feet, transports visitors back in time, as if they were new immigrants to Rockford. Learn why immigrants made Rockford their home and how they contributed to the future. Gallery elements include hands-on activities and sounds of the past.
Entrance to the “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit, opened in 2014, is included in the General Admission. Engage in the rich history of Rockford at Midway Village Museum. To view hours click on this link http://www.midwayvillage.com/wordpress/planning-a-visit/admission.
Cultural heritage and historical stories related to immigrant experiences are also part of the special events planned at the museum. In 2016, a Cultural Heritage Celebration (pictured on left) brought many new traditions and cultural experiences to the museum with several cultural groups participating in the day’s festivities. To view the current calendar of events, http://www.midwayvillage.com/wordpress/event-calendar/ or download the calendar of events brochure http://www.midwayvillage.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/MidwayVillageMuseum2016CalendarofEvents.pdf.