Welcome to Midway Village Museum

Camp Grant Collection Fund

Camp Grant Collection Fund

Thank you to everyone who donated!

A big thank you to all of you who donated to help Midway Village Museum acquire treasures from The Camp Grant Museum. The collection was auctioned off October 31-November 1, 2020. Thanks to the generous donations from our community, we were able to raise about $22,000 and save some of the artifacts that tell the story of Rockford’s Camp Grant.

We were able to win many of the items in which we were interested. Some of our favorites include the sign from the Camp Grant Bus Depot (pictured above), aerial photos and maps of the camp in different years, the last flag to fly over Camp Grant, souvenir items, and LOTS of photos of soldiers and camp activities. The next step will be to move all the items to Midway Village Museum and then we will begin cataloguing the collection. Stay tuned for updates.

Contributions can still be made to help support the cataloguing, digitizing and eventual display of these artifacts and archives. You can donate to the cause by credit card or PayPal on our Donations page. Select "Camp Grant Collection Fund" in the dropdown menu named “Donation Type” in the middle of the website landing page. To donate by check, make your check out to Midway Village Museum with “Camp Grant” on the memo line and send to Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford 61107. Thank you for helping preserve Rockford's history!

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Kate O'Connor

Rockford Community Leader, Visionary

We invite you to step back into Rockford's rich and vibrant history at Midway Village Museum, and learn more about the people who made this community great. These include leaders and visionaries, like Kate O'Connor. Born in Rockford in 1863 to an Irish immigrant family, Kate was the youngest of eight children. In addition to serving as Deputy to the County Clerk for Winnebago and practicing law in private practice, she is best remembered for her work in the women's suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment for which she was honored along with Jane Addams in 1929. Kate is just one of the truly amazing people you'll learn about when you visit Midway!

IMPORTANT: As of Friday, November 20, new State of Illinois mandates require museums in Illinois to close until the COVID-19 safety concerns are re-evaluated on December 4. Thank you for your interest in Midway Village Museum. Please check back regularly about our hours of operations as COVID-19 conditions have been changing throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

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Vietnam Veterans

Harlem Veteran's Project

On this Veteran's Day, you may want to take the opportunity to get to know many veterans in our area through the on-going Harlem Veteran's Project. Learn more →

Canceled Events

Christmas in the Trenches - December 12

Lamplight Evening Tours – December 2, 9 & 12

Hometown Heroes: Vietnam Veterans – November 14

Many Faces ExhibitDelve into our acclaimed "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit with a virtual, 360-degree, interactive tour. Tour opens in new pop-up window or tab (on mobile devices).

2020 Holiday Ornament Program

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Get complete details on private rental opportunities at the museum. View our new Wedding Photo Gallery and discover why Midway Village makes the ideal setting for your special day!


Bringing Our Archives to You

Announcing Midway Village Museum's Online Digital Collections

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Education Resources

The Midway Village Museum Education Department offers a wide variety of history themed programs and events for all ages covering time periods from early pioneer settlement through World War II. Our education staff prides themselves in providing quality history programs that are interactive and hands-on whenever possible to interpret the rich history of Rockford and the northern Illinois region. Whether you are looking for a group tour, dynamic guest speakers, exciting school field trips or a new way to make your classroom come alive…we have the program for you.

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Our handicap accessible Main Museum Center offers visitors the opportunity to engage and explore history through interactive exhibits in the more than 20,000 square feet of gallery spaces. In addition to our acclaimed new, "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit that showcases the "turn of the last century" immigrant experience in America, our Main Museum Center houses six exhibition galleries, collections storage, classrooms, workrooms, administrative offices, library, audio-visual room, and the Museum Gift Store. This section includes links to some of our most popular exhibits.

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Support Midway Village

Help us preserve Rockford's rich history for future generations.

We would like to thank all of our generous donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and others who make Midway Village Museum possible. If you would like to help, there are many ways to support Midway Village Museum. These ways include Membership, Sponsorship, Donating Time or Money, Planned Giving, Artifact Donation, and more.

Volunteer at Midway

Are you energetic and enthusiastic and willing to share your time and talents with us? Become a part of our volunteer team, and enjoy the many benefits associated with the program.

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Join or Donate

Become a Midway Village Museum Member today. Benefits include free admission to many special events at Midway Village and much more. It's fast and easy to sign up or make a donation online.

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