History Programs Overview

Midway Village Field Trip

At Midway Village Museum a wide variety of local history related educational tours and opportunities available for school groups of all ages.

Programs and Resources for Education Professionals

Let your students experience history!

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. Our full range of program offerings include:

UPDATES FOR 2024: Civil War History Days education program dates are finalized, and registration is open. Join us from Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, May 3. Also, our annual World War II School Day date for 2024 is Friday, September 27, 2024. To reserve either or both field trips, please email Kendall Clair at kendall.clair@midwayvillage.com or call her at 815-397-9112, ext. 106.


“I love how the tour brought our textbook lessons to life and made it personable by relating it to Rockford.” – Tracie Wedoff, Third Grade, St. Rita School in Rockford

“What a great collaboration we shared over the last few months! Each one/all of you made such a difference in what we could do at every step of Rockford’s ‘Hometown History Week.’ I heard from several sources that the third-graders treasured their activity booklets – and so did the teachers. Thank you for everything you did.” – Rockford Lutheran Curriculum Consultant Jane Austin and the Hometown History Week crew.


Rockford Community Leader, Visionary

Kate O ConnorWe 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!

For more information on curriculum and program content contact our Museum Educator at 815-397-9112, ext 106. To schedule a program, please use our Tour Request Form. If you are having difficulties with the form, please send your request with all information to kendall.clair@midwayvillage.com.