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History comes to life at Rockford’s Midway Village Museum

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s Midway Village Museum takes visitors back to a bygone era.

The 148 acre campus, at 6799 Guilford Road, houses the past with artifacts that tell the stories of the city’s earliest settlers.

The museum sits in a park-like setting with two pain parts.

First, there’s a Victorian Village, which includes 26 historical buildings — some original and some re-constructed — with a General Store, a police station, and a school house.

The Victorian Village represents a rural community in Northern Illinois during the era from 1890 to 1910.

History interpreters guide visitors through the village, exploring the life and culture of the period.

Each stop gives visitors and idea of what life was like during the Victorian era.

The other part of the campus is the main Museum Center, which highlights the history of the Rockford area with interactive learning stations and exhibits.

Lonna Converso, Director of Marketing, said, “We have over 150,000 artifacts that we are preserving to tell the story of Rockford’s past. And in the past, Rockford really begins in the late to mid 1800’s, in 1838, when Rockford formed as a city.”

Midway Village Museum hosts World War II Days with elaborate 1940’s encampments. The military re-enactment is the largest in the Midwest.

“We have 1,200 re-enactors who come onto the grounds with authentic equipment from that war to again, help educate the public,” Converso said.

World War II Days is held each September on the grounds of the Midway Village Museum.

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