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Outreach and Traveling History Programs

NEW! Mini Trunk Programs

The museum is offering two new trunks in our Mini-Trunks program in 2016/2017.

Built in collaboration with local Rockford teachers, these two trunks are a unique addition to our programming. With both of these options, you are able to check the trunk out for two week periods of time, where you can integrate the curriculum, artifacts, and supporting materials into your personal curriculum. You pick up the materials, decided what you want to use and how, and then at the end of the two weeks, return them to the museum. This program costs $30 for every two weeks.

Immigration to Rockford – This trunk focuses on several individuals who have moved to Rockford over the years. Trunk contents include:

  • Lesson plans
  • Children’s books, including The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence, Emma’s Poem by Linda Glaser, and Naming Liberty by Jane Yolen
  • Timelines
  • Button Hook
  • Classic Stories
  • Coin purse and mirror
  • Eye Glasses and case
  • Naturalization papers
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Railroad ad
  • Postcards
  • Railroad dining car menu
  • Child’s coat
  • toothbrush
  • Tin can and instructions for Kick the Can
  • And more…

Camp Grant During World War One – What roles did women play during WW1? What might a soldier carry on his back? This trunk takes WW1 and connects it directly back to Rockford’s own history.

Trunk includes:

  • Lesson plans
  • Children’s books, including Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum, Where Poppies Grow by Linda Granfield, and Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum
  • Soldier’s Haversack
  • Trenching tool
  • Helmet and canteen
  • 1890’s playing cards
  • Postcards from Camp Grant
  • Nurse’s hat and arm band
  • Red Star Animal Medic pin
  • Propaganda posters
  • History Channel DVD: WW1 – The Death of Old Glory
  • And more…

For more information on curriculum and program content contact our Educator at 815-397-9112 ext 106. To schedule a program, please use our Tour Request Form.

Traveling Trunks Presented by Costumed Guides:

These programs can be adapted to any age group (6 years +) and to most situations, from the classroom to after school programs, community centers to retirements homes. We can also present the programs at the museum as part of a tour package. For more information on curriculum and program content contact our 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 caitlin.treece@midwayvillage.com.

Midway Village Museum educational programs meet many of the Illinois State Learning Standards. Below we have identified standards specifically met by each traveling program.

Traveling Trunks offer you the opportunity to bring hands-on artifacts right to your group. You will be visited by an interpreter in authentic period clothing who will make the presentation come alive with additional information and stories.

Presentations are 45-minutes to 1 hour long. The cost per trunk is $80 per 30 person classroom plus .55 cents per mile after the first 10 miles, and $2 per person for each person over the initial 30 registered.

  • Etiquette/Parlor Games – Compare and contrast the rules of deportment from 1900 to today’s etiquette and participate in parlor games as they were played during the Victorian Era. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A, and 18A. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 4 & 5.
  • Queen City of the Prairie – Step back and take a look at the early days of Rockford settlement. Who came and what did they find here? Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A&D, 17C, 18B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 3 & 7.
  • World War II – Rockford’s Own Witnesses to War – Learn about World War II from the point of view of soldiers, sailors, airmen and people on the homefront from the Rockford area. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 15B,C&D, 16A,B,C&D, and 18B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 10.
  • School Days – Revisit the days of the one-room schoolhouse. What was being in class like in 1900? What was fun? What was dreary? Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A, and 18A&B. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 4 & 5.
  • Animals of the Prairie – What is a prairie, and who lives on it? Investigate the different animals that live in Illinois: What do they eat, how do they walk, and what do their tracks look like? Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A&D, 17C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2 & 3.

Intensive History Trunk Programs:

The following programs are an extension of our Traveling Trunk program and can be booked for up to three consecutive visits (or just one!), allowing for continued learning and connection-making. 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 caitlin.treece@midwayvillage.com.

Each visit is 45 minutes to 1 hour long, and covers a breadth of local history through hands-on artifacts, vocabulary lessons, art projects, group games and more. The cost per trunk (per visit) is $80 per 30 person classroom plus .55 cents per mile after the first 10 miles, and $2 per person for each person over the initial 30 registered.

  • Civil War – For Lincoln and Liberty – Thrill to the stories of soldiers and civilians as you learn the causes and consequences of America’s Civil War. Check out the contents of our trunk…everything from uniforms to knapsacks, currency to hardtack. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A&B, 5A&B, 15B,C&D, 16A,B,C&D, 17C, and 18B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 5, 6, 7 & 10.
  • James Henry Breasted, Archeology and the Tomb of King Tut – Hear the story of how one of Rockford’s own was at the opening of King Tut’s Tomb as you learn about the skills and tools necessary to unearth the history of ancient Egypt. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A,B&D, 17C, 18A,B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 1, 2, 3 & 9.
  • Transcontinental Railroad – Find out how the transcontinental railroad helped to change 1880s America. While you examine the trunk contents hear about who and what arrived on the train. …everything from immigrants and orphans to fresh fruit and Vaudeville. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A&B, 5A&B, 15A,B,C&D, 16A&D, 17C, 18A,B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 1, 2 & 7.

Listen and Learn History Talks:

Learn about Rockford’s history through interactive lectures, presented by knowledgeable museum staff. These talks can incorporate some movement or hands-on examples of Rockford history if desired. For more information on curriculum and program content contact our Museum Educator at 815-397-9112 ext. 106, or email her at katie.kelley@midwayvillage.com. To schedule a program, please use our Tour Request Form.

  • Primary Source Documents – Discover the importance of primary documents in research and how to authenticate them as you learn how to research family history through records and artifacts. Meets Illinois State Standards: 1C, 4A, 5A,B&C, 16A. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2.
  • The History and Evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance – Millions of school children recite the pledge to the flag every day and every new United States citizen is required to memorize it, but few people know who wrote it, when and why. Hear the true story of our unique pledge of allegiance that was first written as a kick off for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1892. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A&D, 18A. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2 & 5.
  • The Remarkable Bessica Medlar Raiche: First Woman Aviator of America – Learn about the first woman in America to fly an aeroplane solo…the most famous person from Rockford that most people have never heard of. Bessica Faith Medlar Raiche was an amazing woman who graduated from Rockford High School in 1893, studied painting in Paris, spoke four languages, became one of America’s first woman gynecologists, and with her husband, Frank, designed and constructed aeroplanes in the living room of their home! On September 16, 1910 she made the first accredited solo flight by a woman in the United States…many years before Amelia Earhart. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A&D, 18B. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2 & 5.
  • Sock Monkey History – Learn why Rockford is the official “Home of the Sock Monkey” and how this popular folk art toy is linked to the Rockford Red Heel Work Sock and the local textile industry that provided jobs for thousands of Rockfordians for generations. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 15A&D, 16A,C&D, 18B. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 5 & 7.
  • Vintage Base Ball – Everyone has fun as they learn to play baseball as it was first meant to be played by the 1858 rules with no gloves allowed. If you don’t have the energy to run, you can cheer us on with period slang. This program can be offered either outdoors on any flat field or indoors in a school gymnasium. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A,B&D. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2.
  • The History of the Rockford Peaches – Learn about Rockford’s place in Baseball History. As men went off to war in the 1940s, many women stepped up to take their place in the home, workplace, and even Baseball! Discover the Peaches as they really happened, how the team was started, their impact within the Rockford community, and why they later disbanded. Meets Illinois State Standards: 4A, 16A,B,C&D, 17C, 18B&C. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards: 2, 5, 7 & 9.