K-12 Field Trips

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Field Trips

The following tours are available to school, home school, and community groups. Museum center tours are available year round. Tours of the Living History Village are only available March-November. To reserve your preferred date please contact us as soon as possible as availability is limited. To get the most out of your visit, click here for suggestions on lessons plans to use before and after your visit.

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.

To schedule a field trip or program, please use our Tour Request Form.

Tour Request Form

If you have difficulties with the form, please send your request with all information to kendall.clair@midwayvillage.com.

Program* Grade Tour Length Availability No. of Students
General Museum Tour 1st - 12th 1.5 hrs. All year 80 max
General Village Tour 1st - 12th 1.5 hrs. Seasonal No min. or max.
Immigration Tour 1st - 12th 2 hrs. All year 10 min.
Old Stone School 1st - 8th 1 - 5 hrs. Seasonal 12 min.
Old Stone School K - 8th 1 - 5 hrs. Seasonal 12 min.
Living History Tour 1st - 12th 3 - 5 hrs. Seasonal 80 min.
Hands-on History Days 3rd - 12th All day Seasonal No min. or max.
History Talks 1st - 12th 45 - 60 mins. All year 30 max.
Traveling Trunks 1st - 12th 2 weeks All year No min. or max.

* Museum and Village Tours can be combined or added to other, select programs. Tours are available in Spanish; contact Museum Educator at educator@midwayvillage.com to arrange.

Educational Tours

General Museum Tour

Interpreters dressed in turn-of-the-century attire guide students through hands-on exhibits examining Rockford’s history of immigration, industrialization, and culture.

General Village Tour

Historically dressed interpreters lead students through a tour of our Victorian Village, providing an immersive, first-hand look into home life, technology, and the pastimes of Illinois residents from 1890- 1910.

Immigration Tour

This interactive tour promotes critical thinking and historical analysis as students examine similarities and differences of Rockford over time. The focus includes the roots of intolerance, and how children can personally combat these influences in their personal lives.

Old Stone School

History comes alive as students experience life and learning in a turn-of-the-century one room schoolhouse. Options include leading your own class with recommended activities, or having our costumed school teacher use historic materials to teach the students as they spend a day in the past.

Living History Tour

Costumed interpreters bring all facets of Northern Illinois history to life in the Victorian Village, and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities, including early medicine, vintage printing presses, police and fire stations, a blacksmith shop, food preservation, square dancing, and more. Each tour consists of six or more activities, depending on the number of students and your available time. Contact staff for details.

Educational Standards

To view how Midway's programs meet state educational standards, download our 15-page Illinois State Standards overview in PDF format. To see how they meet National Social Studies Curriculum Standards 2, 3 & 4, download our 3-page Program Education Standards guide in PDF format. For more information, please contact Kendall Clair, our Museum Educator. You can reach her by email at kendall.clair@midwayvillage.com or by phone, (815) 397-9112, ext. 106.

Program Education Standards