Bringing the Midway Village Museum Archives Online For Public Use

Midway Village Museum, Rockford Illinois’ local history museum, is proud to introduce its new online collections site. This project has been made possible through grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. 

Inlcuded on this site are 300 rare glass plate negatives of Rockford life 1880-1900, 500 postcards of central Rockford and Camp Grant, and 70 letters home from Rockford boys fighting in the Civil War.

The site is keyword searchable for easy use. Each image has been uploaded as a low resolution watermarked file. High resolution copies of the images will be available from the Museum upon request. 

The Museum is excited to increase its service to local researchers, teachers and history buffs. Currently the museum’s local history collections—nearly 150,000 items—are available to view by appointment only.

Work on this site began in January 2017. 900 images were available by mid August. An additional 800 images will be added by summer 2018. 

Recently Added Items

Celebrating the Signing of the Armistice.

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With "Uncle Sam" and large U.S. flags in the middle, a crowd celebrates the ending of WWI (November 11, 1918). A sign reads "May He Rest in Hell" and…

Early Rockford Parade.

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This unidentified parade shows a group of women on a horse-drawn wagon with U.S. flags. The structure to the left is a post office. A sign on the…

Shriners Parade.

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Two Shriners in a small cart lead this parade north on Main Street at the corner of Jefferson Street. The Elks Lodge is visible at the left and…