Selected Community Events
Winter Lecture-Alley Blues and World War Tunes: Music of the 1910s
Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd. Rockford, IL
Amber is back! In honor of the second annual Great War re-enactment, Amber Viegel is taking us back in musical time when there were doughboys and bi-planes and young beaus in uniform said good-bye to their sweethearts to the music of George M. Cohan and Tin Pan Alley. Relive the times of this important era in American history through its lyrics and music.
The Dapper Gentleman Exhibit
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
The Dapper Gentleman exhibit, September 28- December 15, visually explains what it was like to grow up as a male during the Victorian Era while focusing on the artifact remains of the Tinker family. The exhibit begins by exploring childhood and what was typical in regards to toys, dress, and parents attitudes towards children. The artifact remains of Theodore “Teddy” Tinker describe in detail some of the more peculiar Victorian trends when it came to childhood. The journey continues into adulthood where it diverges to illuminate leisure time verse work time. The work life of Robert Tinker was typical of many middle to upper class men of Rockford in the 19th century. Not only did Robert work in an office as an accountant and salesman but he also had luxurious gardens and ample farm land that needed regular care and maintenance. Work days were long and grueling but with the advent of new technology in-part to the Industrial Revolution, many Victorians were able to enjoy more relaxed time than their parents or grandparents could ever dream of. Experience the various leisure activities of Robert Tinker from drawings to furniture manufacturing, past habits to practical jokes. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum 411 Kent Street, Rockford Il 61102. 815-964-2424
The Twains Shall Meet: An Evening with Mark Twain and Olivia Clemmens
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Come and join us as Mark Twain is joined by his lovely wife Olivia on December the 13th at 7:00 pm to deliver his talk on life. Twain dispenses invaluable advice that you can get nowhere else in the world! He will also discuss the wisdom he has gleaned over his many years on this earth.
Mature audiences only.
Cost is $5 per person.