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Mahlburg Scholars Presents...Liberty Hyde Bailey: America's Greatest Plant Scientist

Burpee Museum: 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Presented by Dr. Allan C. Carlson

Liberty Hyde Bailey was an American horticulturist, botanist, cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science, founder of the National Country Life Association, and author of several well-known publications.
Dr. Carlson will review Bailey's life, work, and legacy, as well as his connection to Rockford.
Visit: http://burpee.org/event_detail.asp?eid=623 for more info!

Burpee Museum 815.965.3433


Burpee Explorers: Heart of Reptiles

Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Work with doctors and medical students, compare creatures in our NEW EXHIBIT to those of today, and even dissect a REAL heart! Hurry-space is limited! Visit http://burpee.org/event_detail.asp?eid=633 for more info!

Burpee Museum, 815.965.3433


Trivia (on the Terrace)

Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Come out to the Museum to show off your smarts! B103's Michelle Marcomb will ask trivia questions covering an array of fun topics. With LIVE MUSIC, FREE FOOD, a cash BAR, and great PRIZES, we certainly can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night!

Burpee Museum, 815.965.3433


Murder Mystery Night

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will be hosting a Speakeasy Murder Mystery Night on February 21 2015, 6-8pm. Dust off your flapper dress, zoot suits and Tommy guns and get ready for your Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Party! This program is not suitable for children under 14. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424 www.tinkercottage.com

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Victorian Miniature Shoe

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Victorian Miniature Shoes Lecture on February 7, 2015 at 1:00pm with Mary & Terry Anderson.
Why miniature shoes? How did they become collectible? What part did they play in society ? How do these shoes relate to artifacts in the Tinker collection? Join Mary as she discusses the reason for Victorian miniatures shoes while showing physical examples and photographs of her personal collection. Terry will show how this collection of miniature shoes overlaps with a collection of his. Collector or not, you might find this interesting. You might even "catch the bug". Cost is $5 per individual, Members and active volunteers are free. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com.


Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



POW of Camp Douglas Lecture

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
POW of Camp Douglas During the Civil war on February 14, 2015 at 1:00pm with David Keller. Opened in 1861, Camp Douglas was a Union training and reception facility for over 40,000 Union soldiers in Chicago. Camp Douglas became a prison camp, housing over 30,000 Confederate prisoners, from 1862 until it was demolished in 1865. Containing over 200 buildings on 60 acres, Camp Douglas was the most significant Civil War facility in Northern Illinois. Cost is $5 per individual, Members and active volunteers are free. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com.

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Domestic Servants in the 19th Century

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102
Domestic Servants in the 19th Century on February 21, 2015 at 1:00pm with Erika Holst. Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the nineteenth century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. The result was a society that grew increasingly stratified as the century wore on and the social hierarchy became more entrenched. In domestic servant situations, working-class men and women lived and worked side-by-side with their employers yet were considered second-class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Cost is $5 per individual, Members and active volunteers are free. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com.

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Engineering Day!

737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Celebrate National Engineering week at Burpee Museum! Take part in a variety of engineering activities, meet engineers to answer all of your questions, and work with Snap Circuits to engineer your own Alternative Energy with wind and solar power!

All ages welcome!

Burpee Museum, 815.965.3433


Rockford University's Move to E.State - Winter Lecture Series

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Rockford University's Bern Sundstedt will chronicle the events of the relocation. For more information: www.midwayvillage.com


815-397-9112
Midway Village Museum



Jazz, Blues & DancingTunes of the 1920's Winter Lecture Series

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Amber Bruns will discuss and demonstrate these classic songs. For more information: www.midwayvillage.com

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112


Hands-on Family Workshop Black History Month: Jazz

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Free with Museum admission, for children, ages 5 to 11, with their parents. Paint your own jazz poster. For more information: www.midwayvillage.com

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112


"Fairytails & Red Heels" Sock Monkey Madness Festival

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Make a monkey, learn the sock monkey story, and see yarn bombing in person. For more information: www.midwayvillage.com

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112


A Change Through Time: A Photographic Exhibit of the Tinker Cottage

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
A Change Through Time: A Photographic Exhibit of the Tinker Cottage. February 3-June 28, 2015. This exhibit focuses on the changes to the Cottage and the landscape from the first recorded photographs ever taken of Robert Tinker’s property, to the last photographs taken by the Tinker family. The tour focuses on the five main areas of the Tinker Estate: the main drive, the formal gardens, the working farm, and the bridge view. Captured in the timeless photographs is a remarkable visual history of the 150 years of change to the Tinker Estate. General Tours are every Tuesday-Sunday at 1:00 & 3:00. Cost is $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 children age 5-17. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Garden, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. www.tinkercottage.com

Ashley Downing
815-964-2424



Rockford Leadership in the 1890's - Winter Lecture Series

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Mr. John Molyneaux and Ms. Amanda Becker will discuss the political chaos and its impact on city development because of the developing immigrant labor class during this time. For more information: www.midwayvillage.com

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112


Burpee's New Traveling Exhibit- Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep!

Burpee Museum of Natural History 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Take the plunge into the deep, dark, Savage Ancient Seas! It is the world of the late Cretaceous period-over 70 million years ago! Filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls, and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived!

Exhibit opens to the public January 17, 2015, and is here until September 7, 2015.

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!

Burpee Museum, 815.965.3433


PaleoFest 2015

Burpee Museum of Natural History: 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
It's Burpee's annual and internationally-recognized PaleoFest!
In association with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, PaleoFest 2015, focuses on the Triassic and Jurassic time periods, "The Beginning of Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Modern World." This year's event is a symposium, presenting over 20 renowned speakers, exclusive programs and activities, and a special dinner and lecture with Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues. An event for all ages!

Burpee Museum: 8159653433, or visit http://burpee.org/page.asp?PageID=46