ROCKFORD (WREX) –
Rockford’s downtown is filled with many historical sites and even more stories. With a new project, Midway Village Museum aims to tell those stories to the community.
From the Coronado Theatre — to Memorial Hall — and even over to the Prairie Street Brewhouse.
If you’ve spent some time in downtown Rockford, you’re probably familiar with all those places, but how much do you know about their history?
“I want to make Rockford’s history much more visible in people’s lives for people’s awareness,” said David Byrnes, President of Midway Village Museum.
Midway Village plans to highlight up to 20 different sites across downtown with plaques, detailing the history behind them.
Byrnes says it’s not just about the buildings — but the people.
“There’s been an enormous number of people from different walks of life, different paths that they were pursuing that have impacted the history of our community,” Byrnes said.
People such as politician Zeke Giorgi — to Jonathan Peacock of Rockford Brewing Company, to name a few.
To help with the project, the museum received a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for more than $30,000, which fully funds the project.
Gloria Lundin, Vice President of Development for CFNIL says this is an important step in preserving Rockford’s history.
“By highlighting these buildings and the people that were part of these buildings, we may have a renewed sense of appreciation and respect, and they perhaps will not be destroyed,” said Lundin.
Something the museum hopes showcases the city’s downtown, adding another dimension to its colorful past.
The plaques are currently in the planning and design stage. If all goes according to plan, Midway Village expects them to be installed by December.
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