Memorial Hall celebrates anniversary June 3

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Terry Dyer, on-site curator and manager at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford, wants area residents to be aware of some special upcoming events taking place at the historic site during the first week of June.

“In honor of the hall’s dedication by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 3, 1903, representatives from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), along with Ward Brown of Richmond, Ill., a Roosevelt re-enactor, will be at Memorial Hall to help us commemorate the event. Hall will recite the dedicatory speech given by Roosevelt in 1903,” Dyer said.

“The SUVCW will also be on hand to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding in Rockford of the Grand Army of the Republic Garrett L. Nevius Post No. 1,” Dyer added. “Additionally, beginning Sunday, June 4, Memorial Hall will be open from 1 to 5 p.m., instituting a schedule of having the hall open the first Sunday of each month for better accessibility to the public.”

Memorial Hall serves as Winnebago County’s repository of military artifacts, covering the complete span of the nation’s conflicts and wars.

Dyer has been curator since 2004, and has been busy reinstating placement of several thousand artifacts within a museum-like setting. The collection was returned to Memorial Hall in 2005 after having been stored at Midway Village for about 15 years.

The Hall is open for tours, which can be scheduled by calling Dyer at 969-1999, or stop by Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. to tour this beautiful and historic structure.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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