Tinker Swiss Cottage unveils new Web site

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On Dec. 12, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum unveiled a redesigned Web site. The site, www.tinkercottage.com, was designed and implemented by volunteer Steve Gausbeck and the Museum staff.

The new Web site features basic information the Museum’s hours, rates and location in addition to details about available educational programs, facility rentals, and the Museum Store. Pages also include ways to get involved as a volunteer, member, donor, or intern.

Recent restoration projects such as the reconstruction of the Tinker suspension bridge are featured, as are plans for future restoration of the Tinkers’ gardens and the opening of the Cottage lower level for tours. A photo gallery shares photos of the Tinker family in addition to historic and modern pictures of the Swiss Cottage.

Tinker Swiss Cottage was built in 1865 by local businessman and one-term Rockford mayor Robert Tinker, and is a veritable treasure trove of life in Rockford a century ago. More than 8,000 people visit the Cottage each year. For more information, contact the Museum at (815) 964-2424.

From the Dec. 21-27, 2005, issue

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