Ethnic Heritage Museum accepts Father of the Year nominations

From press release

From noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 6, the Ethnic Heritage Museum (EHM) celebrates the 20th Annual International Music Festival and honors six “Father of the Year” recipients at the Lithuanian Club.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., houses the cultural history of the six nationalities that were prominent in the southwest part of Rockford: African-American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Hispanic.

At the 20th Annual Music Festival, the six ethnic galleries will exhibit local musical talent and present their chosen honored “Father of the Year.” The public is encouraged to nominate a worthy candidate.

Nominations for the “Father of the Year” will be taken through Friday, April 15. To qualify, nominees must be at least 50 years of age, and African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian or Polish.

Nomination letter is not to exceed one type-written page and should include the following: nominee’s name, nominee’s nationality, nominee’s address, and nominee’s telephone number.

A letter of support for the nominee as a worthy candidate should include his activities within the community.

Nominators must include their name, address and telephone number.

Send nominations to: Nominations Committee, P.O. Box 382, Rockford, IL 61105 or e-mail

For more information, visit or contact the museum at (815) 962-7402.

From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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