‘The Secret Life of Sarah E?’ at Ethnic Heritage Museum Oct. 16

• Reservations required for event detailing story of Civil War nurse

Staff Report

The Italian Gallery of Rockford’s Ethnic Heritage Museum presents an amazing story of Civil War adventure at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Secret Life of Sarah E?” is the story of one of America’s brave, loyal and fearless nurses, as narrated by gifted Amy Nyman. Nyman has portrayed many historical women throughout the Rockford area.

The museum opens at 2 p.m. the day of the event. Event admission is $3 for individuals and $5 for families. Reservations are required by calling (815) 962-7402.

The next five years, Illinois will commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with statewide events. The Italian Gallery exhibit “Garibaldi Guard!” honors the Italian-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

Garbaldi Guard!” features Civil War uniforms from various Rockford families, an original Civil War flag from the 1860s, original photos, artifacts and documents of one soldier’s capture.

In addition, there is a Camp Fuller display that shows the Rockford Civil War camp area and a 3-foot-by-4-foot 36-star flag from the 1862 period.

As part of the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest, Ethnic Heritage Museum is also exhibiting quilts from the Civil War era; Double X Design (circa 1880); Monkey Wrench pattern; Hole in the Barn pattern; and the Underground Railroad pattern.

In addition, the other galleries display the “Destination Rockford Quilt,” Patriots’ Gateway After-School Program quilts, the Kent Street Studio quilts and a “Calm Ocean” reverse appliqué quilt from Poland.

Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., is unique in its blend of six ethnic groups: African-American, Italian, Lithuanian, Irish, Polish and Hispanic. A visit to each gallery enlightens visitors of the cultural history of these groups.

These exhibits will be on display every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. until November. Admission to museum is $3 for individuals, $5 for families or free to members. Tours can be arranged by contacting the museum at (815) 962-7402 or e-mailing ehm1129@comcast.net. The museum is handicap accessible.

Visit www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org for more details.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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