The Great War: World War I at Midway Village’ set for April 12-13

Staff Report

Midway Village Museum will host a World War I-era living history event titled “The Great War: World War I at Midway Village” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at the museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford. This World War I military event will feature re-enactors portraying soldiers from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary.

Visitors will walk near encampments, talk to the re-enactors about life as a soldier during The Great War, and learn about various military equipment. Indoor displays will include WWI weapons and artifacts, cavalry and medical units, battles and skirmishes in the village and much more.

Visitors will enjoy living history encampments; battles showcasing trench warfare; “Propaganda Posters from WWI” in the Special Exhibits Gallery; cavalry and medical units, and battles and skirmishes in the village.

Visitors may purchase tickets online, at the Museum Store, or at the event gates the day of the event. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 children and students (3-17). Midway Village Museum members are admitted free.

Special lecture and exhibit opening Friday, April 11

As part of the World War I 100th anniversary weekend at the museum, visitors may enjoy a temporary exhibit titled “Propaganda Posters from WWI” in the Special Exhibits Gallery inside the Main Museum Center. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, July 30. The posters on display are from the Collection of Judy Gambrel, the exhibit sponsor. Several of the posters were featured on the American Pickers History Channel cable show.

As part of the opening, a special lecture on World War I titled “From Neutrality To All Out War” presented by local historian Mark Herman, superintendent of education for the Byron Forest Preserve District, will be given Friday, April 11. Cost for the lecture, attending the exhibit opening and refreshments is $10. To make a reservation, contact Laura Furman, curator, at laura.furman@midwayvillage or (815) 397-9112, ext. 108.

For more details, visit or call (815) 397-9112.

From the March 12-18, 2014

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