Cultural holiday traditions at three Rockford museums Dec. 14

Staff Report

Step back in time to enjoy cultural holiday decorations and entertainment from three known landmarks in Rockford: The Ethnic Heritage Museum, The Erlander Home Museum, and the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. Each location will bring the traditions of the holidays to life from noon until 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14.

It should be a really interesting event,” said Ashley Downing. “People get to enjoy the beautiful decorations, and they get to learn the history of the traditions.”

Each location will focus on different groups and traditions in the Rockford area. Ethnic Heritage Museum (1129 S. Main St.) — African-American,  Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish holiday traditions. The Erlander Home (404 S. Third St.) — Swedish holiday traditions. Tinker Swiss Cottage (411 Kent St.) — Victorian Christmas traditions.

A horse-drawn wagon will take people to each location,” Downing said. “The horses will start at Tinker around noon and will circle to all three locations until 4 p.m.”

All three locations will provide entertainment and traditional holiday beverages and snacks. Ethnic Heritage Museum will showcase traditional holiday songs and storytelling, Erlander will have Lucia, and The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will have the Rockford East High School Madrigals.

Cost is $12 per individual, $36 for a group pass of four. The horse-drawn wagon is free for participants and is provided by Ellingson Family. Tickets can be pre-ordered from each venue or purchased at any location the day of the event. For more information, call (815) 964-2424 or visit

From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue

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