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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens is displaying the first exhibit for 2014, “A Change Through Time: A Photographic Exhibit of the Tinker Cottage.” The exhibit runs Feb. 3-June 28.
The landscape surrounding Robert Tinker’s Swiss Cottage has changed dramatically over the past 150 years. Originally, the area was used as pasture lands when Robert had the ambitious desire to scoop up the property and begin building. Throughout the years, Robert toiled to create the ideal landscape on more than 27 acres of land, in the heart of downtown Rockford. As a result of a variety of factors, the current landscape does not reflect the ideal that had been created on the Tinker estate.
This exhibit focuses on the changes to the cottage and the landscape from the first recorded photographs ever taken of Robert Tinker’s property, to the last photographs taken by the Tinker family. The tour focuses on the five main areas of the Tinker estate: the main drive, the formal gardens, the working farm and the bridge view. Captured in the timeless photographs is a visual history of the 150 years of change to the Tinker estate.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum was founded in 1942 and has served the Winnebago and surrounding areas through education, outreach and events. Sam Oliveri is the president of the Board of Trustees.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is at 411 Kent St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 964-2424 or online at www.tinkercottage.com.
Posted Feb. 4, 2015