History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
$18 for a 1900s America Event Family Day Pass (Up to $36 Value)
- Two adult one-day passes (a $24 value)
- Two children's one-day passes (a $12 value)
Passes grant entry to either day of the 1900 America Chautauqua festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10.
In a stunning twist to an already tumultuous election year, a dark-horse candidate—long considered out of the running—announces his return to the political arena. Teddy Roosevelt declares himself a candidate for the Republican party of 1900 at Midway Village Museum's annual Chautauqua historical reenactment festival, which also stars such turn-of-the-century celebrities as Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, and Annie Oakley. Re-creating the travelling fairs that comprised that distant era's World Wide Web, the festival resurrects the traditions of sharpshooting and trick riding as Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World perform three times throughout the weekend, supplementing the live entertainment from folk crooner Mark Dvorak and Rockford's own Betsy Kaske. Among the high-wheeled bicycle demonstrations and snake-oil peddlers, visitors looking to relive Roosevelt's pugilistic leadership style can step into the boxing ring for lessons from C. Allen Read, Professor of Antagonistics and head instructor at Gallowglass Academy.
Museum members receive free admission.
Midway Village Museum
Established in 1968, Midway Village Museum embodies a sprawling, 137-acre time capsule. Within the museum’s 27 fully functioning, Victorian buildings, exhibits tell the story of Rockford since its incorporation in the early 19th century. Throughout the years, the town has made history as the progenitor of the sock monkey, the launching point for aviator Bert Hassell, and home of the Rockford Peaches—an all-female baseball team fictionalized in the film A League of Their Own, though the real squad neither played in the 1943 championship nor battled a CGI dragon. Other attractions amid the barns, blacksmiths, and general stores include a dollhouse museum and a meticulous archive of Rockford’s long, proud history in the furniture industry.
“Great place for kids.”
6799 Gilford Rd.
Rockford, Illinois 61107