The 1960s was a time of high consumption, experimentation and cultural change. The Connecting with History Series explores the 1960s and the impact it had on our community. We will explore popular music, fashion and visual culture as well as John F .Kennedy and his visits to Rockford in 1959 and 1960. What were the changes taking place nationally in music, fashion and politics that impacted Rockford? Join us as local historians and experts help us relive life in Rockford fifty years ago.
The Songs They Are A-Changin': Music of the 1960s - 2 pm . Sunday, February 11 Amber Bruns will survey the music of the era, featuring Rock, Motown and Country. Artists featured include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and many others.
JFK, Rockford and The Nation - 2 pm . Sunday, February 25 Dr. Catherine Forslund of Rockford University will talk about the times President John F Kennedy visited Rockford and the impact his administration had on Rockford, Illinois.
The Visual Culture of the 1960s - 2 pm . Sunday, March 11 Dr. Jennifer Langworthy of Rockford University will speak about the fashion of the 1960s and its broader artistic and cultural context.
Admission Per Lecture: $7 adults; $6 students; $5 members To purchase tickets online visit http://midwayvillage.org/2018-lecture-schedule/. You can also stop by the Museum Store or call 815-397-9112 to make a reservation with the purchase of a ticket. Online tickets are mailed to you prior to the lectures. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged
Directions: Midway Village Museum - 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90 and E. State St. (U.S. Business 20): Go west on E. State to Perryville Rd. Turn right (north) on Perryville to Guilford Rd. (about 1 mile). Turn left (west) on Guilford Rd. to museum entrance on south side of street. From the south: I-39 to I-90 (north, toward Wisconsin) and proceed as above. From IL 251 or IL 2 and Business U.S. 20: Go east on Business 20 to Mulford Rd. Turn left (north) on Mulford to Guilford and turn right (east). Look for the signature Millhouse by the entrance gate.