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Ethnic Heritage Museum Italian Gallery - "Carnevale"

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See beautiful Italian costumes typically worn during Carnevale, the 1800s city-wide festival. This was an exciting time of daring, crowded streets filled with revelry, music and royalty hiding behind colorfully glorious masks.

Masks purchased in Venice, the "Queen of the Adriatic"

Learn why they call Carnevale the time when One becomes Any One!

Legends of Puncinella and Harliquino come alive in the Italian Gallery.

Subarea: Rockford Southwest

Directions: From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.): West 6.5 miles on Business 20 to IL 2 southbound (S. Church St.). Turn left (south) on IL for a little over one mile; museum is on the right-hand side of the street. From I-39: Go west on Bypass U.S. 20 to IL 2 (N. Main St.); turn north on IL 2 to the museum on the west side of the street. Join us as local history lives on in a quaint home built in 1850's. Known today as The Ethnic Heritage Museum it is here that you will find six fascinating galleries devoted to the primary immigrant groups that settled in southwest Rockford, IL. African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish.

Through displays of early Rockford area maps, everyday artifacts, vintage clothing and more, visitors of all ages can learn about Old World customs and traditions. Historical photographs tell the stories of the earliest settlers who established factories near the old "waterpower district" and built their homes nearby. By comparing early with current lifestyles, the museum strives to bridge the gap between yesterday and today ... encouraging visitors to relive the past with a clear focus on Rockford's bright future.

Tours may be scheduled during the week. If you would like more information on membership or request a private tour please call us at (815) 962-7402!

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Event Date: Feb 03, 2013 07:39 PM - Apr 28, 2013 07:39 PM
Hours of Operation: Not Listed
Notes: None Listed


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