Search billions of records on Ancestry.com

The Ethnic Heritage Museum

1129 South Main Street

Rockford, IL
Phone: (815) 962-7402
Hours: Open 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays

The Ethnic Heritage Museum Link


Dedicated to preserving the history of the six ethnic groups that settled in SW Rockford ... the Irish, Italians, African-Americans, Polish, Lithuanians and Hispanics.

Admission: $2.00, $1.00 for children

Although this museum is not a rich source of genealogical information, it has two items of interest to the genealogist.

The first is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings containing information about Rockford's west side residents and some other memorable experiences of the times beginning in the 1940's. There is special emphasis on Lithuanian families. There is no index.

The second is a book about early African-American experiences in the Rockford area and includes information on well-known, local African-Americans. That Men Know So Little About Men. This book, however, is in a case and not available to research.

A third resource of the museum is the tour guide. He is very familiar with the history of the west side of Rockford and may be able to answer questions on west-side history.

Return to Top of Page


[Winnebago County Homepage] [USGenWeb] [ILGenWeb]


Katy Hestand

County Coordinator

Copyright 2005. All Rights Reserved. All materials contained on these pages are furnished for the free use of those individuals researching their family origins. ANY COMMERCIAL USE, PUBLICATION, OR POSTING OF THIS MATERIAL ON ANY OTHER WEBSITE, WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE CO-COORDINATOR/ AUTHOR/SUBMITTER OF THE MATERIAL/PAGE, IS PROHIBITED. All images used on these pages were obtained from sources permitting free distribution, or generated by the author, and are subject to the same restrictions/permissions. All persons contributing material for posting on these pages do so in recognition of their free, non-commercial distribution, and furthermore, are responsible to assure that no copyright is violated by their submission.

Created for the ILGenWeb Project by Cecelia Yeruski.
This page was last updated Monday, 18-Apr-2005 10:03:15 MDT