Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2015 – Cover, Table of Contents

Source: The actual magazine. Rockford Public Library has past issues of the magazine that do not circulate but can be read in the library (usually the Local History Room).

Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Cabin Fever Winter 2015, Volume 12, Number 1

Page 17 above.   All issues of all magazines are not catalogued.  Northwest Quarterly contains “Local History” and indexing helps library staff find the issue with an article about Camp Grant or the article about Mendelssohn Club’s 100th Anniversary much faster for customers.  See also website:

Eventually every name in every article will be tagged so that it can be searched in this index.  The post is “published” before that all are entered; the procedure prevents loss of all the names that already have been entered.

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Cover photograph by Brad Nordloff




Holiday Happenings Shares Cultural Customs

Collaboration among 3 Rockford Museums: Tinker Swiss Cottage, Erlander Home and Ethnic Heritage Museum

Tinker showcased Victorian Christmas traditions; two Christmas trees: a full green tree and a German feather tree, made of goose feathers, 2 – 3 feet high.

Erlander will showcase St. Lucia, with a crown of Lingonberry branches and candles.  The home will be festooned with traditional Swedish decorations.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum has galleries showcasing the heritage of 6 cultures: Lithuanian, Italian, African-American, Irish, Polish and Hispanic. The Lithuanian gallery includes a nativity scene hand carved from Beeswax. The Irish gallery is draped with holly and mistletoe.  The focal point in the Polish gallery is Szopki, also called a fairy castle, an elaborate Nativity scene, sometimes as high as 6 feet.  The  Italian ceppo is a tiered pyramid shaped wooden fame, also called the Tee of Light. The Hispanic gallery features a tree decorated with straw and knit ornaments.

Holiday Happenings is on Dec. 14, from noon until 4:00.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Holiday 2014, Vol. 11, No. 6. pp 217 – 221.