To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 30, 1941

Donating artifacts to Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is Winnebago County’s oldest museum. It still serves its original mission as a repository of artifacts, archives, and ephemera. These activities are the basis of preserving the legacy of citizens from Rockford and Winnebago County who have served in American military forces. The Hall is also home to many Veterans groups that use the space for meeting.

However, the museum staff must be selective about what material can be accepted into the collection, based on whether or not we already have an object in the collection, the condition of the object, and our ability to properly care for the object[s]. military eq Items must be in stable or good condition. The museum has limited resources to repair or conserve new items coming in to the collection.

Books may be accepted if they meet our mission, enhance our ability to research existing collections, relate to the history of local veterans activities.

Please fill out the Potential Acquisition Receipt to bring with your item or contact our Curator for further information about a specific donation.


Potential Acquisition Receipt