Freeport, Illinois — The Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center opens two new attractions on Friday, May 5. “It’s a Spring Thing” Gift Show features five popular vendors from past shows at the Center who will be offering spring gift items, including plants, birdhouses, garden art, wreaths, breads, jams and cookies. All of the items are made locally in Stephenson County.
According to Visitors Center Executive Director Connie Sorn, “We have been so fortunate at the Center to work with local artisans who make some wonderful gift items and who have attended our annual Holiday Expo for a number of years. We wanted our visitors to have the opportunity to purchase that special spring gift item for themselves or for their Moms for Mother’s Day”.
The show will run from May 5 through Mother’s Day, May 14.
Also opening on May 5 is the Visitors Center’s newest Expo, The Historical Museums of Stephenson County. The Expo features six local museums, Cedarville Area Historical Museum, German Valley Historical Museum, Lena Area Historical Museum, Rock Run Country Historical Museum, Silvercreek Museum, and Stephenson County Historical Museum. Each museum has provided information, displays, and artifacts.
According to Director Sorn, “Each of our local museums is unique. The museums in the smaller communities do an incredible job preserving their community history and each of their museums showcases so many meaningful local items.”
“The Silvercreek Museum which is operated in conjunction with the antique steam train offers over 20 rooms of early Americana items, and the Stephenson County Historical Museum features not only the historic Oscar Taylor Mansion, but also a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, an arboretum, an industrial museum, and an Arcade Toy Museum. We’re so lucky to have such a wide selection of museums, and we wanted the visitors that come through the Center get a taste of what is offered to entice them to visit the individual museums.”
The Museums Expo will be on display from May 5 through June 18.
The Visitors Center is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm (7 pm beginning on May 26). Funded by private donations, the center is designed to promote economic growth in Freeport and Stephenson County.