Historical society celebrates Arcade Toy Co. at annual dinner – News – Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — The threat of rain couldn’t dim the spotlight thrown on Arcade Toy Co. at Sunday’s annual meeting and dinner held by the Stephenson County Historical Society.

The event had been postponed from the spring by the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, organizers hustled under threatening skies to move the event from a spot outdoors on the museum grounds into one of the exhibit buildings.

“The annual meeting and dinner is a tradition and something that we are required to do each year to update our members and the community on the business of the museum, and also use this as a fundraiser,” said Sharon Welton said, executive director of the Stephenson County Historical Society. “This is our way to bring our members together, to discuss the past year and tackle business matters.”

The museum has the largest collection of Arcade’s cast iron toys on exhibit, all of them manufactured

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