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815 Day Celebrations

In collaboration with the RACVB, City of Rockford, and Chamber of Commerce, 815 Day celebrates all things Rock River Valley!  Join Burpee Museum in welcoming all residents and celebrating Rockford educators!

Burpee Celebrates Educators

Special Event

Rockford Day at Burpee Museum
Celebrate Educators of 815
Date: August 15
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Burpee Museum


Featured Events: 
  • Book readings and signings @ Museum Main
  • Door prizes @Museum Main
    • signed children’s books 
    • museum memberships
    • free virtual museum tours for your class
    • free teacher box checkouts
  • Food prepared by Mary’s Market Catering. (Food can be ordered online.)
  • Live music on the Rock River by Attitudes. @#AttitudesRock
  • Junior League of Rockford Info and Deals @ Barnes Mansion
  • Join the 815 Cookie Crawl @ Museum Main
Special Features for Educators of 815:
  • FREE Museum admission for both current and former 815 Educators
  • Reunite with colleagues and meet new ones
Don't Miss:
  • Explore the opening of four brand-new museum exhibits: Ice Age, Geology, Jurassic and East Africa 
  • Experience re-imagined and renovated exhibits: Ordovician Sea, Coal Forest, Mazon Creek, and more!

Book Reading and Signing


Two Featured Titles by 815 Educators
  • Finding Jane the Tyrannosaurus rex at Burpee Museum by Char Remer, Illustrated by Frank Fiorello (2006)
  • Miss Sandra and the Turtle People (2021) by Linda B. Spangrud
  • Miss Ella and the Turtle People (2018) by Linda B. Spangrud


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Linda B. Spangrud

Retired Rockford Teacher, Principal, & District Administrator

Linda B. Spangrud, a Retired Rockford Educator of 21 years (teacher, Principal, & district administrator) returns to Rockford for the 815 Celebration! She is showcasing her newly published second children’s book in her Turtle People Series

Char Remer

Retired 815 Teacher, Principal and University Professor

Char Remer is a retired Adjunct Professor in the Education Department at Rockford University, where she taught Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods. Prior to that she was an Elementary Principal at the Early Childhood Center for the Winnebago Schools

Live Music!
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The Attitudes Band


Enjoy fun rock and roll from modern covers to the classics!

More Information about Rockford Day--815Day:

Rockford Day invites local businesses, agencies, non-profits, and other organizations from both the private and public sectors to join in the celebration by offering Rockford Day themed specials, discounts and events across the city and surrounding communities.