Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford, Michigan
Rockford Area Museum
Founded in 1967 to preserve the area's rich heritage
Serving the entire Rockford area since 1976
The RAM still remains closed during this pandemic until we can be reasonably certain that reopening can be done safely for our volunteers and guests.
We have had many recent inquiries about the donation of items for the museum. At this time we are not accepting item donations. We would appreciate it if you could hold onto them until we reopen and begin accepting items again.
iF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, CALL AL PRATT AT 616 485-4144
Last Update: 1/15/2021
Receipts from Family Fare, D & W, and any other
Spartan Store to support the RAM can now be
dropped off at Aunt Candy's on Courtland, right
across the street from the Corner Bar in downtown
Rockford. These receipts will help the RAM earn a $1,000 donation
from the Spartan Stores "Direct Your Dollars" program that helps local charities.
YOUR SUPPORT AND AUNT CANDY'S ARE APPRECIATED!
Support our local merchants. Shop and Dine in Rockford
Please support our "Direct Your Dollars" fund raiser. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING!
. THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE FOR MUSEUM ADMISSION.
WE DEPEND ON MEMBERSHIP DUES, FUND RAISING PROJECTS,
AND FREE WILL DONATIONS WHICH ARE SINCERELY APPRECIATED.
The first Rockford Area Museum was opened in 1976. In 2013 a new RAM replaced the original facility. It offers expanded services and programs and a museum experience that sets a high standard of excellence for small city museums. We are family friendly with exhibits of interest to visitors of all ages from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. We look forward to seeing you "IN PERSON" sometime soon.
Do you have a request? Maybe we can help!
When the RAM is open, we often receive requests for information about businesses, homes, people, or events from Rockford's history. The ability of our researchers to work on those requests is very limited at this time, but maybe we can help in another way. If you have an inquiry, submit it on our Contact Page with the subject line reading "HISTORY QUESTION". Include your contact information. We will post it here and ask anyone who may be able to help with the answer to contact you or send us the answer so we can share it. Don't be shy. Our website visitors can be a goldmine of information. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
During this time when the museum is closed, visit the
"REVOLVING EXHIBITS" PAGES ON THIS WEBSITE
TO SEE PHOTOS AND POSTCARDS FROM OUR EXHIBIT
THAT WAS INTERRUPTED BY COVID-19
YOU CAN EVEN SEE SOME OF THIS EXHIBIT AND MORE FROM
OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM.
Over 200 copies of many of historic photos, ads,
documents and newspaper articles have been
posted in the RAM windows and doors.
BE SURE TO STOP BY AND TAKE A PEEK.
FUNDRAISING CONTINUES YEAR AROUND
During the museum closure due to the pandemic,
as always, we are grateful for donations of any amount.
WE are an IRS 501(c)3 Non Profit organization
Donations are tax deductible as allowed under IRS laws and guidelines.
Rockford Area Historical Society, PO Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341
Thanks go to the generosity of
the owner of the Speed Merchant
Bike Shop building and the
Rockford Farm Market, both of
whom provided high profile spots
for the RAM to conduct this very
Starting in 2018, we added pumpkins that had been grown by Paul Krupp for that project. After Paul’s tragic death on Sept. 1, 2018 following a traffic accident, his wife Nancy made sure that his wish of donating pumpkins for the event was fulfilled. The proceeds from the pumpkins were shared by the Rockford Area Museum (RAM) and North Kent Connect just as the scarecrow proceeds had been then and in past years.
New Record set in 2020
$2,613.50 RAISED for
"ANY PUMPKIN for ANY DONATION"
“Any Pumpkin for Any Donation” allowed a person to choose any pumpkin from the wide variety available for whatever amount they chose to donate to the RAM.
It seemed that the event would come to an end after that first year when Nancy Krupp was understandably unable to continue the growing and harvesting of pumpkins for it. Hearing that, Terry Clement, a Rockford Historical Society member and valuable volunteer offered to grow the pumpkins for the event starting in 2019. This is a huge project that Terry has tackled along with some of his friends and family as they grow, cultivate, load, and transport the pumpkins for this great event.
Also starting last year, 100% of the pumpkin proceeds now go to the museum. The results have been terrific. This year was unbelievable. With no scarecrows and a shortened Harvest Festival this year, the pumpkins set a new record by accepting over $2,613.50 in donations compared to $1,768.18 last year. This was due largely to the great assortment of pumpkins and gourds that Terry grew. Credit also goes to Amy Ortego who has emerged as Rockford’s unofficial “Queen of the Pumpkins”. Amy dons her pumpkin apron and works nonstop displaying the pumpkins and extracting generous donations from those who stop to support the RAM. Many thanks go to Amy and all of the other volunteers who helped this year.
And most importantly, thanks to the Rockford community for stepping up during this difficult time when the museum continues to depend on your support. The “Rockford Way” is alive and well.
Two days without scarecrows in 2020 exceeded 2019's 4 days with scarecrows by over 47%.
IS THIS A GREAT COMMUNITY OR WHAT??
Your support is sincerely appreciated!