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 policy is to close when the Rockford Public Schools Close. Therefor the RAM will be CLOSED until further notice due to concerns about the Covid-19 virus. ll Historical Society meetings and RAM events are also canceled.
The health and safety of our guests and volunteers are our primary concerns.
Updates will be posted here, on our FaceBook page, and on a sign at the RAM.
The RAM now dedicates an area in the South Room to the presentation of exhibits that will change regularly to offer a constantly fresh experiences for our visitors.
This exciting new area in the museum now features the history of Rockford as told through postcards from the museum's archives and from the private collection of Terry Konkle, Rockford Area Historical Society President.
During this time when the museum is closed, visit the
NEW "REVOLVING EXHIBITS" PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE.
WE HOPE THESE GLIMPSES INTO ROCKFORD'S PAST WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME GOOD MEMORIES AND A FEW LAUGHS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME WHEM WE ALL CAN USE SOME POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT.
The Revolving Exhibits page will be updated regularly.
Most recent update: Thursday, March 26
The Rockford Area Historical Society in Rockford, Michigan (RAHS) was founded by eight visionaries in 1967. Their goal was to gather, protect, and preserve artifacts, documents, newspapers, and photos that tell the story of the Rockford area's rich heritage. They had a dream of establishing a Rockford Area Museum (RAM) that would house those treasured items, making them available to area residents and visitors to enjoy. Volunteers still work diligently to carry out that original mission. This museum serves the City of Rockford and the neighboring townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, and Plainfield.
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. Learn more by checking all pages of our website or by visiting us.
We are family friendly with exhibits of interest to visitors of all ages from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.
This bell tower was atop the Red Ribbon Hall where suffragist Susan B. Anthony spoke as part of her 1879 Michigan tour in support of voting rights for women. The building was destroyed by fire in September 2007. Ironically, at that time it housed a meat market called "THE SMOKEHOUSE".
Courtland Street looking East
toward Main Street. The current U.S. Post Office is
on the site where the Betts Rooming House is seen.
They saw the future......We honor the past
Main Street looking South from Courtland St. "Now and Then"
See the statue of John Sjogren, Rockford's National hero in front of the RAM.
See his Medal Of Honor in a special exhibit inside the RAM