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 will be CLOSED until further notice due to concerns about the Covid-19 virus.
All Historical Society meetings have also been canceled until further notice
This will be constantly reviewed as circumstances change.
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.
Check the Revolving Exhibits Pages
historic Rockford postcards and photos of WWW
and a new MUSEUM PHOTO page under the Museum Tab
Check back for updates. Last updated on Saturday, May 30
Check the Events
and Activities Page
for a FUN Rockford
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A Revolving Exhibit 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 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