The Rockford Area Historical Society and Rockford Area Museum
Proudly serving the City of Rockford, Michigan,
the Townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield,
and all of our visitors and guests from around the world
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Rockford Area Historical Society
MEETINGS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Rockford Area Historical Society
presents monthly programs that are generally relative to the Rockford area, educational, and entertaining
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St.
Presentations are approximately one hour followed by refreshments and socializing.
THERE ARE NO MEETINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST
All meetings except January and February are held at 7PM.
January and February meetings are held at 1PM
A holiday potluck is held in December
The year concludes with our annual picnic potluck on the first Thursdayin June.
Hostesses are always needed and appreciated. Call Kathy Christensen at 866-1010, or send a message on our Contact Page to pick a month you can help.
A list of upcoming programs can be seen on this website's HISTORICAL SOCIETY page.
As part of the plan for rotating exhibits at the Rockford Area Museum
(RAM) to eep Providing new experiences for visitors, a display of
vintage lunch boxes is now on exhibit. All of these plus some more
modern versions are on display at the RAM from now through January.
The display is at the RAM thanks to Nate Brown, a Rockford resident
and former builder who is an avid collector of many categories of
The boxes on display are just a small portion of Nate’s lunch box
collection. They are sure to bring back memories for many of us. They
will also be a treat for the RAM’s young visitors who will marvel at
these valuable pieces of American history. Each one tells part of the
story of much simpler times for us all when we got by with just 2 or 3 TV channels and we depended on the Sunday newspaper in which we could see our favorite comic characters - IN COLOR!
The display boasts several dozen lunchboxes, both with and without thermoses as well as a few separate thermos bottles. Some related items such as tiny toy lunchboxes and lunchbox inspired Hallmark Christmas ornaments can also be seen. We are privileged to have these items on loan to us.
You remember I Love Lucy. Well, Lucy is here, as are Superman, Evel Knievel, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Howdy Doody, The Lone Ranger, The Peanuts Gang, Mickey Mouse Club, Rambo, Davy Crockett, the Harlem Globetrotters, and more.
DON'T MISS THIS EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBIT
John Sjogren was a proud Rockford area citizen and an equally proud member of the
US Army during WWII. To read a 2011 Rockford Squire article that recaps his story of heroism that made him a national hero and Rockford's only Medal of Honor recipient.
On August 19, 2016, on what would have been his 100th birthday, a statue of John
Sjogren was dedicated in front of the RAM. Just in time for Memorial Day, 2017, a new
John Sjogren exhibit was installed inside the RAM. The exhibit includes a large graphic
showing a WELCOME HOME parade through downtown Rockford in 1945 and a
showcase holding a Purple Heart awarded to Sjogren, a photo of the Medal of Honor
being presented to Sjogren by President Truman, and the actual Medal of Honor. A
take home brochure tells Sjogren's story and the history of the Medal. This new
exhibit is positioned near our other military displays and artifacts dating back to the Civil War.
Thank you for your continued support.
ROCKFORD AREA BUSINESS OWNERS :
WE COULD USE YOUR HELP
MUSEUMS HELP SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIES
Businesses in communities with active museums benefit from those museums. Seventy-eight percent of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities such as visiting museums.
These travelers spend 63 percent more on average than other leisure travelers.
The Rockford Area Historical Society supports the entire community by operating the RAM six days a week and providing services including including monthly programs, special tours, and research assistance FOR BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, SCOUTS, AND INDIVIDUALS... ALL FREE OF CHARGE
We are asking all area businesses to consider a small one time donation to the RAM. $50 from each business would cover approximately 40% of our budget for 2018. If that is not affordable, any amount will be appreciated. Of course, larger donations would be extremely helpful and appreciated. We promise to repay your generosity by working hard to benefit the entire community.
More info can be found at the top of this page.
For details, please call Al Pratt at 616 485-4144 or use the CONTACT page of this website.
Donations can be sent to:
RAM, PO Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341
Local Restaurants help the RAM with
FREE FOOD our guests of all ages.
FOR YOUNG VISITORS
Guests 12 and under (not tour groups, sorry)
can win a FREE ICE CREAM CONE just for finding
some items in the museum. This game encourages
them to look at the exhibits more closely, and
WHEN THEY DO, THEY LEARN, and then they win
FREE ICE CREAM from Vitale's on Bridge Street.
FUN, LEARNING, AND FREE ICE CREAM
WHAT COULD BE BETTER?
Be sure to thank our friends at Vitale's for their generous support the RAM's Hunt For History Game.
While you're there,don't forget that Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa might like some ice cream, too.
Getting hungry? Consider treating the whole family to a great pizza or one of Vitale's daily lunch or dinner specials.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
This is YOUR
2nd GRADE TOURS
ALWAYS A HUGE HIT
2nd Grade students from Rockford area Elementary Schools visit the museum every year. Trained docents, mostly former teachers, point out items of interest to the young students and explain how life was much different many years ago.
The following volunteers are currently hosting this year's 2nd grade classes:
Kathy Christensen who schedules the tours, and...
Carla Blandford Madge Bolt Linda Critchell Marilyn Drumm Kirsten Farmer Carlene Stamp Jon Stamp
We thank the Rockford Public Schools for including Rockford's history in its 2nd grade curriculum, and the teachers and parents who join the students to make these tours possible. This April and May, over 700 students and 300 adults are expected to pass through the RAM.
As students visit the New RAM, their interest is truly captured by the family friendly exhibits. Each year, several 2nd graders return to show the museum to parents and grandparents.
The RAM's goal has always been to make it enjoyable for young visitors to learn about Rockford's history. It is very gratifying to see that happening.
The Rockford Area Historical Society
founded and dedicated to preserve, protect, and honor the
rich heritage of the entire Rockford area including the
City of Rockford and the surrounding townships of
.Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, and Plainfield
As soon as fund raising for the new RAM began, two of Rockford's fine Restaurants Joined forces to offer
with our popular Scratch Off Card fund raiser. Visitors simply scratch off a silver spot on a game card to reveal a small dollar amount ranging from 5o cents to $3. Then, a donation in the amount revealed will win a Buy 1, Get 1 FREE certificate from either Marinade's Pizza or Grill 111 in downtown Rockford. Marinade's features gourmet wood fired pizza. You'll LOVE it.
Grill 111 is a great restaurant reminiscent of some of the finest intimate bistros in Chicago's Old Town.
This is a real WIN - WIN opportunity. Save on a great meal and support the museum all at the same time. Scratch Off cards are available at the RAM during regular hours and at the Historical Society monthly meetings. If you are planning an evening out in downtown Rockford, stop at the museum first for a terrific dining deal. Please thank our friends at these restaurants for their generous support of the museum.
Preserving our memories of PEOPLE, not THINGS
We have all mourned over the fact that when someone we know passes, we lose not only their presence in our lives, but also their vast knowledge and precious memories.
RAMemories is a service that will help to preserve stories and memories of those people as only they can tell them.
Future generations who may not get a chance to meet these people will still know their images, voices, and memories.
Here is how it works: A video recording of a participating person will be made as he or she relates their favorite stories of life in Rockford. They may be joined by someone they choose to act as interviewer or they can just have a pleasant one on one chat guided by one of our staff members.
The recording sessions will be done primarily at the new RAM but could be done at other locations. After editing, a DVD copy of the recording will be given to the guest. Additional copies will be made available for friends and family. A copy willbe saved in RAM files for viewing later when othersw may want to see them.
If you or a loved one who has long and strong Rockford area ties would like to record those memories, please send us a note by filling out the form on the "Contact" page of this website. TIME SLOTS ARE FILLING QUICKLY
We hope you will consider participating. We look forward to hearing from you.