Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

Terry Konkle-President


Let’s begin this week with a “Nugget of Rockford History” question. At one time an organization called the Rockford Home Builders Association, with the sponsorship of Wolverine, built many houses which caused our town to have to add two new streets (around 1923). What names were given to them? Contact me (1-616-866-0530) if you can name either or both of the new streets.

The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) has many yearly meetings, and it seems to me that readers should know some of the details concerning them. One would be our regular monthly meetings. They occur the first Thursday of the month at the Rockford Community Cabin beginning in September and ending in June. We do not meet in July or August. Our December meeting is a Christmas potluck while in June we have a picnic. Both of those meetings start at 6:30 P.M. All of our other meetings feature a program along with updates on our activities. In January and February we meet at 1:00 P.M. because of possible poor weather. All months not mentioned we begin at 7:00 P.M.

Attendance at our functions is open to the public as well as members, and often fifty or more people take part. Volunteer hosts/hostesses provide refreshments for our program meetings. We invite all to come and check us out. We do have a cancellation policy for times where bad weather is present. If the Rockford Public Schools are closed for weather conditions, we cancel our meeting.

Most of the Society business, that does not require a vote of the membership, is discussed and decided by the Board of Directors who meet on the last Wednesday of the month at the museum at 12:00 P.M. (with the exception of December, June and July when there is no meeting). Several committees have been formed in the last two years to meet the needs of our new museum project. Board and committee meetings are only open to society and group members.

Readers should know that the RAHS is an active, growing organization that cares about our goal of preservation and promotion of our history. We are a positive group that is working hard to improve our community.

Much effort has been made to inform the public on the workings of our group. We want to be sure that everyone understands what the RAHS is about. We welcome volunteers, and we need to hear what readers and others have to say. We encourage everyone to contact us (1-616-866-0530) with your thoughts. Please also consider joining the RAHS and helping with our projects.


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