RAHS announces 2013 Rockford Area Museum auction date

Museum-signAs the NEW Rockford Area Museum (RAM) works on completing exhibits in the first of two main exhibit rooms in the former Courthouse next to City Hall, The Rockford Area Historical Society, (RAHS) is proud to announce that the second annual “Museum Weekend” and fund raising auction will take place on Saturday, September 28.

This will be an exciting weekend in Downtown Rockford as it also marks the first weekend of this year’s Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. The highly popular Scarecrow “Make and Take” fundraiser for the museum and Rockford Community Services will also begin that weekend. Current plans call for that event to be held at the old museum building on three weekends beginning on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, and concluding on Sunday, October 13.

Last year, the museum’s auction was held in the former courthouse, but with the new museum taking shape there, the City has graciously offered to make City Hall available as the host location for this year’s auction activities. A silent auction, jammed with great items will be conducted inside City Hall. The always exciting live auction, conducted by Jack Robillard, an entertaining and highly experienced local auctioneer, will take place under a big tent in the parking lot.

The new RAM will feature new exhibits, many of which are designed to appeal to young visitors as well as their parents and grandparents. Services are also being expanded to include longer, year around operating hours, children’s programs including puppet shows, and valuable assistance with genealogy and other research projects under the direction of Pat Frye, the museum’s Research Director.

The commitment to the community is a huge one. Fulfilling that commitment depends on the continuing support of Rockford area businesses and residents.

The auction is the museum’s most important fund raising project of the year. For this event to be successful, your help is needed.

The auction can use new items in almost any product category plus other items of value such as merchant’s services, collectibles, vintage items, tools, gift cards and certificates, sports memorabilia, celebrity autograph items, cash to purchase auction items and defer auction expenses, facility rentals (banquet halls, auditoriums, etc.), vacation rentals (timeshares, condos, cottages, airfare, motor home rentals, fishing charters, etc.), plus cars, trucks, and outdoor equipment such as tractors, lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. (in running condition).

This list may not include all donation possibilities. If you have items you may want to donate, the auction committee would love to hear from you.

The auction will focus on Auction items valued at $100 or more, with other items valued at $25 helping to ensure that there will be something for everyone at this year’s event.

Feature items with values of at least $500 are also being sought. These items that will make the live auction especially exciting, and their donors will receive special attention in pre-auction publicity and on auction day.

Auction items donated by you, your business, or your organization will be sincerely appreciated as they will help support the new RAM that will be a standard of excellence for small museums everywhere, and a source of pride for the entire Rockford area.

For more information or to plan your donation, call the museum at 616 866-2235 or send an email to rockfordmuseum@gmail.com.

Informational flyers with donation forms are also being distributed by businesses throughout the Rockford area.

The Rockford Historical Society is a 501©3 Non-Profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.



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