During the months of July and August the Rockford Area Historical Society does not have meetings. Our program meetings are the first Thursday of the other ten months, and they will begin on September 5, 2013. Vic Villarreal will present “The Edmund Fitzgerald” at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Cabin. All of the society meetings are at the “Cabin”, but sometimes the time of the meeting is different. A program brochure giving all of the needed information will be available in September at the museum. All meetings are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member to attend, so mark your calendars and join us anytime.
Readers might be interested to know that our historical society has a board made up of all elected officers. This year the board consists of Terry Konkle, Jack Bolt, Kathy Christensen, Carla Blandford, Diane Skiver, Jan Konkle, Joan Bunn, Bob Boyer, Bob Winegar and Shirley Norman. This group meets at 12:00 noon on the last Wednesday of the month at the museum. No meetings are held in June or July. All society members are welcome to attend board meetings and participate in discussions but only board members can vote on things. Our museum director, Al Pratt, is also on the board but can not vote. Our first board meeting for the 2013-14 year is Wednesday, August 28. A lot of society business this past summer has necessitated some decisions made by telephone and over the internet.
As we have worked on moving material from the old museum to the new location, several items have been found that are duplicates. For instance, the museum has copies of every Rockford High School Yearbook ever issued. We also have extra copies of different years. We have checked with the Rockford Library and some of them were needed there. We also sold a few at our sidewalk sale in July, but we still have many. If readers have an interest in them, please contact me (616-866-0530), and I will make arrangements to show them to you. The cost is $5.00 a book or one can make a larger donation if desired. All sales go toward running our museum.
Phone service is now available at the new museum (616-866-2235), and we are working on getting our answering machine to work efficiently. We have been having problems with it, but hopefully we can get it going. We also have an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Al Pratt (485-4144) and I can also be reached by phone. The new museum also has access to the internet on a continuing basis which should help with research and other things.
September 28, 2013 will be the day of our second annual Rockford Area Historical Society Auction. This Saturday fundraiser will consist of both a silent and live auction taking place at City Hall and in the adjoining parking lot. An auction committee headed by Roger Humbert has been hard at work planning for this “museum weekend” the first Saturday of “ Harvest Festival”. The auction profits are one of the major sources of revenue to run our museum. Lots of readers donated auction items last year, and I hope many will be willing to help us again. We learned a lot from our experience with last year’s successful auction and should be able to make this second one even better. Contact us if you can help!
In closing, I want to mention that our museum has a new neighbor. Last month, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce moved into the northern section of the former courthouse building. Their new location seems like an ideal fit for our community. The Historical Society and the Chamber have worked together well in the past few years and will continue to be “good friends and neighbors.”
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