Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society We will begin with a correction from last week’s column. I gave readers the wrong date for the benefit play “Ragweed Blues.” The performance by the Rogue River Community Theatre will take place on Sunday, April 29 at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs at 2:00 p.m. […]

Structures from Great Depression tell a story of Rockford today

This former Kent County Road Commission garage shows today the architectural trends that were common during the Great Depression. It features columns and ornate detail that did not add to the functionality of the structure, but were a trademark typical of classically trained architects. The building is now owned by Wolverine Worldwide and stands on Northland Drive.

by BETH ALTENA Take a look at some of Rockford’s buildings today and you will find a history lesson about a time when jobs were scarce, the economy was terrible and people were unemployed in record numbers. Many structures dating from the Great Depression years are still in use today and tell a story about […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society On Monday, Jan. 9, at the monthly meeting of the Rockford City Council, I presented information to Council members regarding the progress made by the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) dealing with our museum relocation project. When the Council gave their consent in July 2011 to allow […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Someone told me a few months ago that the key ingredient to having a successful project was to get people to believe in your cause. When the project is to move our museum to a much better location, the first believers have to be those promoting the […]

History of weapons during Michigan’s frontier recounted

Weapons changed as settlers arrived and the state developed by BETH ALTENA As big game disappeared from Michigan’s landscape and the needs of pioneer settlers changed, so did the weapons they used in day-to-day life, explained Rockford resident and firearms historian Jon Stamp. Stamp was the presenter during the November Rockford Area Historical Society meeting […]