by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) is about to start our new year of meetings and programs. During the months of July and August, we do not have regular meetings, but we do begin our monthly board meetings on the last Wednesday of August. Our officers for the year are elected at our meeting in June and met on August 29, 2012 for the first time. So that readers can learn a bit more about our group, this column and others from time to time will present information about the RAHS. The following are the officers and others who make up our board of directors: president Terry Konkle, vice president Jack Bolt, recording secretary Kathy Christensen, corresponding secretary Carla Blandford, treasurer Dianne Skiver; trustees Bob Boyer, Joan Bunn, Victor Matthews, Shirley Norman and Bob Winegar; museum director Pat Frye, museum curator Kathy Cornwell, museum archivist Janet Matthews, and program director Janette Konkle. The board normally meets the last Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m. at the museum. All society members are welcome to attend board meetings. Our regular meetings, with programs, start in September and continue monthly through June. These meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at the Rockford Community Cabin. The meeting time and the program content are published in a brochure and are included in The Rockford Squire in the weeks before. Brochures are available at the museum or by calling (616) 866-0530. All meetings are open to the public. You do not need to be a member to attend. Our first regular meeting for this year is September 6 at 7 p.m. It will be an opportunity for the community to learn the latest information about our new museum project. As readers can imagine, our meeting on August 29 was a very important one because of all the things that happened over the summer. Much time was spent bringing everyone up to date on the many committee meetings and activities that have occurred. Our auction/scarecrow weekend plans were covered along with an update on fundraising. The new museum restoration was discussed. We talked about funding the museum after it is opened. Additional items on our agenda included a program update, […]
Rockford Area Museum
The public is invited to find out the latest plans and progress of the new Rockford Area Museum, which is slated to open in the former 63rd District courthouse in downtown Rockford. A meeting will be held at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and any questions will be answered.
As progress continues toward the creation of a new Rockford Area Museum (RAM), members of the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) are seeing that interest in the project is growing tremendously. Instead of encountering people who are surprised to learn that Rockford even has a museum, as has often happened in the past, RAHS members are now being approached by people who have questions about the new museum. The questions include: Exactly where is the new museum located? When will the new museum open? What will it be like? Will it be open more often than the current museum? What services will it offer? Who will operate it? The answers to those great questions and many others are very encouraging, and the RAHS is anxious to share those answers with the entire community. What began as the dream of a few of your dedicated neighbors is now becoming a reality for the entire Rockford area. The huge challenge that began just about a year ago has been met head on. The pieces of the gigantic puzzle are falling into place and RAHS wants to share the excitement of what this new museum will mean to us all. To accomplish that, the RAHS will have a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Community Cabin at which information about the entire new museum project will be presented. All area residents and business people are invited to attend. The Community Cabin is located at 220 N. Monroe, just south of Lewis St. The meeting will feature a short presentation about how the topic of a new museum began, and how plans for the new museum have been, and are, progressing. Information about what the community can expect from their new museum will also be provided. The meeting will be kept as brief as possible. Refreshments will be served. This will be the perfect opportunity for area residents who have questions, to get them answered, and also for residents to share their thoughts about what they would like their new museum to be like. The excitement is building. The RAHS is working with a highly respected museum designer who intends to make our new museum his signature piece for small city museums. It will include […]
As many of you know, Rockford’s Harvest Festival, which has traditionally run for three weekends—the last weekend in September and the first two weekends in October—has been cut back to two weekends, starting on October 6 for 2012. But that doesn’t mean that there will be no activity in town on the last weekend in September. In fact the excitement may be greater than usual because of activities planned by the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) and the new Rockford Area Museum (RAM). As in the past, scarecrow building will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 at the current museum on Bridge Street. This popular fundraiser is a community favorite. All funds raised benefit the RAHS and North Kent Community Services. In addition, the former courthouse next to City Hall, the future home of the new museum, will be the site of an exciting auction on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Actually, this will be a three-way auction—an online auction will begin well before “Museum Weekend.” An announcement will be made when items are posted there and available for bidding. The events downtown will include a silent auction, which will be available for viewing and bidding at the former courthouse on Friday evening and on Saturday, as well as an exciting live auction outdoors. Plans are to have food and beverages and entertainment available at the auction site on both dates. Put this weekend on your calendar. Bring the whole family downtown for a truly enjoyable time. There will be something for everyone. Both events are being run entirely by volunteers including the services of two area auction professionals, who have generously offered to help. Jack Robillard Auctioneers of Rockford and OAS International, part of the Miedema Auctioneering group of companies, are joining forces to provide RAHS with professional assistance in planning and conducting this major fundraiser. If you would like to help, you can call (616) 866-2235 to offer small-size clothing items, which are always needed for the scarecrow project. If it is necessary to leave a message, please do so. Someone will contact you about your donation. The auction is seeking auction items and volunteers to help with this large undertaking. Item donations could include household […]