We are all part of the history of Rockford

With your help, coming soon to a courthouse near you – the new home of the  Rockford Area Museum.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL History is a living thing. It’s not only about the past, history is being made today and it will continue being made tomorrow and into the future. You may think history is boring and you may well have hated it in school but nevertheless, everyone plays a role in the […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

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by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society My writing this week will be devoted mostly to sharing some information about the history of the Rockford area. I call this a “Did YouKnow” column. Did you know: • Smith Laphams’ daughter, Amy Ann, was Rockford’s first school teacher. • Fremont Street was named after John […]

R.A.M. artifact #10

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History museum remembers ‘high tech’ of the past Over the past decade, we have marveled at the changes in the technology of music. iPods, file-sharing, music in everyone’s phone, speakers that fit into your pant’s pocket, the list goes on and on. While these changes have been amazing, they were “next versions” of existing models […]

Rockford jazz band to perform at museum fundraiser

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Audiences will be treated to a double barreled musical treat on February 18 when Mark Randisi presents his Big Band “Sound of Sinatra” tribute for the benefit of the new Rockford Area Museum. It has been confirmed that the Rockford High School jazz band will be performing prior to the main show. Beginning at approximately 7:15 […]

R.A.M. artifact #8

Childsdale Mansion Pottery Collage These are pottery pieces from around the vicinity of the Childsdale mansion. Childsdale, originally called Gibraltar, was comprised of a paper mill and the houses surrounding it as well as the mansion, built by the namesake’s son, Horace Childs. The mansion burned in a suspicious fire shortly after its owner died […]