RAM artifact #6

Crosscut Saw

This long saw was donated to the Rockford Area Museum (RAM) by Forrest Simmons. Rockford was, at one time, a gateway to incredibly large virgin forests of white and red pine, north of here, accessed by the Rogue River and its tributaries. The saw was handled by two men, one on each end. This type […]

Rockford Area Historical Society news and updates

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By TERRY KONKLE President As many people know, the Rockford Area Historical Society believes that the preservation and presentation of our history is important. A major goal of the group is to help fund a museum to display our history and to educate all ages as to what has happened in our area over the years. Right […]

RAM (Rockford Area Museum) artifact #2 ‘The story of the newspapers dress

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Three girls entered a contest to celebrate the Rockford Register’s 100th birthday during the Start of Summer Celebration in 1971. Marcia Jo Bunn Brewer made a newspaper dress pattern from the Rockford Register and won the contest. Her prize was a telephone given by Michigan Bell. Marcia graduated from Rockford High School in 1973 and […]

Historical Society begins RAM fund campaign

“THE FIRSH PHOTOGRAPH OF LAPHAMVILLE 1865” —This is the first known image of Laphamville, Rockford’s original name. The camera had only been invented about forty years earlier and was just then entering mainstream use (and it was still a difficult, sensitive process). This shows that even in difficult times, new technology still spread rapidly... even to a little town on the edge of the new frontier.

The Rockford Area Museum (RAM) is in the midst of a major move and fundraising campaign. To celebrate this historic event, the RAM announces a community-wide event to select an artifact, from a list of 50 selected by the museum’s board and director, which best represents our unique history. Each week, a new selection will […]