Rockford Area Museum

RAM artifact #6

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 of saw was typically used once a tree was already down, in order to cut the log into workable sections.

Rockford Area Historical Society news and updates

December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 now our society, with the help of others, is working to create a major change for our area. We need lots of help from people, organizations and businesses to make a positive impact on our history. Members of the Rockford Area Historical Society along with many other people in our community continue to work toward moving the Rockford Area Museum (RAM) from its present location to the vacant portion of the Rockford District Court building. Fundraising has been going on for about three months, and we have received many pledges and money toward the project. We have also had offers of help with the cost of construction from several businesses. As of December 1, 2011 we have commitments for close to $120,000. This is about one third of what we projected to the city of Rockford ($340,000) to be needed to finance the move.  Because of the offers of in kind help, the total cost should be lower than the $340,000. Fundraising brochures, which explain our project and show how to pledge or donate, are available at many local businesses including the Rockford Squire, Herman’s Boy and Antor Travel and by contacting the society (Terry Konkle 616-866-0530). It has been brought to our attention that the partial Michigan tax credit  for donations to groups like a museum will NOT be tax deducible in Michigan after this year, so donors should be aware of it when making donations (make them before the end of the year). The Rockford Area Historical Society and the Rockford Area Community Endowment are both 501 (c) (3) non profit organizations. The society has a fundraising event planned for Saturday, February 18, 2012 when Mark Randisi will bring his outstanding Frank Sinatra show,”THE SOUND OF SINATRA” to the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Publicity and ticket sales information is in place and tickets are already being sold on line at and at the following area locations: Antor Travel-Northland Drive and12 Mile, Double Take-Rockford, […]

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

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 went on to become a licensed practical nurse. Joan Bunn, Marcia’s mother, was instrumental in the formation of the historical society.

Historical Society begins RAM fund campaign

November 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 be offered in The Rockford Squire. As the opening date nears, a voting window will be opened on the museum’s soon-to-be-new website so you, the people of Rockford, can decide. Thank you for participating and stay tuned to see your new RAM in the coming year.

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