Rockford Historical Society

Rockford Historical Society News and Updates

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President   Two weeks ago the “Nugget of Rockford History” portion of the column consisted of ten statements that were either true or false. Three readers, Carole Holden Christensen, Jan Konkle and Dave Hutchings, contacted me with their answers and comments. Here are the correct answers: (1) False – the last train was well before 2000 (anyone [...]

Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   UNSAFE BY ANY MEASURE—with the collapse of a major portion of the Burch Body Works facility the entire main building is soon to be demolished and removed. Ironically, while the Rockford Historical Society is gearing up to move its Rockford Area Museum to the vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall, at the very [...]


May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Terry Konkle The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) continues to be a busy group. As part of our fundraising efforts, members of RAHS and others will take part in the annual Parade of Homes event. Thirty-six volunteers will be involved greeting guests over the nine days of showing homes. They will work in [...]

We are all part of the history of Rockford

February 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL With your help, coming soon to a courthouse near you – the new home of the Rockford Area Museum. Photo by CLIFF 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 [...]

R.A.M. artifact #9

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Century Camera on a tripod Century Camera was founded in 1900 by three disgruntled employees of the Rockester Optical Company (NY). It was bought out by George Eastman (Kodak) in 1903, but the name remained in use until the 1920s. The camera was donated by Martha Goetz as a memorial for Robert Vaughn [...]
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