Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

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.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   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 same time, what might be the oldest manufacturing facility in Rockford is about to be demolished and removed. The […]

ROCKFORD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS & UPDATE

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society 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. […]

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 […]

R.A.M. artifact #9

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Century Camera on a tripod

RAM artifact #7

A typical one-room school house from Rockford’s early days was painted by Adah Stone McBride, a member of Rockford Area Historical Society. Noted in this framed photo: “First school house in Rockford area, 1840s.” There definitely is a “Grandma Moses” feel to this historic rendering of an important early facet of Rockford life that continues […]