Terry Konkle

4th Annual Museum Fundraisers Announced on Channel 13

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

This year marks the fourth year of annual fundraisers to pay for the operation of the new Rockford Area Museum (RAM). Terry Konkle, Historical Society President and Al Pratt, Managing Director of the RAM appeared on Channel 13’s Take Five and Company with Catherine Behrendt on Tuesday morning, Sept.1 to kick off area wide publicity for the event. The segment included video footage of the museum and a recap of fundraising events plus a brief discussion about various museum programs that are available to the RAM’s guests. The Take Five program is fast paced with a lot of information being given in the short five minute segment. At the end, Catherine Behrendt was able to fit in a mention of the Harvest Festival as well. Channel 13 and Behrendt have has supported the new museum since its beginning. Konkle and Pratt also appeared on Take Five in 2013 prior to the original Grand Opening of the RAM.   The Historical Society is grateful for their continued support. Once again this year, the fundraising events will include a silent auction with a large variety of items donated by local residents and businesses. This year, however, there will be no live auction. Instead, the Historical Society will be conducting a “Grandma’s Attic Sale of vintage items and conducting a raffle with four terrific prizes. The four prizes are: A two night stay with meals and services at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island A $1,200 voucher for travel services from Antor Travel A $150 Meijer Gift Card $100 CASH All events will be held at City Hall on Saturday, September 26. The popular Make It and Take It Scarecrow building event that benefits both the RAM and the North Kent Service Center will take place next to the dam on Bridge Street, not only on Saturday the 26th, but on both Saturday and Sunday for three weekends beginning on Saturday the 26th and ending on Sunday, October 11. The museum’s activities will culminate with the raffle drawing at 4PM on the 26th. YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. Raffle tickets are available at the RAM during regular museum hours or by calling 866-0530 or 485-4144. They sell for $10 each or 3/$25. Take a chance and support […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) held their first board meeting for our 2015-16 year. Because we do not meet in June and July, there was a lot of catching up to do. At every board meeting one of the agenda items is “museum news”. Several museum items were covered with emphasis on our new website and also on the purchase of a new microfilm reader-printer for museum use. The reader-printer is set up and ready to go and should be a major asset to those looking for items in our newspaper films. The museum also purchased two new computers which are a big improvement. Museum staff have been trained on using the new acquisitions. A major portion of our meeting covered the fundraising raffle, silent auction and Grandma’s Attic sale taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Donations of items has been happening and ticket sales are ongoing. Our museum storage area has been carefully organized and some things have been put aside for auction or sale. Readers are still encouraged to contact us with items that could be used during this important event. Simply call me at 616-866-0530, Dick Johnston at 292-5091 or the museum at 866-2235. Also discussed at our board meeting were the programs for our regular meetings which begin on Thursday, September 3 at the Community Cabin. Mike Cuneo, Rockford school’s assistant superintendent, is our first speaker and will bring us up to date on all the construction projects and future plans for our school buildings. The meeting will start at 7:00 P.M. with everyone welcome. The board spent some time talking about a project to honor Rockford’s only Medal of Honor recipient, John Shogren. Readers have probably seen the news release from the city on this endeavor. More information will be available in the next couple of months. The board went over having a booth at the “Farmer’s Market” on September 5. A final exciting discussion covered the positive opportunity given to the RAHS to obtain some important memorabilia from Blakeslee’s Shoe Store. All board members expressed their appreciation to the Blakeslee family for thinking about the museum. It is now time for the “Nugget of Rockford History” questions. Two weeks ago I asked […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Terry Konkle – President Often, during the year, groups of people tour the Rockford Area Museum (RAM). Last week, former Rockford residents Al and Audlane Pedley, along with a group of their friends, came to visit our town and after lunch toured the RAM. There were six retired couples in all representing the states of Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. They came in the door at 2:00 P.M. and stayed until almost four. They wandered through the displays and asked questions. One couple from Iowa talked with me about our museum set up because they had been active in a museum in their town. We discussed buildings, hours, expenses, volunteers, displays, space, financing and responsibilities. It was educational to hear. All of their group were very nice and easy to talk with. They enjoyed the displays and praised how our history was shown. They liked the mail wagon and the large safe. Many were impressed with the large cut outs of people. Their positive comments were appreciated. What an interesting and enthusiastic group of people! Readers should be aware that the museum welcomes groups. We have several volunteers that can be available to help answer questions and to explain things if necessary. Contact the museum to schedule a visit. Go to our website www.rockfordmuseum.org for more help. The last “Nugget of Rockford History” had ten statements and readers had to answer true or false as to whether certain things are in the RAM. All of the answers were TRUE! The museum has a working barber pole, a funeral bier from Hubbard’s Funeral Home, a doctor’s bag used by Doctor Ferrand, a working player piano, a 1924 Rockford High School baseball trophy, a hat pin display, an 1832 Michigan map, an 1871 Lincoln Pump Organ, an Easy vacuum electric washer – patented 1912 and a book of Julia Moore’s poetry published in 1876. One person, Carole Holden Christensen, contacted me and she got most of the answers correct. I know it was a tough quiz. Thanks Carole for your interest. Here is a new “Nugget” for readers to consider. A group of Rockford area veterans from World War I formed a “Last Man Club”. They met on each Friday the thirteenth for a meal. A bottle […]

Rockford Area Historical Society New and Updates

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Terry Konkle – President Recently in a collection of paper memorabilia, I found a baseball program dated Thursday, June 27, 1946. It was from a game played in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Bigelow Field. The contest was billed as the Third Annual Detroit Tigers vs. G.R. All Stars game sponsored by the J.C.C. The starting lineup for both teams was printed inside using last names only. The Tiger portion listed eight players without designating the pitcher. The All Star lineup had all nine players and the pitcher was to be Fancett. One of Rockford’s best athletes was Bob Fancett who was an outstanding pitcher in high school. He was well known in the area and graduated in 1946. My first reaction was that he was the pitcher, but I have not confirmed it. Do any readers have knowledge of this? If so, contact me by e-mail at tnjkonkle@hotmail.com or by phone at 616-866-0530. The storm that created power outages in Rockford did effect the museum. Power was out in one of our display rooms for several days. The other rooms were fine. The building remained open and visitors did go through both of the main rooms. I saw a young girl using a flashlight device on her phone to view some of the exhibits. I am amazed and somewhat overcome by technology. When we were working on planning and funding the Rockford Area Museum (RAM), our museum consultant, Jerry Adams of “Media Rare”, told us that once people saw what was happening that they would come forth with items to donate. I know that I have mentioned this before and I only bring it up again to emphasize that he was correct. We continue to have items offered to the museum. Most of them deal with local history which is good. Someone asked if the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) ever purchased items to display. We do not! We purchase items to help run the RAM or to help with research and cataloging, but not for display. I encourage readers to contact the RAHS if they have things to donate to the RAM. In the last couple of months, several people have brought things to me, and I have passed them on to the […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) July “Power House Post” (Newsletter) was sent out to all members last week and as usual contained much information. The lead story was a fourth installment of the story of Ludmilla Suchowski which took readers up to her marriage during World War II. Many readers have enjoyed her adventures. The Newsletter also listed the RAHS programs for our meeting dates through the end of 2015. The first regular meeting will be on September 3, 2015 at the Community Cabin at 7:00 P.M. Rockford Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Finance, Michael Cuneo, will talk on “Progress in Rockford Public Schools Construction that began this summer and into the future”. Some extra copies of the newsletter are available in the Rockford Area Museum and at Rockford City Hall. Readers can also go to our website (www.rockfordmuseum.org.) to get program and other information. If you haven’t visited the website, check it out for lots of interesting and educational material. Recently word has come to us that our museum was discussed on a radio program from the area. The person who heard the broadcast mentioned that a lot of positive thoughts were presented. The museum was praised for its design and content plus the amazing fact that we are open six days a week. I do not know what station the program was on, but it is nice to know that the RAM is appreciated by those who visit. As many readers know the RAHS has had their major fundraising event each year on the last Saturday of September. This year on September 26 we will continue the traditional event with one change. The society will have a silent auction and a “Grandma’s Attic” sale that day, but will not have a “live auction” event. Instead a raffle will take place with a drawing at 4:00 P.M. Four prizes will be offered in the raffle. First prize is a two night stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. A $1,200 Vacation Voucher from Antor Travel is the second prize. A $150.00 Meijer Gift card is third prize with a fourth item being a cash prize of $100.00. Tickets for the raffle are now ready to be sold. They are $10.00 each or […]

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