RAHS new museum                                                         Rockford Area                   Historical Society                

Rockford, Michigan - founded 1967                  

Museum opens
Visitors React to the
New Museum


Since opening the first phase of the new
Rockford Area Museum in late September,
hundreds of visitors have stopped to
check out the new facility.  The reaction
has been unamious with the most common
museum exhibit

comment being simply "WOW!"

The positive responses have been strongest
from guests who had been familiar with our
original museum.  Many of those people
were expecting to see the old museum
but bigger.  They were not prepared for
the blend of huge modern display panels
and graphics that are now the backdrops
for the museum's artifacts.

Visitors are also surprised by the unusual
Museum exhibit

answer to the question: "Why is Rockford
here?" that is asked by the first exhibit as
visitors begin their tour.  If you think you
know the answer, you will have to stop by
to see if you are correct.

An early Victrola is part of the turn of the
century parlor exhibit.  A second one is
available to be demonstrated.  Kids can't
Museum exhibit

believe that each large record plays only
one song per side.  It is quite a contrast
to today's many music options including
phones and tablets that fit in a pocket
and can hold thousands of songs.

The mail wagon from the early 1900's and
mail sorting station from Rockford's Post
Office are among the most popular exhibits. 
Young visitos are urged to write a note
on an envelope and place it in the sorter. 
Among the comments from the kids are: 
"This is awesome", "Way cool", "I love this
museum", "I love the mail wagon", and
"This place is interesting".

We agree with those comments and think
you will too.  The museum is open five days
a week during the winter and six days
during the summer.  Plan a visit soon.

Our 2014 Annual Fundraising Auction was a great success!  Many thinks to co-chairs Roger Humbert, Dick Johnston and all the other volunteers for their hard work!

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The second exhibit room will open late
this spring.

Our Monthly Meetings Feature
Interesting Presentations -

For the list of upcoming meetings, please visit our
Events & Programs page.

Commemorative Ornaments
Available Now!

The 2nd in a series of annual commemorative
ornaments are now available at museum.
2013 ornament
2012 ornament

Pictures show the 2012 ornament which
honored the original museum in engraved
wood.  It included a card outlining the
history of the Rockford Area Historical Society
and honoring the original founders of the

The 2013 ornament is a beveled glass bell
showing the year, the new RAM logo, a picture
of the new museum building, and the slogan
"A New Beginning".  It comes in a drawstring
velour pouch.

2012 sold for $15
2013 is $10
Buy both while supplies last for $20.

You will never own the whole series if
you don't have the first two! 

e're Open Regular Hours:

Monday:  closed
Tuesday:  1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm
Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday: noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm

Research assistance is available by appointment only.

Museum is closed on all days when Rockford Public Schools are either delayed or closed due to weather.

Museum Announces 3rd
Annual Auction in September.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for info on
this exciting event and how you can help.


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