Visitors React to the
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
comment being simply "WOW!"
The positive responses have been strongest
from guests who had been familiar with our
original museum. Many of those people
expecting to see the old museum
They were not prepared for
the blend of
huge modern display panels
that are now the backdrops
Visitors are also surprised by the unusual
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
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.
The second exhibit room will open late
Our Monthly Meetings
Interesting Presentations -
FREE TO EVERYONE.
For the list of upcoming meetings,
please visit our
Events & Programs page.
2nd in a series of annual commemorative
ornaments are now available at museum.
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
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! QUANTITIES
ARE VERY LIMITED. WHEN THEY ARE GONE -
THEY ARE GONE!
Are Open Regular Winter
Tuesday-Wednesday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday: noon - 4 pm
Annual Auction on
September 28 Big Success.
Visit the Donate page
for info on
this event and
how you can help next year.
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