Rockford Historical Society

Rockford Historical Society We seek to preserve the history of Rockford, its residents, industry, retail businesses, churches, etc., through pictures, stories and artifacts from 1834.
The Rockford Historical Society is in its fifty-third year serving its members, the citizens of Rockford and Northern Illinois in producing exciting and interesting projects, programs and events that celebrate with pride the history of Rockford, Illinois.
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A non-profit local historic preservation organization.

Mission: We seek to preserve the history of Rockford, its residents, industry, retail businesses, churches, etc., through pictures, stories and artifacts from 1834 into the 21st Century.

We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy during our Stay-at-Home order. During our time inside we've revamped ...
04/20/2020
Rockford Historical Society

We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy during our Stay-at-Home order. During our time inside we've revamped our website! 🤩 We will also be posting old Nuggets of History articles to the website monthly for you to read. Please check it out and let us know what you think --> https://www.rhsil.org/

Official website of the Rockford, Illinois Historical Society

09/24/2019

I have a question for Rockford Historical Society’s Facebook friends. When replacing a stolen plaque that was first put in place in 1964, which is more appropriate? Keep the original text to maintain historical integrity or change a couple of words so that the new plaque is publically correct? The words are, from “white” to “brave” and from “Indians” to “Native Americans”. Does it even matter?

Original wording:

“Rockford is so named for the ford at this site on which the dam is built. The dam is built on a solid flat rock bottom. The water went up to the front axles of the wagons. Hogs and sheep were herded across the ford. The ford served as a bridge for the Indians, for the white settlers of the area, and for the pioneers that were heading west with their covered wagons from 1830-1844.”

New wording

“Rockford is so named for the ford at this site on which the dam is built. The dam is built on a solid flat rock bottom. The water went up to the front axles of the wagons. Hogs and sheep were herded across the ford. The ford served as a bridge for the Native Americans, for the brave settlers of the area, and for the pioneers that were heading west with their covered wagons from 1830-1844.”

Click here to support Founder's Landing boulder plaque organized by Crystal Ball
08/20/2019
Click here to support Founder's Landing boulder plaque organized by Crystal Ball

Click here to support Founder's Landing boulder plaque organized by Crystal Ball

This is what the boulder looks like now at Founder's Landing. There is a walk/bike path along the scenic Rock River near Davis Park. We as a community would raise funds for a bronze plaque that would be imprinted with the same inscription from 1965. This marks where Rockford's 1st settlers forded...

06/05/2019

We are all getting excited about the upcoming Cedar Bluff Cemetery TOUR! It is THis Saturday, June 8th from 10:00-2:00p.m. Cedar Bluff is located on Rural Street.

Summer Reading Kick-Off with the Rockford Public Library
05/29/2019
Summer Reading Kick-Off with the Rockford Public Library

Summer Reading Kick-Off with the Rockford Public Library

Michelle Michaels chats with Kathi Kresol and Emily Klonicki to Kick-Off Summer Reading with the Rockford Public Library.  Summer Reading Kick-Off with the Rockford Public Library starts June 1st.  More information can be found at rockfordpubliclibrary.org. 

Rockford Buzz
05/17/2019
Rockford Buzz

Rockford Buzz

An important story of honor and loss. With Memorial Day coming up, make sure you take time to read this piece by Kathi Kresol

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211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL
61101

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We sponsor annual historic tours, cemetery walks, dinners, lectures, etc. and research historic events, homes and people.

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