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.

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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Help save our history! The Camp Grant Museum collection will go to auction on October 31-November 1, 2020. Midway Villag...
10/21/2020
Support Midway Village Museum | Donations - Planned Giving - Corporate Sponsorships Rockford IL

Help save our history! The Camp Grant Museum collection will go to auction on October 31-November 1, 2020. Midway Village Museum hopes to acquire some of the treasures that tell the story of Rockford’s Camp Grant and prevent these unique items from disappearing from Rockford and into private collections.
Donations are needed to make this happen. You can donate to the cause by credit card or paypal at http://www.midwayvillage.com/support-midway.html. Select “Camp Grant Collection Fund” in the dropdown menu named “Donation Type” in the middle of the website landing page. To donate by check, make your check out to Midway Village Museum with “Camp Grant” on the memo line and send to Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford 61107.

Welcome to the award-winning Midway Village Museum! Our 148-acre museum campus features a 13-acre Victorian-era Village and Main Museum Center with 15,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Rockford Historical Society Member Kathi Kresol will be talking about some of the fascinating stories she has discovered...
07/12/2020
Virtual Presentation: Stories Beneath the Stones

Rockford Historical Society Member Kathi Kresol will be talking about some of the fascinating stories she has discovered in her research through local cemeteries and beyond!

You must register to get the link for the presentation.

Presenter Kathi Kresol will share tales from local cemeteries.

From Rockford Historical Society's Nuggets Editor Kathi Kresol: I am so honored to be invited as a guest for the Rockfor...
06/05/2020
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From Rockford Historical Society's Nuggets Editor Kathi Kresol: I am so honored to be invited as a guest for the Rockford Public Library's Lunch and Learn Series. They posted the presentation I did on Prohibition on the Rockford Public Library's You tube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JgMHLzdxgQ
Visit the Library's website to see the upcoming schedule of topics for this very interesting series! www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org

LIBRARY BRANCHES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. All Remote and Digital Services Are Available. DIGITAL RESOURCES Lifelong Learning and Inspiration AUDIO AND DIGITAL BOOK SERVICE! Click here to download an Audiobook from the cloudLibrary. Available to all RPL cardholders.

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.”

Address

211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL
61101

General information

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

Telephone

+18159691999

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We publish the highly acclaimed "Nuggets of History". A quarterly that is sent to each member.

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