Rochester 150

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial


        150 Years of Rochester


Rochester is ready to celebrate its 150th birthday throughout 2019. Each month has a focus on a specific event. Please check out our Facebook page.

An overview of these activities is listed below:


  • Creative Writing Project: “What will Rochester be like in 50 years?”


  • Sesquicentennial Tea at 2 o’clock, April 13.
  • Quilt Show, Bed Turning at 3 o’clock,  April 13.
    Reservation only, April 13, 2019 – Rochester United Methodist Church
    We are looking for QUILTS to feature in the show.  They must pre-date 1950.
  • Arbor Day tree plantings



  • Unveiling of Vintage Poster
  • “The 3 R’s”Monday, May 13, 7 PM at the Rochester United Methodist Church
    • Resolutions
    • Reconstruction
    • Renewal


  • 2nd Historical Home Tour in Downtown Rochester


  • Prairie & Farm Fields
  • July 13th    – focus on local agriculture:
  • John Deere portrayal by Brian Ellis
  • Antique Tractor Show
  • Events for children
  • Surveying Program – Bob Church
  • James McCoy Portrayal by David Ramsey


  • August 30th – Presentation of large flag at home football game


  • Tombstone Walk – Rochester Township Cemetery
  • Dedication of James McCoy family cemetery plaque
  •  Sesquicentennial Run/Walk
    September 14, 2019
    Combination 5K/10K

13th – 14th – 15th – Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration

  • Tell us what you would like to see for your Sesquicentennial Celebration here.

*All events and activities are subject to change. For current information, you may contact Carolyn Moore ( or Ruth Ann Theis (

We have started our focus on fund-raising with a “150 for $150” campaign which targets 150 donors who will contribute $150.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please feel free to contribute any amount you wish as all donations are very much appreciated.

Please go to the Fund-raising portion of the website for the Donor Card information.

Carolyn:   ( or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: ( or at 498-9804


Used with permission from the Rochester Times

McDaniel, Toby.  “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times