Rochester is ready to celebrate its 150th birthday throughout 2019. Each month has a focus on a specific event.

An overview of these activities is listed below:


  • Founder’s Day – 1869
  • Rochester officially incorporated
  • February 1, 2019 – Founder’s Day Celebration
  • President – Elect Grant will participate in the ceremony.


  • Prize for a baby born on or the closest to March 1, 2019
  • The first child born in Rochester Township, Sangamon County was March 1, 1819.
  • Writing contest for students: “What will Rochester look like in 2069?”


  • Quilt Show & Tea
    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


  • 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

13th – 14th – 15th

Week-end of Events

*All events and activities are subject to change. For current information, you may contact Carolyn Moore (carmor1@comcast.net) or Ruth Ann Theis (ratheis@aol.com)


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:   (carmor1@comcast.net) or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: (ratheis@aol.com) or at 498-9804



Used with permission from the Rochester Times

McDaniel, Toby.  “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times