Rochester won’t be 150 years old until 2019, but planning for a major three-day (September 13, 14, 15 of 2019) celebration has already begun. “Prelude to Sesquicentennial” Events will also be held in 2018. A ten-member Rochester Sesquicentennial Committee has been holding monthly meetings to plan these celebrations.  Committee co-chairs Carolyn Moore, and Ruth Ann Theis report that initial planning for the event, scheduled for September 13-15, 2019 is progressing nicely. Anyone interested in helping plan activities or being involved in some way, please contact Carolyn or Ruth Ann.

Upcoming Events:

Rochester’s Celebration of  The Illinois Bicentennial. Click here for more info.


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


The official 2019 Rochester Sesquicentennial Calendar will be available this weekend at the Operation Hometown Santa Fall Festival for a donation of $10.00.
The full-color calendar features pictures and history of Rochester residents and sites. The donation will be used for our community’s upcoming 150th celebration in September 2019. 
The fall festival will be held on Sunday, October 7th from 10am to 3pm in Rochester’s Masonic Lodge on E. Main St.  A flag-raising ceremony will kick off the festivities at 9:45 a.m.  For more information, please text Nancy Miller at 217-899-7490.



Used with permission from the Rochester Times

McDaniel, Toby.  “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times