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:

January Coin Sculptures

February Founder’s Day – 1869

Rochester officially incorporated

February 1, 2019 – Founder’s Day Celebration


President – Elect Giant will participate in the ceremony.


March Baby Contest:

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


May Unveiling of Vintage Poster


June 2nd Historical Home Tour

Downtown Rochester


July 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 M’Coy Portrayal by David Ramsey



-August 30th – Presentation of large flag at football game

September     Rochester Township Cemetery

Dedication of cemetery plaque

    James McCoy family

Tombstone Walk


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)

Upcoming Events:


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


The official 2019 Rochester Sesquicentennial Calendar is now available 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. 
  For more information, please text Nancy Miller at 217-899-7490.



Used with permission from the Rochester Times

McDaniel, Toby.  “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times