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
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
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
13th – 14th – 15th
Week-end of 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: (email@example.com) or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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