Shanes Crossing Historical Society

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Shanes Crossing Historical Society

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Inc. is to bring together those people interested in the history of our community (Village of Rockford, Ohio 45882).

The society’s function will be to discover, collect, and house material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the community; its exploration, settlement, development, and activities of the past or the present. The society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it and co-operate with other historical societies with like interests.

The society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publications, holding meetings and by other appropriate means.

Shanes Crossing Historical Society

Members Norman Van Tilburg and Mike Schumm participate in community parades and talk with Parkway school students about the rich history in the Rockford area.

Pictured are Norm and Mike in their early settlement outfits.

You are invited to be a special part of our 200th birthday celebration of our Rockford Community. Rockford, originally founded as Shanesville in 1820, is the oldest village in Mercer County. As a result, Rockford was the first town in the county to have a power plant, street lights and an airport. It is located in the rich agricultural area of west central Ohio.

Bicentennial Fundraising

Lastly, learn more about Bicentennial Fundraising by clicking the button below.

Bicentennial Float

Norm VanTilburgh and Mike Schumm on the Bicentennial Float, winner of the “Best in Theme” award at the 2019 Celina Lake Festival Parade.
Bicentennial Planning Meeting
Bicentennial Planning Meeting
Bicentennial Planning Meeting
Bicentennial Planning Meeting
Bicentennial Planning Meeting
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Rockford Bicentennial Committee Meetings

Join us for the next Rockford Bicentennial Committee Meeting! These meetings are open to the public and held at the Village Hall and Museum.
Follow S.C.H.S. on Facebook to get the next planning meeting date.

Bicentennial Committee Co-chairmen:
Mike Schumm and Jeff Long

Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Rockford, Ohio


Mike Schumm, President : email –

Brad Now – Vice President
Lisa Kuhn , Secretary / Treasurer


Membership fees are $10 per member per year. Membership expires December 31, 2024. Please make checks payable to SCHS. Return the form above with your dues to:

PO Box 282
Rockford, Ohio 45882-0282