Rochester Avon Historical Society has a record of taking on big projects and getting things done! Below is a list of some of our most recent awards and achievements:
- 2015 - The Butts surrey, restored by RAHS in 2014, won first place in in the Novelty category for the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade Dec. 6.
- 2015 - Leslie Mack, RAHS Board member and Rochester Era newsletter editor, and Brian Dunphy, RAHS President, show off the State History Award presented Sept. 25 at the Historical Society of Michigan's State History Conference, in Saginaw, for the Rochester Era newsletter. (Photo by Ginger Ketelsen)
- 2013 - RAHS won the Earl Borden Award in 2013 for the Oakland Regional Historic Sites website.
- 2012 - RAHS won the Rochester Area Chamber's Sunrise Pinnacle Award in the category of Arts & Culture in October 2012.
- 2012 - James Hopkins and Deborah Larsen of the Rochester Avon Historical Society accept a State History Award at the Historical Society of Michigan annual conference in Monroe, Michigan on Sept. 28. (Photo by Susan Wilson)
- 2012 - The Rochester Avon Historical Society received a 2012 State History Award at the Historical Society of Michigan's 138th Annual Meeting and State History Conference held September 28-30 in Monroe.
- 2011 - RAHS won the Local Society Award from the Historical Society of Michigan at the 2011 State History Conference
- 2011 - RAHS president Rod Wilson won the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Historical Society of Michigan at the 2011 State History Conference
- 2011 - RAHS won the Preservation Gem Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for the restoration of the 1938 Marvin Beerbohm mural at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building (old Rochester High School)
- 2011 - RAHS member LaVere Webster won a 2011 Mayors' Arts & Culture Award from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts for his restoration work on the 1938 Marvin Beerbohm mural at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building (old Rochester High School)
- 2015 - Past President Rod Wilson and his wife, Susan, selected by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce as Grand Marshals of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade.
- 2015 - Donated copies of RAHS Home Town Rochester books to all schools in the greater Rochester area.
- 2014 - Restored the 19th century Butts surrey, built by the Dunlap Vehicle Company, which played an important role in the formation of General Motors. RAHS debuted the beautifully restored surrey in the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade on Dec. 7.
- 2014 - Published the book, I Got My Thrill on Newberry Hill, Rochester Area’s World Renowned Ski Jump, written by Penny (Frank) Reddish, which tells the history of the tallest ski jump in the Lower Peninsula. Penny won the 2015 Earl Borden Award for Preservation Leadership from the Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission for writing the book.
- 2011 - Development and launch of a new interactive web site to provide property histories for historic sites in our region, entitled Oakland Regional Historic Sites
- 2011 - Unveiling of the restored 1938 Marvin Beerbohm mural at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building (old Rochester High School)
- 2010 - Successful nomination of the Griggs Brothers/Rochester Elevator Company Grain Elevator to the National Register of Historic Places (listed 12/13/2010)
- 2009 - Repainting of the Griggs Brothers/Rochester Elevator Company Grain Elevator to help stabilize the historic structure
- 2008 - Publication of a new hardcover community history of Rochester and Rochester Hills, entitled Home Town Rochester, the first community history published in forty years
- 2002 - Restoration and rededication of Rochester's World War II Honor Roll