River Rouge Historical Museum

Welcome to the River Rouge Historical Museum Web Page, a huge repository of Rouge History. You may see things here that you never knew existed, in pictures, yearbooks and printed history. If you see a thumbnail picture that you like, click on it to enlarge it. Make sure that you go to the lower right corner to get to the next page. Enjoy! If you think that there's a lot here, you should see the Museum, come visit.

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origins and culture is like a tree without roots"  Marcus Garvey

If you have pictures that you would like to share, we can scan them and give the originals back to you. Or you can scan them and e-mail them to us.

Check out our Facebook Page for the newest pictures.

The recycling bin is here!  We have a paper recycling bin on the side of City Hall / Police Dept. The bin occupies the first parking spot on Jefferson where Haltiner intersects. Bring your newspapers, paper, junk mail, envelopes and magazines. The bin accepts everything but cardboard and phone books (unless you can cut the back edge off, where the glue is). All net proceeds will go to the Museum. The more tonnage we collect, the more we get per ton, so save History and save the trees by bringing your paper, newspaper and magazines to
the collection site.

New to the Website - July to December 2015
Special thanks to the following for their kins donations to the Museum:  Mary Carol (Lee) Wise - $100 and the RRHS Class of 1965 Reunion - $150.

New to the Website in January to June 2015
Special thanks to the following people for their kind donation to the Museum: Cindy LaForest, Dennis Gallagher, Cynthia Ratliff, John Kapusky, David Ryska, Mary Goforth, Wally Bodrie, Linda Noble and Mickey Watkins in memory of his father - Mike Watkins.
Special thanks to the following people for their kind money donations to the Museum: Tim Smith (Gold donor), Linda Noble (Gold donor), Tivis Mullins (Gold donor), June (Crosson) Crawford (Silver donor), Malcom Beaton ( Bronze donor), and Frank Lozon (Bronze donor)

Just in time for reunions, we have scanned and uploaded the RRHS 1975 Yearbook and can be found in the Yearbook section.

New to the Website in July - October 2014
Special thanks to Gary Allen and Roland Bowdler for their bronze donations.
Special thanks to Ricky Lee, second time Platinum donor, for his kind donation. Part of the donation will be used to buile a platform for display cases on the second floor of the Museum.

New to the Website in April, May and June - 2014
Many new pictures.
Special thanks to Kirk Girrbach for sponsoring our Website again for the years 2014-15.
About 100 pictures added to the Picture Gallery in the past month.
Special thanks to Cindy LaForest (Gold Donor) and Delena Jackson (Gold donor) for their kind donations to the Museum for our preservation projects.
Thanks to Tim Smith for his third gold donation. Tim started the donation drive and it is doing very well.

New to the Website in January, February and March - 2014
Special thanks to Pat Fitzgerald for his second Silver donation.
Special thanks to Barney Lozon and Ed & Desta Pulter (Bronze donors) for their donations to further our historic preservation projects.
Special thanks to Loretta Mayer (Second gold donation) and Tim Guarino (Gold donor) for their donations to help our preservation projects.
Special thanks to Malcom Beaton (Silver donor) for his second donation to our preservation projects.
Special thanks to Mayor Mike Bowdler (Gold donor) for his kind donation to our preservation projects.
We took pictures of the Christmas Decorations in Rouge and have uploaded them to the Picture Gallery.

Lofton Greene,  Our Lady of Lourdes,  Military,  Sports,  Union Second Baptist Church,  Christ Lutheran Church,  Tool Room,  Political,  Rouge High,  Parlor,  Police & Fire Depts.,  Edmund Fitzgerald & Shipyard,  Hockey and more.

First documented farm / homestead in 1781
Settled in 1808
Became a Village in 1899
Became a City in 1922

The River Rouge Historical Museum is housed in the historical building located on West Jefferson Avenue. Built in 1928 by the Gallagher family to house a funeral home and living quarters, the business was closed in the late 1970's and converted to office space by the Whitehead & Kales Co. When Whitehead & Kales closed its doors in the 1980's, National Steel purchased the property to house their computer center.



The building was donated to the City of River Rouge by National Steel in 1998 and re-opened as a historical museum. Displays feature authentic parlor furniture and stove from 1890's, pictures of the people and events that called River Rouge home beginning as early as 1914 to the present, and a cache of other various items of sentimental value to all those "Rouge-ites" both past present and future.

A visit to Michigan's River Rouge Historical Museum surrounds us with brilliance, enlightens us and gives us a richer appreciates for the world around us. So let's have a look at the work of the downriver masters. Let's see the stories of our ancestors come alive, and let's learn first-hand what we have only read about.

Located at 10750 West Jefferson
River Rouge, MI 48218-1232

Museum is Open Sundays
12:00 pm till 4:00 pm
For futher information contact the Mayor's Office at (313)842-4200

We are constantly adding items to this Website. Visit often to see new pictures, newsletters, news articles and reference material.

The Website cost for the 2015/2016 season is courtesy of your donations.
 The Website was started on April 15, 2012 and the counter below indicates how many people have visited this site since it was started.


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