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 in July - 2014
Summer hours for the Museum: Open the first and third Sundays in July and August.
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.
New to the Website in November and December - 2013
We received 2 donations from Tim Smith (Second gold donation) and Don Jeanette (Second gold donation) for our historic preservation projects.
Special thanks to Jeanne Day (Gold Donor), Irene Rasmussen (Gold Donor) and June (Crosson) Crawford (Silver Donor) for their contributions for our historic preservation projects.
My Sister Jenny Cooper and I have been taking pictures of Christmas decorations around the City and they can be found in the Picture Gallery.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service on November 10th went very well. We had about 100 people there and the story was covered by 300 newspapers nationwide. To see a video of the service, go to www.ssedmundfitzgerald2013.com
We have scanned and uploaded a "History of River Rouge" written by members of the Senior class of Our Lady of Lourdes High School of 1924. You can find it by clicking the "Yearbooks & Misc. Items" button above.
New to the Website in July, August, September & October - 2013
Special thanks to Bill West (Gold donor) for a second donation to our preservation project.
Special thanks to Randy Bellfi (Gold donor) for his contribution to further our historical preservation projects.
Special thanks to Charles Shannon for His donation in memory of Janice Chesney.
Special thanks to Ellen (Schultz) Peterson (Silver donor) and Deborah Hall (Silver donor) for their contribution to the Museum.
Special thanks to Pam Corbin for a donation made in memory of May (Sims) Halladay, one of our longtime volunteers.
Special thanks to Larry Shelton (Gold donor) and Ed Kleinow (Gold donor) for their contributions to the Museum.
Special thanks to Tony Rinna (Gold donor) for his kind donation to the Museum.
Special thanks to Dennis & Marcella Cora (Silver donor) and Ed & Judy Reeder (Silver donor) for their kind donations.
Special thanks to Dennis & Faith Dzwigalski (Silver Donor) and Andrew & Florence Long (Gold donor) for their kind donation to the Museum.
Special thanks to Leatrice (Taylor) Damus (Gold donor) for her kind contribution to the Museum.
Special thanks to Gary Shannon (Gold donor) and Roy Faust (Silver donor) for their donations.
Special thanks to Tim & Vicki Smith (Gold donor) for their donation to the museum.
Special thanks to Don Jeanette (Gold donor) for his donation to the Museum.
Special thanks to Loretta (Letourneau) Mayer (Gold donor) for her money donation to help our preservation projects.
Special thanks to Charles Shannon (Gold donor) for His money donation to help our preservation projects.
Special thanks to Ann Marie (Beaton) Prush (Gold donor) for her kind money donation to help our preservation projects.
Special thanks to Richard (Ricky) Lee (Gold donor) from the Rouge High Class of 1978, for donating $500 to replace the Museum's computer system. The old one was over 10 years old and was beginning to slow down and crash with all of the scanning that we have been doing. It's generous people like this and others that allow us to preserve the history of this great city.
Special thanks to Dave Bower (Gold donor) for His many money donations now and in the past.
About 75 pictures added in the past few weeks.
New to the Website in May & June - 2013
Special thanks to Jenny (Abair) Cooper (Gold donor) for Her kind money donation to help our historical preservation projects.
We have added over 200 pictures to the website, bringing the total to about 2,700.
New to the website in April - 2013
About 100 pictures have been added from Police Dept. Photographer negatives that we scanned.
We scanned and uploaded the RRHS 1983 yearbook. Click the button above marked "Yearbooks" to access.
Special thanks to June (Crosson) Crawford (Gold donor) for Her kind money donation to help our preservation projects.
We scanned and uploaded the OLL 1972 Yearbook.
New to the website in March - 2013
We just scanned and uploaded the RRHS 1976 Yearbook. You can find it by clicking the "Yearbooks" tab above.
About 6 years ago, the Police Chief ordered that photos and negatives be thrown away during a spring cleaning. Doug Sevitski of the Fire Dept. did some dumpster diving and rescued some of the negatives. Dave Bower raised some money to get a special scanner and we have been bringing the pictures back to life. You will find them in the "Newest pictures" section in the Picture gallery.
New to the website in February - 2013
Special thanks to Joy Price (Silver donor) who made a money donation to the Museum in memory of Mary Fantin.
Pictures scanned from various OLL & RRHS Yearbooks.
Scanned and uploaded excerpts of the RRHS 1995 Yearbook.
We scanned and uploaded the RRHS 1969 Yearbook.
We scanned and uploaded the RRHS 1971 Yearbook, which can be found by clicking the "Yearbook" button on the top of this page.
More pictures in the Picture Gallery.
New to the Website in January - 2013
Misc. pictures uploaded to the "Picture Gallery" under new pictures.
We scanned the OLL 1971 Yearbook and it can be found by clicking the "Yearbooks" button.
SPECIAL DISPLAYS AT THE MUSEUM:
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.
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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.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE RIVER ROUGE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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 2014/2015 season is courtesy of Kirk Girrbach.
The Website was started on April 15, 2012 and the counter below indicates how many people have visited this site since it was started.