Rogers Historial Museum

Rogers Historical Museum: Real, true and fun!

The Rogers Historical Museum can be summed up in three words: REAL, TRUE, FUN

REAL objects from our past. TRUE stories about our community and its people. Family FUN and life-long learning. That’s what you’ll discover at the Rogers Historical Museum! Explore our region's heritage through exhibits and programs for all ages.

 

The Rogers Historical Museum is currently the only American Alliance of Museums Accredited Museum in Northwest Arkansas and one of nine in the state. What this means is that they meet the seal of approval for following the standards for best museum practices and accountability in how they preserve their collections and educate the public on their history.

 

The Rogers Historical Museum is also the steward of the Hawkins House. Built in 1895, the Hawkins House is a rare example of a middle-class home built using locally-made brick in Rogers.

It was owned by three generations of the Hawkins family from 1900-1979. Museum staff use period objects from the collections to decorate the home as it might have been at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. Visitors have the unique opportunity to take a trip back in time on a guided tour and experience for themselves what life was like in Rogers around 1900. They offer several special tours that change throughout the year, including a holiday theme each December.

 

 

Popular exhibits

One of the more popular exhibits is on the resort town of Monte Ne in the White River Gallery. This exhibit features objects relating to Monte Ne from the museum’s collection. Learn the story of William “Coin” Harvey and his dreams of creating a luxurious resort that would tap the tourism potential he saw in the Ozarks. Both locals and tourist alike come to the museum to learn more about this historic site that is unique to Northwest Arkansas history.

 

What’s new at the museum?

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the City of Rogers. In commemoration of this historic event, they have a special temporary exhibit, “Rogers Founding Families,” about the families that contributed to the founding of Rogers and its early growth. This exhibit highlights some of the earliest families who settled in this area beginning in the 1830s through the early 20th century. Come explore fun items that belonged to Rogers founding families, including original woodworking tools, a pocket watch, a Knights Templar Uniform and medical equipment. On show at the Hailey Building in the Trammel Gallery through November 6.

 

Saturday, August 21: The Great Cardboard Train Race at the Frisco Festival!

The museum is bringing back The Great Cardboard Train Race! This race was part of the Frisco Festival beginning in 1998 through the early 2000s. The idea of the race is for a team of four participants to create, decorate and race their cardboard train engine through a series of train-related obstacles to reach the finish line first. Awards are given for the most creative and fastest train. It’s been many years since this event was part of the festival and people have shown an interest in reviving this once popular attraction, so they decided it was time to bring it back.

 

There are categories for kindergarten through adults with trophies and prizes for speed and creativity. Train kits are limited so fill out your registration today and bring it to the Rogers Historical Museum.

 For more details, visit http://www.rogershistoricalmuseum.org/great-cardboard-train-race.html.

 

The Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club will be bringing their model trains to the museum. This display is free to see and will be located in the Hailey Building showroom from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Upcoming events and exhibits

For more upcoming programs and exhibits see their Facebook events listing and for further information on all our offerings visit their website.

 

EVENT:

History Club—School Days in Rogers (September 16, 2021, 7:00 p.m.)

Rogers Historical Museum Key Wing, Dickerson Classroom

Did you, your parents and/or children go to a Rogers school? Join the Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum for an evening of fun at the museum as they look back and reminisce on School Days in Rogers. You’ll be sure to hear stories, some maybe for the first time since they happened, from the perspective of teachers, students and parents alike. This evening’s speakers will be Sue Flemming, Bonnie Deason, Bob Ross, and Mayor Greg Hines. As with all History Club gatherings, audience participation is encouraged.

 

 

HAWKINS HOUSE THEMED TOUR:

Patterns of the Past (October 2-30, 2021)

From dishes to quilts, the Hawkins House is full of patterns that reflect the tastes and technologies of the past. Take a guided tour through this historic Rogers home which in itself illustrates the patterns of behavior – the customs and etiquette – that directed everyday life early in the twentieth-century. 

 

EXHIBIT:

Pel-Freez: 110 Years of Food and Science (October 16-December 18, 2021)

A temporary exhibit on the history of Pel-Freez for the 110th anniversary of this long-time Rogers’ company. Although this company is most known for being the largest producer of rabbit meat in the nation, since the 1950s they have also produced high quality raw materials for use in the advancement of medical science research. This exhibit features objects from the Pel-Freez collection, including photographs, advertisement memorabilia, biological samples and lab equipment.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT:

Thrift Style (December 15, 2021-January 19, 2022)

Thrift Style, a traveling exhibit from Exhibits USA, explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted twentieth-century consumers and businesses. With forty-one works from patterns to garments, it serves as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts toward sustainability.

 

 

HAWKINS HOUSE THEMED TOUR:

A Patriotic Christmas (December 4, 2021-January 1, 2022)

Americans have been known to show their patriotism in many different ways from the nation’s beginning in 1776. During the Victorian period, patriotic tributes were sometimes incorporated into holiday displays, especially around times of war. A Patriotic Christmas, a special guided tour through the historic Hawkins House, uses objects from the museum collection to explore some of these displays of patriotism during the Christmas season from the American Civil War through World War I.

 

EVENT:

Holiday Open House (December 4, 2021, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)

Join us for the Rogers Historical Museum’s 21st Annual Holiday Open House! This year’s theme is Patriotic Christmas. This free event features guided tours of the 1895 Hawkins House exploring some of the ways that Americans have incorporated displays of patriotism into the holiday season from the Civil War to World War I. Kids of all ages will have the chance to make a fun patriotic ornament craft, write and mail a letter to Santa, and of course, enjoy a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself.

 

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