Churches and Places of Worship, Rockford, Illinois

Title

Churches and Places of Worship, Rockford, Illinois

Description

A collection of postcards and photographs displaying churches, tabernacles, and houses of worship that represent the diversity of religions and denominations throughout the culturally and ethnic rich Rockford region. The scenes span the era of 1900-1977 with the majority depicting the early decades of the twentieth century.

Date

1900-1977

Collection Items

Final Services at Ohave Sholom's Synagogue on 1st Avenue
Members of Ohave Sholom Synagogue end their services at the Synagogue at 728 1st Avenue before processing to their new home at 3730 Guilford Road. Rabbi Dov Rosenblum hold the Torah at the far right.

Rabbi Rosenblum Blows the Shofar
Rabbi Dov Rosenblum blows the shofar, a ram's horn, to call the Ohave Sholom congregation together to worship as part of ceremony marking the congregation's move from 728 1st Avenue to their new home at 3730 Guilford Road.

Ohave Sholom Synagogue Moves to Guilford Road Synagogue
Ohave Sholom Synagogue Rabbi Dov Rosenblum, center, exits the temple building at 728 1st Avenue and begins the Torah procession to the congregation's new home at 3730 Guilford Road.

Ohave Sholom Synagogue Torah Procession
Ohave Sholom Synagogue Rabbi Dov Rosenblum, leads the Torah procession as the congregation leaves their temple building at 728 1st Avenue to move into their new home at 3730 Guilford Road.

Dedication of the Ohave Sholom Synagogue on Guilford Road
Congregants stand at the entrance of the new Ohave Sholom Synagogue at 3730 Guilford Road as Rabbi Dov Rosenblum (standing outside the right hand door) leads dedication ceremonies.

The dedication service of the Ohave Sholom Synagogue on Guilford Road
The congregation of the Ohave Sholom Synagogue dedicates their new home at 3730 Guilford Road.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Purim Festival
Ohave Sholom Synagogue Hebrew School students perform as part of the 1953 Purim festival. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue in Rockford.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Purim Festival Responsive Readings
Elissa Natelson leads a responsive reading of the 23rd Psalm as part of the 1953 Purim Festival at the Ohave Sholom Synagogue's Hebrew School. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Purim Festival performance by Kindergarteners
Kindergarteners at the Ohave Sholom Synagogue Hebrew School perform as part of the 1953 Purim Festival. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue in Rockford.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Chanukah Festival Choral Performance
Dr. A. H. Coren leads Hebrew School students in song during the 1952 Chanukah Festival at Ohave Sholom Synagogue. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Chanukah Festival Skit
Students from the Ohave Sholom Synagogue Hebrew School perform a skit during the 1952 Chanukah Festival at Ohave Sholom Synagogue. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue.

Ohave Sholom Hebrew School Chanukah Festival performance by Kindergarteners
Kindergarteners at the Ohave Sholom Synagogue Hebrew School perform as part of the 1952 Chanukah Festival. The Synagogue was located at 728 1st Avenue in Rockford.

Ohave Sholom Synagogue Rabbi Abraham Danzig
Rabbi Abraham Danzig sits at his desk. Danzig was Rabbi of the Ohave Sholom Synagogue at 728 1st Avenue from 1943 to 1947.

Untitled [church building]
This black and white photograph depicts a building that appears church-like; however, there is no information on the postcard that gives the name of the building or its location.

Untitled [child in front of church]
This sepia-toned photograph shows a child standing in front of an unidentified church building. It is unclear what church this is or its location.

Swedish Free Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church building located at 427 South 6th Street in Rockford's Mid-town section.

Centennial Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This black and white photograph captures the immense, Gothic-style church building located at South 2nd and Oak Streets. Part of the handwritten message on the front wishes "a peaceful Thanksgiving." The card is postmarked from Rockford IL in…

Centennial Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the red brick facade and green roof of this church building located at South 2nd and Oak Streets.

Christian Science Church and Park, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph displays the building's classical lines and dome as well as a good portion of the grounds. The church is located at 515 North Main Street. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL in 1915 with a one cent postage stamp.

Christian Science Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color rendering shows the classical style of this church building with its six-columned portico. The church is located at 515 North Main Street. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL on July 22, 1914 with a one cent postage stamp.

State Street Evangelical Church, Rockford, Ill.
This black and white photograph shows the church, located at West State Street and North Sunset Avenue.

State Street Baptist Church, Rockford, Ill.
This black and white photograph shows the church building in the background with its high spire and a horse-drawn wagon in the foreground within the wide intersection expanse. The church is located at the intersection of East State, North Third, and…

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, "Loves Park," Rockford, Illinois
This black and white photograph depicts the building's cross-topped tower and arched-window motif. The card is postmarked from Rockford IL on June 22, 1941 with a one cent postage stamp.

St. Patrick's Church of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford
This color photograph depicts the Gothic style of this expansive building. A cross sits atop a three-arched entranceway and two other crosses adorn twin apices at opposite ends of the church. Note the 1950s automobiles and the churchgoers' attire. On…

St. Patrick's Church and School, Rockford, Ill.
A black and white photograph of the church and school at West State Street and Royal Avenue. What look to be 1930s-1940s automobiles are parked at the curbs.

First Methodist Church, DeKalb, Illinois
This color photograph shows the church, located at Oak and North 4th Streets in Dekalb. On the back: " A 105 year old congregation serving 17,000 population of Dekalb and the 7,000 students of Northern Illinois University [NIU]. New educational wing…

Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.
A color photograph depicting the church's red brick and green roof. The building is located at 218 North 1st Street near Jefferson Street. This card is postmarked March 29, 1911 with a one cent postage stamp.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.
This sepia-toned photograph shows the front facade of the church, located at 218 N. 1st Street near Jefferson Street, with a huge, wonderful Victorian home nestled next to it. The postmark, from Rockford IL, is difficult to decipher, but may be from…

Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Illinois
Colorized rendition portraying the church building at West State Street and North Hinkley Avenue with its sculpted and well-maintained landscape. On the back: "In Rockford, there are churches representing every denomination, church buildings…

Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This black and white photograph displays the church's three-arched entranceway with circular stained glass above. The building is located at West State Street and North Hinkley Avenue.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Illinois.
This color photograph shows the church building located at Court and Mulberry Streets. On the back: "Organized in 1852. First church built in one hundred block of North Court Street, dedicated 1854. Present church completed in 1887 and in 1917 the…

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
A black and white photograph of the building's structure. The church is located in downtown Rockford at Court and Mulberry Streets.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church's structure with its distinctive tower. The building is located at Court and Mulberry Streets in downtown Rockford.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This photograph shows the ornate interior of the church's sanctuary with congregational seats forming a semicircle before the chancel area with the altar.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
The black and white photograph of the church shares the front of this postcard with a written message dated January 6, 1907. The church is located at Court and Mulberry Streets. This card is postmarked January 7, 1907 with a one cent postage stamp.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church's structure with its distinctive tower. The building is located at Court and Mulberry Streets in downtown Rockford. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL on May 28, 1909 with a one cent postage stamp.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This postcard's photograph appears to be an almost pastel-colored depiction of this church in downtown Rockford at Court and Mulberry Streets.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This photograph portrays the church's stone structure and Gothic-like appearance. The building is located at Court and Mulberry Streets.

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church's structure with its distinctive tower. The building is located at Court and Mulberry Streets in downtown Rockford. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL on September 1, 1909 with a one cent postage stamp.

Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church's red brick building, high-arched stained glass windows above the main entrance doors, and three sets of stairs leading up from the Sixth Street side. The church is located in Rockford's Mid-town section at 5th…

Winnebago Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church's stained glass windows and arched doorway under a towered spire. The building is located at Winnebago and Morgan Streets. The year "1909" is penciled on the back of the postcard.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Black and white photograph looking northwest at the building from the North Church Street side. The church is located at North Church Street and Park Avenue. The message on this postcard, written sideways in pencil on the front side right portion of…

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Black and white photograph looking northwest at the building from the North Church Street side. The church is located at North Church Street and Park Avenue.

Second Congregational Church, 4-194, Rockford, Ill.
Black and white photograph looking southwest at the church, which is located in downtown Rockford at North Church Street and Park Avenue.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph looks northwest at the church's massive structure and red roof from the North Church Street side. The building is located in downtown Rockford on North Church Street and Park Avenue. This card is postmarked April 11, 1913 with a…

2nd Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Frontal colorized rendering of the church with three distinct sets of steps ascending from the North Church Street side. The church is located at North Church Street and Park Avenue (out of sight to the right, which is north in this depiction).

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Black and white depiction looking southwest at the church on tree-lined North Church Street and Park Avenue.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Illinois.
A view looking southwest at the church with 1950s cars parked on two sides and people on the sidewalks. The church is located at North Church Street and Park Avenue. On back: "Original church founded 1849. Present church built 1891. Gordon Chapel…

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Color graphic presentation of this large church structure at North Church Street and Park Avenue in downtown Rockford.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
Greenish-tinted depiction of the church's formidable castle-like structure located at North Church Street and Park Avenue. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL on October 12, 1909 with a one cent postage stamp.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color rendering (the same view as photo 85.109.452) shows the sprawling church building situated at North Church Street and Park Avenue. This card is postmarked from Rockford IL on October 8, 1915 with a one cent postage stamp.

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Ill.
A color rendering depicting the church's massive, angular white structure with a large tower, parapets, and varying roof heights, all within a large lot at North Church Street and Park Avenue surrounded by trees. This card is postmarked from Kenosha…

The New Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford, Illinois.
The neoclassical-looking structure of this church includes a six-columned portico supporting an entablature with a triangular pediment above that pointing to a jutting spire. The building is situated at North First and Jefferson Streets. On the back:…

St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.
This color rendering depicts the church's red brick building with its tall spire in a tree-lined neighborhood at North Horsman and Locust Streets.

Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Church, Rockford, Ill.
A color photograph of the Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Church, variously known as the German Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at North Horsman and Locust Streets.

German Lutheran Church (aka St. Paul Lutheran Church), Rockford, Ill.
This black and white photograph shows the church, located at North Horsman and Locust Streets.

State Street Baptist Church, Rockford, Illinois.
This color photograph (the same as photo 85.109.406) shows the church building in the background with its high spire and a horse-drawn wagon in the foreground within the wide intersection expanse. The front of the postcard states that the building is…

First Baptist Church (actually State Street Baptist), Rockford, Ill.
This color photograph shows the church building in the background with its high spire and a horse-drawn wagon in the foreground within the wide intersection expanse. The church is located at the intersection of East State, North Third, and Kishwaukee…

Swedish Mission Tabernacle 1925
This black and white rendering displays a long view of two sides of the building sprawling around the corner of Kishwaukee Street and 3rd Avenue in Rockford IL.

Swedish Mission Tabernacle, 1925
This black and white photograph depicts the interior with chairs on the main floor, a platform containing a lectern with a huge pipe organ behind it, and balconies on both sides of the room. The tabernacle is located at Kishwaukee Street and 3rd…
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