Our Mission

The Roscoe Township Historical Society, Inc., is dedicated to the study and dissemination of Roscoe Township history, through educational programs, research, archeological projects, preservation advocacy, along with the collection and preservation of fine arts, decorative arts, archeological objects, printed and manuscript materials and maps, costumes and weaponry, and historic artifacts related to the heritage of Roscoe Township, Ill. The purposes of the Society are: (1) to collect and preserve artifacts, objects, publications, photographs and other documentary materials related to local, ethnic and family history; prior to and after settlement of non-indigenous people: (2) to disseminate information about the history of the community through exhibits, educational programs and publications based on the Society’s collections; (3) to maintain a research library of past and current literature on the history of the community; and (4) to encourage the preservation of the archeological, historical, and architectural heritage of Roscoe Township.

Our Partners

Our Founders

Bern Sundstedt - Chair

Having moved to Roscoe at the age of three with his parents whose families are long-time residents of the region, Bern Sundstedt is a graduate of Kinnikinnick Grade School `69 and Hononegah High School `73. For the past 25 years he has worked at his undergraduate alma mater, Rockford University, taking on positions of increasing responsibility in Advancement, capping off his career as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, a position in which he supported a 16 member team in Development, Fundraising, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications. He hopes that he can positively leverage his acquired skills in non-profit administration and management, while effectively advocating for the town that has meant so much to his life.

Michele McAffee - Secretary

Michele McAffee is the Marketing Director for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra joining the executive staff in 2014. Michele is responsible for the development and promotion of the RSO brand. Her prior experience includes a 10-year career in television at WREX-TV as an Account Executive, Writer/Producer, On-Air Talent, and Operations Manager. She operated her own advertising agency, MMA/Insight for more than 13 years during which time she held the office of Lieutenant Governor, and Governor for District 6 of the American Advertising Federation. An avid fan of history and family genealogy research for more than 30 years, Michele is the third great granddaughter of Robert J. Cross, Roscoe Township’s first settler.

Dawn Cassady - Treasurer

Dawn Cassady is a retired IT tech with a strong background in accounting systems. She became interested in genealogy and history while living in Mesa, AZ, home to the 2nd largest genealogical library in the world. Arriving in Roscoe in 1995 with her husband and 3 children, she has called Roscoe her home for 23 years. She works part-time as the Assistant to the Roscoe Township Supervisor.

Laura Zwart

Laura McAffee Zwart is a life long resident of the Roscoe area and attended Roscoe schools and Hononegah High School. She currently lives east of Roscoe with her husband Brian and their two boys. She is the Director of Finance at Merychealth Rockford where she has worked for the past 24 years. Her area of focus is hospital reimbursements and budgets. She previously was a member of the North Boone School Board of Education for eight years where she chaired the business committee and community involvement committee. On her mother’s side, Laura is a descendant of the Ransom/Worden/Schoonover family. On her father’s side, Laura is the third great granddaughter of Robert J Cross, Roscoe Township’s first settler.

Elizabeth Lindquist

Elizabeth Lindquist is an oncology pharmacist at the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center in Rockford and a Roscoe Township Trustee. In 2003, with her husband and two children, she moved from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to the Ledges in Roscoe. She’s grateful to have had the opportunity to raise her children in such a beautiful, peaceful space.

Outside of her paid work, Elizabeth’s main passion is democracy reform. She serves as State Issues Specialist for Campaign Finance Reform for League of Women Voters of Illinois, is the founder of Represent.Us Rockford, and is a board member of Illinois for All.

Decades ago, prior to the internet, when locals had to research at Newberry Library in Chicago, but dreamed of going to Salt Lake City, Elizabeth’s mother traced both her parents’ ancestry back to the Mayflower. As a child she was a junior member of the Mayflower Society and the DAR. Her favorite founder is James Madison.
She’s excited to learn about all the people who have made this land their home over the years and to involve all of our community in that effort.

Mavis Benkovich

James McAffee