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Rogers Founding Families

Explore 140 years of Rogers at the Rogers Founding Families exhibit.

Monday, May 10, 2021 to Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00am to 4:00pm
Rates/Admission Prices

Admission is free.

Rogers Historical Museum
313 S. Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Hours of Operation

Thursday - Saturday | 10am to 4pm

Rogers was officially founded on June 6, 1881. In celebration of the 140th anniversary of our city in 2021, we invite you to come learn more 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.

Starting May 10, visitors to the museum will get a chance to view early Rogers history like never before. Come explore fun items from Rogers Founding Families including original tools, medicine bottles, doctors instruments, a pocket watch, post cards, a Knights Templar Uniform and even a cork sizer. Learn the fascinating history behind families such as the Millers who, after opening a simple dry goods store in 1881, had family members that went on to become a mayor, city treasurer and workers on the Frisco Railroad. “Rogers Founding Families” will be on show at the Hailey Building in the Trammel Gallery May 10 - November 6.

The Rogers Historical Museum is located at 313 South Second Street, at the corner of Second and Cherry in the Rogers Historic District. For current hours or more information, please visit or call 479-621-1154. General admission is free.

Photo caption:
Applegate Drugstore
In 1881, the Applegate family purchased the Pennington and McNece drug store, located on First Street just south of Walnut Street. In 1907 J.E. Applegate built a new stone building just south of the original store where it still bares his name today.

First Street - 1882
Looking south from walnut in 1882. One of the earliest pictures of Downtown Rogers features a dry goods store owned by William A. Miller.