Roscoe Township Historical Society Mission

The Roscoe Township Historical Society is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is the study, preservation and dissemination of Roscoe Township history.

Proposed Cross Homestead restoration and future home of Roscoe Township Historical Society

In December of 2018, Roscoe Township purchased 17-acres of land, including the original homestead of Robert J. Cross, Roscoe's first permanent, non-indigenous settler. 


Starting in the fall of 2019 and extending through 2020, Roscoe Township Historical Society will solicit funds and other contributions for the restoration of the home that Mr. Cross constructed in the early 1840s. A proposed architect's rendering of the finished homestead is pictured at left.


The Township has plans to develop the land, including a community center and other public-use spaces. They will partner with the Historical Society. Keep tabs on our progrees in the Photo Galleries. 

Roscoe Township Historical Society Board

Bern Sundstedt - President

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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. He has recently retired after 25 years at his undergraduate alma mater, Rockford University, during which he took 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

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Michele McAffee is the Marketing Director for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) joining the executive staff in 2014. She 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

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Dawn and her family have been Roscoe residents since 1995. Originally born in Rockford and raised in Cherry Valley Township, she settled here after living in Mesa, Arizona for 15 years, where she became interested in genealogy and history. She is married, with 3 grown children, and one grandchild in the area.

She studied accounting, with emphasis on cost accounting and inventory control management in a manufacturing atmosphere but ended up making her career as a computer technician, installing mainframes in accounting environments. She owned and operated Certified Computer Service for 12 years in Roscoe before retiring. She currently works part time as the Assistant to the Roscoe Township Supervisor. Her hobbies include genealogy, macramé and silver/turquoise jewelry making.

Mavis Benkovich - Board Member

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Elizabeth Lindquist - Board Member

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Elizabeth Lindquist has resided in Roscoe for seventeen years. She is a Roscoe Township Trustee and an oncology pharmacist at SwedishAmerican Hospital. She grew up in Arlington Heights where all of her family were members of the Arlington Heights Historical Society. One of her first personally meaningful experiences with history was joining the Mayflower Society as a junior member in elementary school (after her mother did years of research at Newberry Library in Chicago; this was before the internet made genealogy so easy). She is looking forward to helping make Roscoe's history as accessible to community members as the local history was in her hometown. 

James McAffee - Board Member

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Jim McAffee is a life-long resident of the Roscoe area, attending Roscoe schools and Hononegah High School. He currently lives in Rockton with his wife, Jeanna. He’s retired from the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, a former member of the Rockton Township Historical Society and a current member of the Rockton Boat Club. On his mother’s side, Jim is a descendant of the Ransom/Worden/Schoonover family. On his father’s side, Jim is the third-great-grandson of Robert J. Cross, Roscoe Township’s first settler.  

Philip Rhymer - Board Member

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Laura McAffee Zwart - Board Member

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Laura McAffee Zwart is a life-long resident of the Roscoe area, attending Roscoe schools and Hononegah High School. She currently lives east of Roscoe with her husband Brian and their two boys. As Director of Finance at Mercyhealth Rockford, she has worked for the past 24 years with a focus on hospital reimbursements and budgets. She was previously 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.