Time to Unveil the Bicentennial Monument Sundial

Be a Part of Rochester History on Saturday, August 12

Twenty-seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Rochester. In celebration of this historic milestone, the City of Rochester will unveil the Bicentennial Monument at a Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m. at Rochester Municipal Park.

City of Rochester’s Bicentennial Monument Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, August 12

City of Rochester’s Bicentennial Monument Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, August 12

Located at the entrance to the Rochester Municipal Park, the centerpiece of the monument will feature a Sundial designed by Michigan artist Russell Thayer, surrounded by Historic Decade Stones depicting key moments in Rochester’s history, benches and engraved brick pavers.

Visitors to the park have been wondering what this structure might be, one person told Rochester Media they thought it was “a large dangerous seesaw,” and another thought it was a “giant headless giraffe.”

“I am so thrilled to start the homecoming event with the unveiling of the beautiful sundial monument,” stated Mayor Cathy Daldin. “The monument historically covers the past 200 years and will be with the city forever. The City Beautiful Commission worked very hard to make sure we honored our history.”

To attend the Bicentennial Monument Ribbon Cutting, please RSVP by Thursday, August 10 by calling 248-656-0060 or email Kristi@downtownrochestermi.com.

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  1. John Garman says

    Hi. I am wondering what was done with the Michigan Historical Marker that resided here before the sundial. Was the historical marker relocated, and if so, where? Was it returned to the State? Was it put in storage or scrapped? I would be very interested in knowing its fate.

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