Local History

& Orange Judd

Rochester Library has digitized many local history items. Other information is available to the public through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We have provided links below.

The Rochester Historical Preservation Society is dedicated to remembering the town’s notable history, celebrating the present, and preserving it all for future generations. Visit their website by clicking on the button.

Explore the meaning behind the Village of Rochester’s Coat of Arms.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has sponsored a collection of community stories from the Rochester area. They are accessible at this link.

The Library is pleased to announce our digitization of the 1918 Orange Judd Pictorial Community Album of Rochester Township and Village. We have made the Orange Judd Album available freely online as a digital flipbook, which can be viewed below. If you need help using the flipbook, see the photo guide at the bottom of the page. We recommend that you view the album in full-screen, as this will allow you to see the pictures in greater detail. Please contact the Library with any questions.


  • To flip between pages, use the arrows at the side of the book, or the arrows near the bottom of the flipbook (next to the window with the page numbers)
  • To view the flipbook in full-screen, click on the icon in the bottom right corner (looks like two arrows facing away from each other)
  • Double click on the book to zoom in and out of the page (this works best in full-screen mode); use your mouse wheel to more carefully zoom in and out
  • Click the printer icon to print a specific page from the flipbook
  • To share the flipbook on social media, click on the icon on the flipbook menu.