Modern Interpretation of Native Americans

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Modern Interpretation of Native Americans on Thursday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. Eric Hemenway of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians will host a virtual presentation about the forced relocation of natives and its repercussions. In the 1800s, Indian removal was federal policy that displaced tens of thousands of natives from their ancestral homelands. The most infamous of these removals was the Cherokee trail of tears but … [Read more...]

Museum Reprints ‘Petticoat Surgeon’ Autobiography by Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is pleased to announce that it has reprinted Petticoat Surgeon, the autobiography of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. The book was originally published in 1947. The reprinting celebrates Dr. Van Hoosen's 158th birthday on March 26, and Women's History month. Bertha Van Hoosen (1863-1952), was born and raised in Stoney Creek Village - located on Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. The Village was established by her family in … [Read more...]

Kids History Hour: Widgets, Furs, and Skulls

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents this program on Tuesday, March 30, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. $7.00 per child, adults are free. This is a "hands-on" discovery program. Explore objects from the past and guess their uses. Learn how animals survive winter and other adaptations by investigating furs and skulls. Dress for the weather, as this program is entirely outdoors. A campfire and hot cocoa will be provided. Learn more at the Event Listing. … [Read more...]

Making History More Accessible at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills and Rochester Partner to Expand Historic Preservation. Museum on Van Hoosen Farm to make local history more accessible for generations to come. The City of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester recently announced a multi-year renewable partnership to digitally transform Rochester’s archival documents and historical item collection through the Rochester Hills Museum on Van Hoosen Farm.  “This arrangement makes a lot of sense,” states Blaine Wing, City Manager … [Read more...]

Interpreting Women at Mackinac

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Interpreting Women at Mackinac, a free virtual event, on Wednesday March 10, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Interpreting the past accurately involves telling the stories of many people. Lee Ann Ewer, interpretive assistant, and Craig Wilson, chief curator, will discuss the specific challenges and rewards of researching and interpreting the lives of women at Mackinac, and how these stories are being incorporated into the wider history of … [Read more...]

Spectacular Rochester, a Brush Up on Local History

In collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Brown Bag Lunch programs are going virtual. Attendees may register to join online, to brush up on local history topics, during the noon lunch hour. The first virtual Brown Bag Lunch is Tuesday, March 2 from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Register to receive a Zoom link to join in. The people, places, and events that shaped the community's history are introduced through historic photographs, maps, documents, and fascinating stories. … [Read more...]

Holiday Farmhouse Tours

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Van Hoosen Farmhouse Christmas Tours with old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. $9 per adult ($6 for members) and $5 for seniors or students. Holiday Farmhouse Tours Register by 12 noon the Friday before the date of the desired visit. November 28, 29December 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 The Welcome Center has numerous videos and exhibits on local history and the … [Read more...]

Holidays at the School House

Presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Enjoy a quick history and tour of the one room school house, then practice your alphabet on a slate board, hop on some stilts, play quoits, master the ball and cup, or sift through old maps and artifacts. Top it off with a holiday paper craft and cookie. We adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for a hands-on, socially distanced history experience. Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.November 4, … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival 2020

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Pre-registration is available NOW. The Cost is $30 per table for museum members and $35 per table for non-members. Extra pumpkins are $5. Let your light still shine this Halloween at our socially distanced edition of Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. Return at night to see all the … [Read more...]

Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm publishes the history of Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has reprinted a book that discovers the Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties. If This is Hastings...Then Where is Hog’s Hollow – was originally printed in 1990, but with the explosive residential and commercial growth in Oakland and Macomb Counties over the past thirty years … [Read more...]