Old-Fashioned Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. $8 Museum Members-Advance; $10 Non-Members-Advance; $15 Day of. Guests can visit all Museum exhibits, including the All Aboard! Model Railroad display that fills the Calf Barn during the holiday season. Farm wagons transport guests to all Museum buildings for musical entertainment, crafts, snacks, theatre groups, live music, and even chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Register at … [Read more...]

Drop-in for the Holidays at the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in hours on select dates this winter from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m., with a Guided Tour of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse at 1:00 p.m. They’ll have the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse beautifully decorated with boughs of holly, old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. Visitors will find seasonal interactive All Aboard: Model Railroad Exhibit! on display in the Calf Barn. Remaining … [Read more...]

All Aboard! Model Railroad Exhibit

The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and cannot wait to share it with the public. The Calf Barn will be filled with modules that have been painstakingly built in scale and show locations near and far. A scavenger hunt through the exhibit adds to the fun. All Aboard! runs November 26, 27 & 28; December 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Fees are $5 for adults, … [Read more...]

The American Army in Normandy from Omaha Beach to the Falaise Gap

June 6, 1944, is arguably the most important single day in western history for the past 2,000 years. Failure of the Normandy landings could have resulted in a very different world than we know today. As important as that single day was, however, D-Day did not end the Battle for France, much less the Second World War. Success on June 6 was just the beginning of the 11-week Battle of Normandy that ultimately resulted in the destruction of the German army in France and opened the door to the … [Read more...]

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, November 2 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. This program was developed by the Friends Peace Team from Denver, Colorado. The goal is to move “toward the right relationship with native peoples.” It is being shared nationwide by trained volunteers. The presentation is powerful in raising awareness about the true … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Returns

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s signature event -- the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival -- returns on Saturday, October 9. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission price includes one pumpkin. The Museum provides stencils and carving tools, but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home. Daytime activities include food, pumpkin bowling, live entertainment, crafts, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more. … [Read more...]

Using DNA Tests for Family History

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Genetic Genealogy” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Registration is required. This meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch (optional). Genealogist Katherine R. Willson will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examine the … [Read more...]

What’s the Buzz about the Honey Harvest

Stop by to watch as we harvest summer honey on Tuesday, August 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Cost is $10 ($8 for museum members). Guests will have a chance to try honey from the hive, spin the extractor, and ask our resident beekeepers, David Majestic and Kim Wasilewski, all about the lives of honeybees. The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Register … [Read more...]

Bike Tours of Downtown Rochester this Summer

Downtown Rochester Bike Tours return July 22, August 14, and August 26 starting at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen, members pay $15 (non-members pay $20) and participants must pre-register. 1 ½ hour long and 3 miles of biking with frequent stops. Please wear a helmet, and bring a water bottle and mask. Meet at Rotary Gateway Park, near west side parking lot of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Rochester’s history is over 200 years if we consider the … [Read more...]

Get Wet and Wild on Wednesdays in July

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July Wet and Wild Wednesday in July at the Rochester Hills Museum Every Wednesday in July, slide over to the Museum for some summer fun. Enjoy family entertainment in the gazebo from 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m. and water fun from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Enjoy several huge slip and slides, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, cool sprinklers for little kids, wading in Stoney Creek, and water activities sponsored by the … [Read more...]