Cool Off in Stoney Creek with Some Stream Science

Come cool off in Stoney Creek with these hands on activity kits. Splash around, use nets, magnifying glasses, bug boxes, and more to learn about the critters that call the creek home. Staff will be on site near the creek with available supplies. Steam Science runs Thursdays in June, July, and August from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning June 10. No pre-registration required, and it's free, but there are a limited number of kits available on a first come, first serve basis. The Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Explore the World of Bees with Honeybee Hangouts

This family friendly program, presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, explores the world of bees. Visit the Museum hives, try on a beekeeper's outfit, sample local honey, and create a beeswax candle on June 26. The Saturday morning event runs from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and costs $15 ($10 for museum members). The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. … [Read more...]

Historic Cemetery Stroll in the Heart of Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Hills Museum presents a Mount Avon Cemetery Tour Tuesday, June 22, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. $10 per person ($8 for museum members), advance registration only. UPDATE: Second date added for July 20, registration required. Platted in 1826, this land embraces the souls of settlers. Find gravestones for the community’s earliest leaders, soldiers, poets, and philanthropists. The tour will examine the artwork of headstones and divulge the forgotten lives and stories of the past. Meet … [Read more...]

Adult Garden Series at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Bring a chair and enjoy a morning presentation by the Rochester Garden Club. This devoted volunteer organization has a plethora of local plant knowledge to share. Programs will be held in the Children’s Garden. In case of bad weather programs move indoors. No pre-registration required. The series runs on the following dates from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Adult Garden Series programs are free - donations are accepted. June 2              Favorite Annuals and PerennialsJune … [Read more...]

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...]