Museum presents travel series

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will present the History Traveler Series on Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 7 p.m.

On March 1, explore earth’s last frontier, the remote underwater corners of the world with Captain Bud Uren and Dr. Heather Sellick of US Scuba. They will share their fascinating underwater images of the south Pacific, Galapagos, Africa, the Caribbean and the Ring of Fire.

On March 8, the topic is Forgotten Stony Creek—the construction years, 1959-1969. In 1959, construction started on Stony Creek Metropark. During construction, public relations officer John Sterling and photographer Jim McGarrigle diligently documented the development of this park with numerous photographs. This program was created by William Remer who worked at the park for 36 years and can remember as a young boy driving with his family on Mt. Vernon and West roads during the clearing of trees for the creation of the parkʼs lake.

On March 15, Oakland University Professor Emeritus Richard Stamps presents Personal reflections on China Travels—1962-2012. Using slides and journal entries, he reflects back on 50 years of experiences in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and traveling through the People’s Republic of China. He has traveled to China 23 times, and lived there for seven years.

March 22 Roger Bjorek will present South Florida and the Everglades. Everglades National Park was created in 1947 with the intent to protect a threatened ecological system. The park itself is but a portion of what historically constituted the entire “river of grass” ecosystem. This park is rich in cultural history and home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the country. Bjorek, of Oakland Township, is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with degrees in biology and education. He retired from Stony Creek Metropark after a 35-year career as the park naturalist.

Admission to the talks is free for museum members; nonmembers are $ 5 adults, $ 3 seniors/students. Register at 248.656.4663 or

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