Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Four Fabulous Foremothers” for Women’s History Month

Join the Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) on Tuesday, March 5 at noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm for a lunchtime program titled, “Four Fabulous Foremothers” with Ginger Ketelsen and Michele Dunham. Spend an afternoon listening to stories brought to life by Ketelsen and Dunham as they present Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Mother Jones, and Lucretia Mott from the foremothers collection of the late Dr. Gladys McKinney, a Rochester Community Schools educator for many years. Dr. McKinney researched, wrote, and designed fourteen dolls that spotlight women’s history.

Dr. McKinney has been honored for her work by being inducted into the Wall of Fame at the Rochester Hills Museum at VanHoosen Farm and the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in Lansing. The dolls are currently on loan to the Rochester Hills Museum. Dunham and Ketelsen are also retired Rochester educators as well as museum volunteers.

Bring your lunch and a friend. This event is free for RAHS members. Nonmembers are asked to consider a $5 suggested donation at the door. 

Registration is required. Register online at, or call 248-266-5440 and leave a message, or send an email to

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