Rochester Celebrates Founder’s Day

City of Rochester Historical Commission Annual Founder’s Day Event
The City of Rochester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual Founder’s Day program in the multipurpose room at the Rochester Hills Public Library from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.
The program, “We are all Founders” features award winning local artist Gerry Post who will share the story of his life and his work. Post grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Art Center School in Los Angeles. After graduation he was hired at the General Motors Cadillac Styling Studio in Detroit.
Gerry, his wife Carolyn and their family moved to Rochester in 1973. His artwork varies from drawings with historic themes such as the Crittenton Hospital Circle of Caring prints, watercolors, and murals in acrylic on canvas. A six by nine foot mural adorns a wall at the Potere Modetz Silverbell Chapel and a smaller mural with Rochester scenes is at the Potere Modetz Funeral Home in Rochester. Post received the 2012 Arts and Culture Award from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the City of Rochester.
Founder’s Day commemorates the founding of Rochester as the first permanent settlement in Oakland County. On March 17, 1817 James Graham and his sons stopped at a spot in the wilderness that would become the city of Rochester. They put up a rough log cabin and sent for the rest of the family later that year.
The Rochester Hills Public Library is at 500 Olde Towne across from the Post Office. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call Rod Wilson at 248-651-6178.

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