Dear Crabby, Why Does Everyone Forget About Flag Day?

Dear Crabby, Last year, I was the only person on my street to fly the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day. Do people just not know about it, or do they just not care?   Thanks,M. Erica Dear M. Erica, Well, just so no one forgets this year, Flag Day is Monday, June 14. In fact, it’s always recognized on June 14. Personally, I think the reason it isn’t on people’s radar is because it’s shoehorned between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. That and the fact, it’s not a national … [Read more...]

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom

The Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom” with Kevin Wood, September 3 The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will present a live online presentation titled, “Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom” with actor Kevin Wood on Thursday, September 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The live stream will air on Zoom. Wood will present a first-person portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in period dress and discuss the president’s life and the history of the … [Read more...]

Blue vs. Gray in Black and White at the Library

Blue vs. Gray in Black and White That’s the informal color scheme for the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Summer Used Book Sale, set for July 27 –August 1. A large collection of Civil War books constitutes the marquee item for sale at the library building at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester. It will be located in the library’s second floor addition in the space dedicated to the Friends’ used book operation. The new area is marking its first anniversary with this … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Difference Between Memorial and Labor Day?

Dear Crabby, I am a proud American and always do my best to properly observe our national holidays. But recently a Canadian friend asked me what the difference is between Memorial Day and Labor Day; and you know what? I was kind of at a loss for words. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Pete Patriot Dear Mr. Patriot, Don’t fret. I have a feeling you’re not alone in this. My bet is that a lot of Americans are so used to celebrating these holidays that they’ve long forgotten how they got started … [Read more...]

Civil War map on sale

This July will mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of the 22nd Michigan Infantry regiment that fought in the Civil War. This Michigan regiment was assembled in Pontiac. Among these patriotic volunteers were men from Rochester and Avon Township. To commemorate this anniversary, the Rochester Hills Museum store is now selling Oakland County in the Civil War maps. This 36" x 42" color poster shows all of the historical sites, cemeteries and monuments that are related to the Civil … [Read more...]

Museum marks Veterans Day

This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. To commemorate this anniversary and Veterans Day, the Rochester Hills Museum is presenting a guided tour of the Civil War Veterans buried in Stoney Creek Cemetery on Saturday November 12. The tour includes a scavenger hunt on the Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery and an optional memorial flower ceremony. The tour will start at the museum’s dairy barn. Participants will walk about half a mile uphill to the … [Read more...]

Reading, viewing, and discussion programs at Rochester Hills Public Library explore Louisa May Alcott’s life and work

Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who grew up in the innermost circle of the Transcendentalist and antislavery movements, served as a Civil War army nurse, and led a secret literary life writing pulp fiction. Louisa May Alcott was her own best character, and her life was her own best plot. The documentary film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, … [Read more...]