The Father of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “The Father of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence” on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library as a part of the Smart Towns program series. Oakland University professor, Frank Cardimen, will discuss the life and genius of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German Enigma Machine during World War II, and his impact on today’s technological revolution.  Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone … [Read more...]

Using DNA Tests for Family History

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Genetic Genealogy” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Registration is required. This meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch (optional). Genealogist Katherine R. Willson will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examine the … [Read more...]

Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s

Smart Towns presents “Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s” with Daniel Clark, September 23 Smart Towns host Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark on Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library. Clark will discuss the lives of 1950s Detroit autoworkers and their resilience during a time of economic and job insecurity.  Clark's first book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town, explored what … [Read more...]

A Colorful History of American League Baseball Parks

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “A Colorful History of American League Baseball Parks” on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Multipurpose Room. Presented by Paul Hinz, a baseball enthusiast, sit back and experience the evolution of the original ballparks of the eight Charter Members of the American League in this informative presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. … [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...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Publishes New Heritage Tour Book

With a generous grant provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, Rochester-Avon Historical Society recently published a new book titled, History in the Heart of the Hills: A Rochester Area Heritage Tour. This historical tour guide introduces the reader to the heritage sites of Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan, that have withstood the test of time and continue to poke through the fabric of the local landscape. Included are commercial, residential, industrial, and … [Read more...]

A Bike Tour Highlighting Women In Rochester’s History

Rochester Hills Public Library to Partner with Local Historical Agencies for Pedal The Past In partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will host “Pedal the Past: Women in Rochester History Bike Tour” on Thursday, June 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This in-person bike tour will take riders on a three-mile ride through Rochester to visit historic sites highlighting women in … [Read more...]

Mothers, Daughters, and Leaders of Rochester

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hear the inspiring stories of outstanding women from Rochester, presented by Samantha Lawrence, Archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Brown Bag Lunch - Tuesday, March 3 - Admission is free. You bring your lunch and the Historical Society provides … [Read more...]

Rochester “Hangouts” Historical Walking Tour this Sunday

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Offers “Hangouts” Historical Walking Tour Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) is pleased to introduce a brand-new historical walking tour of Downtown Rochester on Sunday, June 23, at 3:00 p.m. This new tour is all about the local hangouts and entertainment spaces that are a part of our community's past. Where was the action in downtown Rochester in days gone by? Where did the kids go to hang out with friends? This tour will take you back to some of the … [Read more...]

If These Waters Could Talk: Maritime Archaeology in the St. Clair Flats

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “If These Waters Could Talk: Maritime Archaeology in the St. Clair Flats” with Daniel Harrison Maritime archaeologist Daniel Harrison will present the history of the delta of the St. Clair River, also known as “The Flats” during the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s general meeting on Thursday October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Rd. Vessels of every kind – from canoes to schooners … [Read more...]