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...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents ‘Visiting Michigan Cider Mills’

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Michigan Cider Mills” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, September 7, at 12 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Did you know Michigan is home to more than a hundred cider mills? Spread across the state, these independently owned, local businesses celebrate the best the fall harvest provides. Farm fresh produce, honey, baked goods, and old-fashioned candies are just some of the local … [Read more...]

The Woman’s Relief Corps Served Rochester for Generations

A quilt on display in the farmhouse at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is a window to the charitable work of a Rochester women’s organization that served the community for three-quarters of a century. The center panel of the WRC quilt identifies it as the product of Rochester post 227 (From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm). One year after the Civil War ended, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was formed as a veterans’ advocacy and fraternal … [Read more...]

Young Leaders Celebrate Cider Season with Tasting at Fieldstone Winery

Virtual and In Person Options Available Young Leaders Celebrate Cider Season with Tasting Join the Rochester Hills Museum Young Leaders (RHMYL) at Fieldstone Winery for a hard cider tasting and a presentation on the history of cider on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. This hybrid event will have both virtual and limited in person options. Each ticket will include a package of eight hard cider samples and a presentation on the history of cider by Museum Program Coordinator Cathy Fitzpatrick and … [Read more...]

Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm publishes the history of Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has reprinted a book that discovers the Lost Villages in Oakland and Macomb Counties. If This is Hastings...Then Where is Hog’s Hollow – was originally printed in 1990, but with the explosive residential and commercial growth in Oakland and Macomb Counties over the past thirty years … [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...]

Clinton River Trail Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The scenic Clinton River Trail, spanning 16 miles through the five communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2019 with a year-long calendar of programs and events for all ages. Volunteers with Friends of the Clinton River Trail (FCRT) are encouraging hikers, bikers, walkers, birders, canoeists, kayakers plus fishermen and women to take to the trail and enjoy the area history, many sights, … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Presents Farm to Table

Growing and Preparing Organic Food The Rochester Garden Club, in partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, is bringing together two professionals with a passion for delicious, fresh wholesome food to present Farm to Table, a program that is designed to educate and inspire. Chef Chris Cason of the Chapman House and Lisa Jaroch, owner of Cold Frame Farm will combine their talents to present a program about growing environmentally sustainable food, and preparing that food … [Read more...]

Sunday July 23 on Walnut Street

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Sunday on Walnut Street July 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Museum Members $5; Nonmembers $7.  Register on-line at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms Meet in the parking lot at Third and Walnut Streets, in downtown Rochester. Walnut Street was nicknamed “Church Row” because of the many churches located here. Join Debbie Remer to discover where the various churches were located, where they are now, and the stories behind each … [Read more...]

Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Games this Summer

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Hosting Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Next game is July 1 at the Rochester Hills Museum, located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Visit the Rochester Grangers for a complete 2017 schedule No advanced registration required Enjoy base ball the way it was played by gentleman in the 1860s Admission is free - bring your own blanket or chair. All games start at 1:00 p.m. … [Read more...]