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...]

Kids History Hour: Widgets, Furs, and Skulls

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents this program on Tuesday, March 30, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. $7.00 per child, adults are free. This is a "hands-on" discovery program. Explore objects from the past and guess their uses. Learn how animals survive winter and other adaptations by investigating furs and skulls. Dress for the weather, as this program is entirely outdoors. A campfire and hot cocoa will be provided. Learn more at the Event Listing. … [Read more...]

Holiday Farmhouse Tours

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Van Hoosen Farmhouse Christmas Tours with old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. $9 per adult ($6 for members) and $5 for seniors or students. Holiday Farmhouse Tours Register by 12 noon the Friday before the date of the desired visit. November 28, 29December 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 The Welcome Center has numerous videos and exhibits on local history and the … [Read more...]

Holidays at the School House

Presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Enjoy a quick history and tour of the one room school house, then practice your alphabet on a slate board, hop on some stilts, play quoits, master the ball and cup, or sift through old maps and artifacts. Top it off with a holiday paper craft and cookie. We adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for a hands-on, socially distanced history experience. Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.November 4, … [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...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival 2020

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Pre-registration is available NOW. The Cost is $30 per table for museum members and $35 per table for non-members. Extra pumpkins are $5. Let your light still shine this Halloween at our socially distanced edition of Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. Return at night to see all the … [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...]

Sap-to-Syrup at Van Hoosen Farm

Rochester Hills Hosts Popular Sap-to-Syrup Event On Saturday, March 14 the City of Rochester Hills will host its annual Sap-to-Syrup program at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Before you know it, the cold weather will be on its way out and warmer conditions will begin. When the cold temperature at night rises during the day the transition causes pressure changes that move the sap and cause it to flow. Guests will be able to see how syrup traditionally made its way from … [Read more...]

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is proud to participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day on Saturday, September 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Museum Day is a national initiative to promote boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge by offering visitors free admission to participating museums across the United States. The Rochester Hills Museum will offer free admission to … [Read more...]