Spring on the Farm and New Exhibits at the Rochester Hills Museum

A young boy makes a wooly new friend at Van Hoosen Farm
Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The arrival of spring stirs up fond memories of special times on the Van Hoosen Farm. Joshua and his helpers were planting crops, the newborn calves were following their mothers, and the sweet smells of wild flowers filled the air. The Rochester Hills Museum is celebrating the arrival of spring by inviting visitors to see their newest exhibit and to join them at their annual Spring on the Farm event. The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America 1900-1917 Exhibit On Display till Saturday, May … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Holds Open House for Prospective Brides and Grooms

Van Hoosen invitation

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Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2015 Drop-In Tours

photos of Red House and Barn 009

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in tours starting Saturday, March 6. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum encompasses 16 acres of historic buildings, gardens, houses, barns, children’s garden, historic landscape, and a schoolhouse. The Lemuel Taylor family settled the area in 1823. After Lemuel’s daughter, Sarah, married Joshua Van Hoosen the farm named changed. Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a renowned surgeon, grew up here and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host Michigan Stained Glass Census Class

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host a class to learn about the Michigan Stained Glass Census and to encourage the registration of all stained glass in our regional community on Saturday, January 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Barbara Krueger, Director of Michigan Stained Glass Census at the Michigan State University Museum will discuss the history of the census and the forms used. This is an effort to document stained glass in churches, businesses, residences, government … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents Terrific Turkeys

Learn about our feathery friends at the Rochester Hills Museum on November 22

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Terrific Turkeys on Saturday, November 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Museum. Admission is free for Museum Members. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Guests will learn about these amazing birds and the hard work it took to bring them back to Michigan. “Wild turkeys were reintroduced into Michigan in the 1950s after being gone from several … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Unveils Water-Powered Mill Exhibit

Barkham Mill

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has unveiled a new exhibit that features the 25 water-powered mills that once dotted the community.  The exhibit is on display on Fridays and Saturdays from 1–4 p.m. through November 22.  Admission is free for Museum members and $5 adults and $3 seniors and students. The Rochester community has three major water sources with the Clinton River, Paint Creek and Stoney Creek and these waterpower sources supported mills that provided wood, … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival returns to the Rochester Hills Museum

Museum pumpkin patch

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The presenting sponsor for this event is Genisys Credit Union with event sponsors including Noodles and the Village of Rochester Hills. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. After the evening lighting, guests can take their pumpkin home. The Museum is hoping to exceed our record of 1,011 … [Read more...]

Vintage base ball match at Rochester Hills Museum on Thursday night!

Grangers of the Corn BW

A great way to kick off the summer season is by watching the Rochester Grangers play base ball the way is was played in 1865! The Grangers will play the Port Huron Welkins on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or their own chair. Vintage base ball captures the national past time as it evolved after the Civil War. Games are still nine innings long but emphasis is placed on gentlemanly behavior, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Host 15th Annual Garden Walk

Pergola Gate in late summer

From town to country, the 15th annual Rochester Hills Museum Garden Walk shows off seven gardens in the greater Rochester and Oakland Township area. Co-sponsored by the Rochester Branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, this year’s event on Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. also provides a look at the Rochester Community Gardens and the adjacent Dinosaur Hill Children’s Garden.  Guests can also tour the Children’s Garden on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds as … [Read more...]

‘Petticoat Surgeon’ play to debut at Rochester College

Hannah Wasil, who plays Dr. Van Hoosen in "Petticoat Surgeon"

Our local history comes to life starting tomorrow when Rochester College debuts the play - Petticoat Surgeon: The Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, dramatized by Dr. David Keller. Born in Avon Township (Rochester Hills) in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher who practiced medicine for more than 60 years. The founder of the American Medical Women's Association, Bertha was inducted into … [Read more...]