Rochester in the Gilded Age

Rochester Hills Museum Presents Smart Towns Lecture Smart Towns is a series of lifelong learning programs led by educational, non-profit organizations in the greater Rochester area. The Smart Towns’ ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one period in history every year. Lectures, presentations and courses introduce the participants to the arts, sciences, transportation, industrial, social and economic changes of the time and are presented by experts in the … [Read more...]

A Rochester Partnership that Works for All

Several years ago, two longstanding Rochester organizations developed an informal partnership that pools resources and talent to give the Rochester community a focal point for outdoor enjoyment, historic preservation and educational outreach. The Rochester Garden Club and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farms work together to enrich the community and give visitors to the museum and its surrounding grounds a lovely and interesting experience. Rochester Garden Club members have … [Read more...]

Founders Day Kicks Off the Bicentennial Year for City of Rochester with VIDEO

Founders Day, an annual event, was extra special this year. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the Rochester Hills Museum, not only to recognize six new "founders," but also to kick off the start to the City of Rochester's 200th year celebration. Founded on March 17, 1817 by James Graham, Rochester has grown, keeping up with the times, yet holding on to its past. "Small town feel" is alive and well in Rochester. This year's event was held in the 1927 Calf Barn of the Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Celebrate Rochester’s Bicentennial with a Visit to the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Reopens with Rochester Bicentennial Exhibit Celebrate 200 years of Rochester’s history with the Rochester Bicentennial exhibit. On display in the Rochester Hills Museum’s Dairy Barn through the end of 2017, this exhibit highlights various aspects of Rochester’s innovative community such as its schools, mills, businesses, and newspapers. Want to learn why Rochester was settled in 1817? Stop by the Dairy Barn on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to … [Read more...]

Six New Members to be Inducted into the Community Hall of Fame for Founder’s Day Celebration

Rochester Hills Museum to Induct Six New Members into the Community Hall of Fame The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be inducting six new members into the Community Hall of Fame at the Founder’s Day Celebration on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. The Founder’s Day program is sponsored annually by the Rochester Historical Commission to recognize the founding of Rochester on March 17, 1817 by James Graham. This year’s event features PBS personality Tom Daldin and his wife, Rochester … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum has a Cure for March Cabin Fever

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting their Annual March “Cabin Fever” Lecture Series: Every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. Admission is free for Museum members. For non-members, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Refreshments served. Guests can register for these lectures by using the PayPal option at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms, e-mail rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org, or call (248) 656-4663.  March 3: Let’s Go Green with Gerald … [Read more...]

Sweet Breakfast Program Awaits at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Parks Department is Presenting the Maple Syrup Program and Pancake Breakfast  The Rochester Hills Parks Department will be presenting the Maple Syrup Program and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. at the Rochester Hills Museum. Guests will see our sap to syrup demonstrations, learn the history of making syrup and enjoy a pancake breakfast, complete with sausage, juice, and hot coffee. Morning program talks will begin at 9:00, 10:00, and … [Read more...]

February Film Series at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is presenting February Film Series The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting a February Film Series every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free for museum members. For non-members, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Guests can register for these films by using the PayPal option at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms, e-mail rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org, or call (248) 656-4663. … [Read more...]

Happy Hibernation and The Great Backyard Bird Count in February

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is presenting Two Environmental Programs in February The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Happy Hibernation on Saturday, February 4; and the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 11. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. For non-members, the fee is $5 for adults, $3 students, and $3 for seniors. Happy Hibernation on February 4 Join Patrick Endres, the Museum’s Environmental Educator, for a … [Read more...]

Rochester in the 1960s and Pop Up Books from the Rochester Avon Historical Society

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents “Rochester in the 1960s” with Patrick McKay The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s will hold an evening meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town Road. As Rochester celebrates its bicentennial in 2017, each decade sheds light on our community's history. The 1960s brought the Vietnam War to our city, as well as a massive growth in population. What happened that brought so many people here? … [Read more...]