Travel Back in Time 200 Years for a Walk Through Downtown Rochester

A Walk in Time Meet in Downtown Rochester at the white tent next to Catching Fireflies, 203 W. University. Thursday, July 27 and August 3, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Museum Members $5; Nonmembers $7. Travel back in time along Rochester’s Main Street, to witness true stories of the past. Costumed re-enactors will entertain with actual events that happened during Rochester’s 200 years. Limited tickets available. Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen … [Read more...]

Little House by the Creek Day Camp

Thursday, July 27 and August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ages 7 - 11 Museum Members $30; Nonmembers $35 Each Day Camp session ends with campers exploring the shimmering creek of Bertha Van Hoosen’s childhood, after a day of doing some of her favorite chores, attending the schoolhouse that she loved, harvesting fruits and vegetables and visiting the final resting place of the Taylor-Van Hoosen family. Register On-line at … [Read more...]

Wet and Wild Wednesdays are Back for the Month of July

Rochester Hills Museum Hosting Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July  The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is hosting Wet and Wild Wednesdays every Wednesday in July from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Family entertainment in the gazebo runs from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. and then water fun runs from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. including slip and slides, fire truck spray, creek wading and various activities hosted by the Clinton River Watershed Council. Entertainment this year includes Tom Plunkard on July 5, Gordon Russ … [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...]

Library and Museum Combine Exercise and History on June 29

Rochester Hills Public Library Shares History of Two Prominent Trails The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is offering community members the chance to explore the rich history just outside the library’s doors. To share the stories RHPL collaborated with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to take you on a bicycle ride through time. On June 29, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. join us for a 3.7 mile ride, where you’ll meet ‘the original Forrest Gump’, see the former training site of … [Read more...]

A Big Day is Planned for the Annual Rochester Garden Walk on June 15

Rochester Garden Walk Strolling Along for 18 Years From town to country, the 18th annual Rochester Garden Walk co-sponsored by the Rochester Garden Club and The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm shows off many unique and private gardens in the greater Rochester area. This year’s event takes place Thursday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to strolling in the private gardens, guests can also tour the Children’s Garden on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds, as well as … [Read more...]

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...]