Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1927 Calf Barn recognized as 2014 Barn of the Year

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The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) awarded the 2014 Barn of the Year to the 1927 Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Calf Barn has been rebuilt on its original site with private funds and is now used as a multipurpose facility to support the Museum operations and to provide a location for community events. Phase I work was completed in 2013 that repaired the walls and added the entire portion back according to original drawings. Historically, the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2014 Drop-In Tours

Tour the Van Hoosen Farmhouse on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in tours starting Saturday, March 1st! 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 area was settled in 1823 by the Lemuel Taylor family. After Sarah Taylor married Joshua Van Hoosen the farm named changed. Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a renowned surgeon grew up here and practiced … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host Church Tour

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a tour of churches in the center of our community on Monday, October 28, 2013.  Tour cost is $25 for Museum members and $30 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Registration and payment is available through the Museum website at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms and must be done by Monday, October 21. The tour begins at St. Mark’s Orthodox, then continues to Covenant Christian Church, Rochester Church of Christ (lunch) and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Wild in the City!

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Wild in the City! on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Museum. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. We will learn about our local wildlife and how we can appreciate and live with them. Guests are also encouraged to bring their specific wildlife questions. To register for Wild in the City! call (248) 656-4663 or e-mail … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Host Annual Leadership Seminar

Dr. Jim Grossman

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host Dr. James R. Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, for a presentation on LEADERSHIP AND HISTORICAL THINKING, 1776 – 2013, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (Patriot’s Day) at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Calf Barn as part of the Museum’s annual Broomfield Center for Leadership seminar series.  Admission is free but a reservation is requested. Dr. Grossman will speak on American leaders who created … [Read more...]

Let’s go on a Summer Safari!

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Summer Safari on Saturday, June 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. Admissions for non-members is for $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Guests will be learning the reasons for the seasons and what signs in nature tell us it is summer. Summer Safari will include a story, fun outdoor games, and a nature hike. To register … [Read more...]

New exhibits at Rochester Hills Museum highlighting local artists

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is featuring a new temporary exhibit, Painting the Past, which is on display from Friday, June 14 through Saturday, August 31, 2013. The Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students (K‐12). Museum Members are free! Painting the Past exhibit features seven local artists’ works of art. The paintings depict the Rochester Hills Museum grounds or building as well as … [Read more...]

Garden Walk returns June 20

Stanley Sawvel (left) and Art Mikolowski turned a rough suburban yard into a secluded oasis.

It’s hard to believe it now, but when Art Mikolowski and Stanley Sawvel moved to Rochester Hills 12 years ago, “Most of it was just scrub stuff back here,” Sawvel says. Today, their suburban property is anything but that. A fish pond, a gazebo, potting shed, tool shed and composting area are all tucked neatly into the fenced and gated backyard while leaving plenty of room for perennials, shrubs, walkways and art. Not a square inch is wasted. “We have scale,” says Sawvel, an interior … [Read more...]

Vintage Base Ball Games Return to Rochester Hills Museum

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will serve as the home field for another season of vintage baseball featuring the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club. Home matches will be played at the Rochester Hills Museum on Saturdays, June 8 at 1:00 p.m., June 15 at 6:00 p.m., August 3 at 1:00p.m. and August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. Admission is free and the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and local history exhibits are open during the matches. In addition, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host annual Garden Walk

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A preview party featuring wine tastings is among the gardens on the 14th annual Rochester Hills Museum Garden Walk and Preview Party Co-sponsored by the Rochester Branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden, this year’s walk shows off gardens from town to country in the Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township area on Thursday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Guests can also tour the Children’s Garden on the Museum grounds as well as the Dairy Barn and Calf Barn and … [Read more...]