RAHS March 2014 Brown Bag Meeting

Eric Bothwell will be the featured guest speaker at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Brown Bag program on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, beginning at noon at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Street in Rochester. Eric will be speaking about the recent Main Street Makeover project and about some of the interesting artifacts that were discovered during the reconstruction. He will present photos of the construction process as well as historical images of Main Street over the years. There were … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts 21st Annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Rochester Community House

Local jeweler and antique art expert Paul Haig (seated) appraises a drawing at the 2013 Antique Appraisal Day. Courtesy of the Rochester-Avon Historical Society. Photo by Leslie Mack.

Have you ever wondered what that old dresser is worth or who painted Grandma’s beautiful oil painting? If you have antique treasures or family heirlooms that you’ve long wondered about, bring them to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 21st Annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 2 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, and have them professionally appraised. There are more appraisers this year who have offered to donate their time and … [Read more...]

Historic Districts Commission to Present Preservation Awards


The city’s Historic Districts Commission will present its annual Earl E. Borden Historic Preservation Award at the City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at City Hall. This year, the HDC has voted to present the Earl Borden Award for Historic Preservation Leadership to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, for their leadership and development of the Oakland Regional Historic Sites website, an online resource that places information on historic sites in one easily accessible … [Read more...]

Art conservator to speak

Art conservator and Rochester-Avon Historical Society member LaVere Webster will be the featured guest speaker at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Brown Bag lunch on Tuesday, March 5, beginning at noon at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Street in Rochester. Webster will share his experiences as an art conservator, including his work for museums and caring for a $14 million art collection for 25 years. He will also discuss the history of the profession. Bring your lunch … [Read more...]

Historical Society hosts Appraisal Day

No need to wait for the Antiques Roadshow to come to Detroit in June--bring your family heirlooms and treasures to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 3 from noon-4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow and have them professionally appraised. Ten appraisers who have offered to donate their time and expertise will assess books, manuscripts, coins, clocks, glass, pottery, china, lighting, furniture, guns, military items, teddy bears, … [Read more...]

Warm up your February with CORE events

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION RESOURCE EXCHANGE (CORE) EVENTS February 2013 Events Preschool Fair Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m. Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester Parents are invited to drop in and visit with representatives of local preschools and day care centers who will bring information about their programs and will be on hand to answer your questions. Gifts for All God's Children: Family Feud Saturday, February 2, 5:00 p.m. Trinity Lutheran … [Read more...]

Get involved in these great holiday happenings around town!

Woman's National Farm & Garden Association 66th Annual Greens Market Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 100 Romeo, Rochester Fresh wreaths and roping, fresh greens arrangements (including custom orders), custom made bows, herbal items, gourmet corner. Admission is $2. See our website for more information. www.rochesterwnfga.org Teen Videogame Day Saturday, December 1, 2:30 p.m. Rochester Hills Public … [Read more...]

Historical society offers gifts of history


The Rochester-Avon Historical Society has three new items for sale, just in time for the holidays. The society’s first annual calendar has historic photos taken from postcards of the Rochester area. In addition, Deborah Larsen has authored a second book in the Remembering Rochester series entitled Vanished Rochester. The 44-page book highlights some of the area’s lost historic sites. The third item is a computer mouse pad with the image of the old Detroit United Railway trestle, … [Read more...]

Former Secret Service agent to speak

Radford Jones

As the presidential candidates crisscross the country in last-minute campaigning, the Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present a timely talk. Presidential Train Travel and the Secret Service will be presented by former U.S. Secret Service agent Radford Jones on Thursday, November 1 from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Library, 500 Olde Town, Rochester. The meeting is free and open to the public. Jones has received numerous awards and commendations for his contributions to our … [Read more...]

History comes alive at Mt. Avon


Costumed actors representing residents from Rochester’s past will come to life at Mt. Avon Cemetery on Saturday, September 29 from 1 – 5 p.m. The Rochester – Avon Historical Society will conduct a family-friendly event combining community theater and local history. Guides will lead groups through the cemetery, where visitors will hear stories of the lives of people told in first person by the actors. Timed tours will depart from the municipal parking lot at Third and Walnut streets, … [Read more...]