Rochester Avon Historical Society’s September Meeting to Feature “The Many Hats of Rochester’s Main Street Pharmacist”

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Local writer and businessman Bob Lytle will be the guest speaker at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 from  7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. A longtime historical society member, Lytle will discuss the history of downtown Rochester’s opera house building, which he restored to its original appearance and in which his pharmacy is located, as well as his prolific writing career … [Read more...]

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator?

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator - Rumors Continue - photo by Michael Dwyer

Will the Rochester Elevator be Sold? Rumors continue to circulate around town that the historic Rochester Elevator will be sold. If that happens, more than likely the building would come down, or be moved. Rochester Media visited the bright red landmark this week. The helpful staff said "an offer is always on the table" when it comes to selling. However, "we"re not going anywhere anytime soon," said the gentleman working the counter. One-Hundred and Thirty-five Years The Rochester Elevator has … [Read more...]

Greater Rochester Heritage Days: Fun For All!

Where else can you have a luscious pancake breakfast at the Community House, walk out the door to an impressive car show, move into by-gone days of Rochester by looking at Rochester–Avon Historical Society vintage photo display and sales booth, hear the wonderful harmony of a Barbershop Quartet? And that’s just for starters! Mark your calendars for the Greater Rochester Heritage Days held Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rochester … [Read more...]

Discover What Your Treasures are Worth at Annual Antique Appraisal Day

Appraiser and local jewelry and antique art expert Paul Haig examines pocket watches at the 2014 Appraisal Day event sponsored by the Rochester Avon Historical Society

It’s time once again to find out what your treasured heirlooms and antiques are worth at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 1 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Local antiques appraisers have offered to donate their time and expertise in books, manuscripts, first editions, coins, clocks, glass, pottery, collectibles, china, lighting, lamps, furniture, guns, military items, antique weapons, dolls and related … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents Awards and Improves Board Structure

Margaret Bartos receives the Gail Kemler Award for Outstanding First-Year Member from Brian Dunphy during the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s annual Board of Directors awards ceremony on June 11. Photo: Leslie Mack

On June 11 the Rochester-Avon Historical Society held its annual Board of Directors awards ceremony at the Rochester Community House. Certificates were presented to members who have made important contributions to the society during its 2013-14 fiscal year and who have demonstrated the society’s mission to help preserve, collect and interpret the history of the greater Rochester area for present and future generations. Debbie Larsen was presented with the Mary Eberline Outstanding … [Read more...]

37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival in the Park Brings Old-Fashioned Family Fun to Downtown Rochester

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There is something for everyone at the 37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival which takes place Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. The festival celebrates the community’s history, traditions and culture and is chocked-full of old-fashioned family entertainment. The festival opens on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and coincides with the City of Rochester’s official dedication of … [Read more...]

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

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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...]