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...]

Founders Day Celebration Kicks Off Bicentennial March 12

City of Rochester Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebration at the Rochester Hills Museum Twenty-Seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. Founded in 1817, Rochester is the first settlement in Oakland County. The City is planning a series of Bicentennial events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone event. The first Bicentennial event is Founders Day on Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The event will … [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...]

Newspapers Alive and Well at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Launches Online Collection & Newspaper Archive  The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has made a portion of their historical collections available online for researchers, students, and local residents to utilize and enjoy. Over 7,000 catalog records have been uploaded to the online database using a museum cataloging software called PastPerfect. These collections include archival photographs, documents, and objects related to the greater … [Read more...]

Winter Survival 101 at Van Hoosen Farm

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Winter Survival 101 The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Winter Survival 101 on Monday, January 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Bloomer Park. Admission is free for Rochester Hills Museum members. For non-members, the admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.  Ages 8 and up are welcome. The city’s naturalist and environmental educator will be teaching guests how to build a survival shelter and the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Starry Starry Night

Star Program at the Rochester Hills Museum The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Starry Starry Night on Saturday, December 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Patrick Endres, the museum’s environmental educator, will be teaching guests about what they can see in the night sky. A telescope will be available to … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Hosts World Premiere

Van Hoosen Farm Set to Star For the first time in its history, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will star in its own new documentary titled On Van Hoosen Farm on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. On Van Hoosen Farm, an original production of Detroit PBS, explores how five generations of Taylors and Van Hoosens raised their families and worked the land. Residents and history lovers are invited to a special world premiere with guest speaker and Emmy Award-winning producer, … [Read more...]

The Presidential Election of 1860

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is presenting a lecture on The Presidential Election of 1860 The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting The Presidential Election of 1860 on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. For non members, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Erin Dwyer from Oakland University will discuss Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaign - a divisive campaign involving … [Read more...]