Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Rochester Hills Museum

Rochester Hills Museum Presents Women’s History in March Visit the Museum on Thursdays in March, for “Herstory” presentations celebrating Women’s History Month. All programs begin at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of March 29, A Purse of Her Own, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Programs are free for Museum members and $5 for the public. Refreshments provided. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms, emailing rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org or by calling 248-656-4663.  March 8: Not Just … [Read more...]

How Crittenton Hospital Came to Rochester

Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills Celebrates its 50th Birthday on August 15 It took ten years to be born. In April 1957, a group of local business and professional people formed a committee to discuss bringing a new hospital to the area. At the time, Rochester had only a small osteopathic facility called Avon Center Hospital, located near the corner of Rochester & Avon roads. Avon Center opened in 1954 with 20 beds – and later expanded to 40 – but lacked many of the services that the … [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...]

This Month in Rochester History

It was a half century ago this month that Rochester residents first learned about the development planned for the former Great Oaks Stock Farm on the west side of the village. Slavik Builders of Oak Park unveiled their concept for the 400-acre development that included 600 homes, 900 apartments and a 9-hole golf course, plus a shopping center to be built later. It was announced that the homes in the new subdivision would be priced starting at $30,000. By Deborah Larson, originally posted at … [Read more...]

Spring on the Farm and New Exhibits at the Rochester Hills Museum

The arrival of spring stirs up fond memories of special times on the Van Hoosen Farm. Joshua and his helpers were planting crops, the newborn calves were following their mothers, and the sweet smells of wild flowers filled the air. The Rochester Hills Museum is celebrating the arrival of spring by inviting visitors to see their newest exhibit and to join them at their annual Spring on the Farm event. The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America 1900-1917 Exhibit On Display till Saturday, May … [Read more...]

Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen

Part of the Michigan Heritage Series Join the museum and Maureen Thalmann as we celebrate the life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. Historian and author Maureen Thalmann will share stories, quotes, and research she has done for her latest book about Dr. Van Hoosen. Copies of Ms. Thalmann’s book, Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free for Museum members, $3 students and seniors, and $5 for adults. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2015 Drop-In Tours

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in tours starting Saturday, March 6. 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 Lemuel Taylor family settled the area in 1823. After Lemuel’s daughter, Sarah, 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 at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2014 Drop-In Tours

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...]

Paving the way for females in science and medicine

Happy National Women’s History Month! To celebrate the untold women who have made strides in science and medicine—those who will forever be role models for generations of girls to come, let’s delve into a little of Rochester and Rochester Hills’ own history. One of the area’s very own—Bertha Van Hoosen earns our spotlight this week. (Which is also fitting that we highlight this female medicine mogul because the 2013 National Women’s History Month theme is “Women inspiring innovation … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Celebrate Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen’s Birthday

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will celebrate the 150th birthday of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen on her birthday, Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and birthday cake will be served after the presentation. Maureen Thalmann will provide a presentation on her life as a surgeon, teacher, professor, author, doctor, reformer, and world traveler and she will make a major announcement about Dr. Bertha at this event. At her death, Dr. Van Hoosen was one of the most well known … [Read more...]