Local Artist Gerry Post Passes

Local artist Gerald "Gerry" Gust Post passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 82. A post on the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Facebook page read: "Many of you are probably familiar with the art work of Gerry Post. It can be seen on our cover photo, in the collection at Crittenton Hospital, posters in the Rochester Hills Public Library or in city hall. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry." The visitation and funeral service will be held at Modetz Funeral … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents Fourth Annual Mount Avon Cemetery Walk & History Tour

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will present its fourth annual Mount Avon Cemetery Walk & History Tour on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 - 5 p.m. The event combines community theatre and local history in a fun, entertaining living history presentation. This year’s tour features “Women in the Stones.” Reenactors will portray several historical female figures from the community’s past. Each one will share with tour attendees the character’s unique experiences in shaping Rochester’s … [Read more...]

RAHS September Brown Bag Meeting to Feature “Fifty Years of Meadow Brook Theatre”

The history of Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will be the topic of discussion at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Maryann and Thom Foxlee will discuss the theatre’s beginnings, as well as their collaboration on a new book celebrating the theatre’s golden anniversary season. Meadow Brook Theatre opened in 1966 as part of a strategy to bring professional music and … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society Hosts “Detroit’s Historic House of Worship”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. Barbara Krueger, author of the book, Detroit’s Historic Houses of Worship will discuss the art and architecture of historically significant religious buildings representing eight denominations and nearly one hundred years of history. Churches discussed in her book include Sainte Anne in … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society Hosts “History Lives in Grandmother’s Button Basket”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5 at noon at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Chris Parham will present a walk through history with an examination of such historic objects as trinkets, tools, and oblique fasteners and, especially, buttons. She will also answer questions about the archival storage, conservation and care of these objects. Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The public is … [Read more...]

RAHS March Meeting: “Detroit City of Champions”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town, in Rochester. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Charles Avison who will discuss the incredible series of events in 1934-1935 that let up to an amazing sports season in Detroit – the season in which the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won their first championships, and the season in … [Read more...]

RAHS March Brown Bag Meeting: “The Dodge Family”

Robert Gaylord, retired assistant director of the Oakland University Library, will present an in-depth look at members of the Dodge family. In his 38-year career at the library, Gaylord was in charge of Special Collections and Rare Books. He became quite knowledgeable about the Dodge family and remembers Matilda Dodge Wilson bringing birthday cakes to university students. Gaylord earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of … [Read more...]

Parallel Lives: The Hamlins and the Woodwards

If you live in the greater Rochester area, you are invited to the next public meeting of the Rochester Avon Historical Society on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Your blog author will present "Parallel Lives: the Hamlins and the Woodwards," an illustrated program that will examine the lives and legacies of two of the Rochester area"s pioneer families. The program is free and open to the public and anyone interested in the … [Read more...]

Come to the RAHS December Brown Bag Meeting

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced its next lunchtime program will be Tuesday, December 2 at 12 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature Dr. Richard Stamps who will discuss the beginnings and early days of Oakland University, where he was an associate professor of anthropology from 1974 to 2012 when he retired after 37 years of teaching. Born in Oakland, CA, Stamps grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He served … [Read more...]

RAHS December Meeting: “Main Street Makeover: A Review”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced that their next evening meeting is Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature long-time local resident Eric Bothwell and his presentation on Rochester’s Main Street Makeover with pictures he took before and after the award-winning 2012 reconstruction project. From April 2012 through Main Street’s reopening in Nov. 2012, … [Read more...]