A Bike Tour Highlighting Women In Rochester’s History

Rochester Hills Public Library to Partner with Local Historical Agencies for Pedal The Past In partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will host “Pedal the Past: Women in Rochester History Bike Tour” on Thursday, June 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This in-person bike tour will take riders on a three-mile ride through Rochester to visit historic sites highlighting women in … [Read more...]

Mothers, Daughters, and Leaders of Rochester

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hear the inspiring stories of outstanding women from Rochester, presented by Samantha Lawrence, Archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Brown Bag Lunch - Tuesday, March 3 - Admission is free. You bring your lunch and the Historical Society provides … [Read more...]

Rochester “Hangouts” Historical Walking Tour this Sunday

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Offers “Hangouts” Historical Walking Tour Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) is pleased to introduce a brand-new historical walking tour of Downtown Rochester on Sunday, June 23, at 3:00 p.m. This new tour is all about the local hangouts and entertainment spaces that are a part of our community's past. Where was the action in downtown Rochester in days gone by? Where did the kids go to hang out with friends? This tour will take you back to some of the … [Read more...]

If These Waters Could Talk: Maritime Archaeology in the St. Clair Flats

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “If These Waters Could Talk: Maritime Archaeology in the St. Clair Flats” with Daniel Harrison Maritime archaeologist Daniel Harrison will present the history of the delta of the St. Clair River, also known as “The Flats” during the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s general meeting on Thursday October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Rd. Vessels of every kind – from canoes to schooners … [Read more...]

Historic Michigan Kit Houses by Mail

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Kit Houses by Mail” Melodie Nichols, Curator of the Clawson Historical Museum  From 1906 through the 1980s it was possible to purchase an entire house through the mail. There are many of these kit homes in downtown Rochester and in surrounding communities. Join fellow local history enthusiasts at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town Road, … [Read more...]

Christmas 1942 in Rochester, Remembering the Fight and Loss of the War

Virginia MacLeod and Christmas 1942 in Rochester  Seventy-five years ago, Rochester’s Christmas season was a memorable one – for a tragic reason. The end of the first year of the Second World War brought with it rationing restrictions, worries about absent loved ones, and the shock of a wartime-related death that happened not overseas, but right here at home.  There were no big, bright holiday lights on Rochester’s Main Street in December 1942. The news from the fighting fronts was … [Read more...]

Gail Kemler Celebrates a Century

Rochester is marking the 200th anniversary of its founding this year, and local resident Gail Kemler has witnessed almost half of the town’s two centuries of history. Kemler, of Rochester Hills, is planning to celebrate her 100th birthday at the end of this month, in the company of scores of family and friends. Gail Johnson Kemler was born October 28, 1917 in Brookfield, Illinois, where her father worked on a railroad line. When Kemler was four years old, her mother became seriously ill and … [Read more...]

Forgotten Tales of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Forgotten Tales of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula” with author Alan Naldrett  The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town Road. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Author, historian and humorist, Alan Naldrett, will discuss some of Michigan’s most interesting yarns and characters. Discover the ghostly … [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...]

24th Annual Antique Appraisal Day

Historical Society’s 24th Annual Antique Appraisal Day to Feature Twelve Appraisers at the Rochester Community House The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will host its 24th annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 5 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. There will be twelve appraisers on hand to evaluate everything from antique art and Barbie dolls to writing instruments and violins. Antique Appraisal day, sponsored by the historical society, has been one … [Read more...]