Dear Crabby, Is Michigan Still Planning on Holding Elections?

With all the COVID-19 craziness going on, I sometimes forget we’re in an election year. Will we still be able to have our remaining 2020 elections? I heard some states are canceling them. Also, do you know if there has ever been a time in history where a national election has been postponed or canceled? Thanks! Vonda Voter Dear Vonda Voter, I have to admit that after our presidential primary election back in March, it has been kind of nice not to be hit over the head on a daily basis … [Read more...]

Rochester’s History of Fighting Viral Disease

Parkedale’s Role in Defeating Polio As we wait for medical science to develop vaccines and treatments to fight COVID-19, it is interesting to turn back the pages of history to the story of another disease that was vanquished by vaccine—and to remember Rochester’s connection to the historic achievement. Poliomyelitis (commonly called polio) is a contagious viral disease with a wide range of symptoms, including paralysis in some cases. The disease swept over the United States in several … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Easter Bunny an Essential Employee?

Dear Crabby, Ever since this pandemic started, our lives (and everyone else) have been turned upside down. In the midst of getting everything together to homeschool (!), I just looked at the calendar and realized this Sunday is Easter! Can we still have Easter or is now the time I fess up to the kids that my husband and I are the Easter Bunny? Thanks! Josephine Cottontail Dear Josephine Cottontail, Ahh, yes. Right about now your inbox and Facebook feed should be flooded with ads for … [Read more...]

Oakland Professor Tells of World War II Daring During National Friends of Library Week

Oakland University professor Frank Cardimen will be the featured speaker at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, October 24 in the multipurpose room of the library, 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester. Cardimen’s presentation on “America’s Invasion at the ‘Underbelly’ of Europe” is scheduled to run from 7-8:30 p.m. and will follow the business portion of the Friends annual public meeting. A popular and engrossing speaker, … [Read more...]

Espionage and Religion at Oakland University April 4

Historian Matthew Sutton to Discuss WWII Espionage, Religion at Oakland University The Department of History at Oakland University will present “(Un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II,” a special lecture with award-winning author and historian Matthew A. Sutton, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 in Gold Rooms A, B and C at the Oakland Center. “Matthew Sutton is one of the very best scholars in the nation working on American religious history today,” said Todd … [Read more...]

Manhattan Project Musical ATOMIC rocks Meadow Brook Theatre

Musical “ATOMIC” rocks Meadow Brook Theatre’s 50th season with the story of the Manhattan Project During World War II, the United States was in a race with Germany to build the ultimate weapon. Both sides were sure the one to create a functional atomic bomb would be the one to win. We know now they were right, but what did it cost the people doing the creating? People like Leo Szilard, the mastermind behind atomic power. Leo finds out just what he can do when someone believes in him, but does … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools to Rededicate Veterans Memorial Plaque from RHS Class of 1947

On November 10, 2014 Rochester Community Schools will host a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room to rededicate the plaque in memory of “the men who gave their lives in World War II” that was donated by the Rochester High School class of 1947. The plaque has been restored and will be relocated to a place of greater prominence within the Rochester Community Schools Administration building. The press release also stated that at that time the district will also unveil a newly commissioned … [Read more...]

Museum opens World War II exhibit

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy are hosting an exhibit now through May 12 of World War II memorabilia, featuring airborne units. The exhibit will culminate in activities on Friday, May 11 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9-4 p.m. The Saturday event will feature vehicles, lectures, battles, weapon demonstrations and a symposium featuring World War II soldiers involved in various airborne units. A complete schedule of events will be … [Read more...]

Detroit During World War II

Learn about Detroit during World War II from Karen AJ Miller, History Professor at Oakland University on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. During World War II, Detroit experienced unprecedented growth.  As demand for housing and other resources exploded, war-time restrictions on materials slowed the construction of new homes and schools. Professor Miller will discuss how this created a social crisis as too many workers fought over too few houses. The result was … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be Hosting a Lecture Series in November

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a lecture series, A Salute to Veterans, on the first three Thursdays of November.  The lectures will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn.  Museum members and students are free, non members $5, Seniors/Veterans $3.  Please call to register at 248.656.4663 rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org Nov. 4- Afghanistan Veteran Steve Mrozek Join Steve Mrozek as he speaks about his 12 month service in Afghanistan. He will be … [Read more...]