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The Rochester Hills Museum is closed for all programs and drop in tours through April 13th. You can still contact Museum staff to schedule private events, weddings, etc and to schedule tours scheduled for later this spring. Please contact us at 248.656.4663 or

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NARM Site: Here
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The Rochester –Avon Historical Society hosts several Brown Bag lunches on local history topics.

Admission is FREE! You bring your lunch and the Historical Society provides dessert and coffee.

All programs held in the Museum Calf Barn from 12 -1:00 p.m.

The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal - CANCELLED

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn

Register HERE

Debbie Remer provides information on Michigan’s first internal improvement project after it became a state in 1837. Starting in Mt. Clemens, the canal was dug 16 miles to Rochester and stopped. What happened?

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The Ten Most Fascinating Tidbits about the Rochester Area That You Might Not Know 

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn

Cost: Register HERE

Rochester’s fascinating history is well documented, but there are a few historical events that you might not know, presented by Patrick McKay, Manager, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.
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Cabin Fever Lecture Series - CANCELLED

On Friday evenings in March, we provide a variety of programs that will educate your mind and warm your heart.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in March

Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn

Cost: Museum Members free; Non-Members $5

Register: Museum Members click HERE 
Non-Members purchase tickets below   
Friday, March 27, 2020 - CANCELLED 

Modern Interpretation of Native Americans by Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Join Eric Hemenway of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians to learn about the forced relocation of natives and its repercussions. In the 1800s, Indian removal was federal policy that displaced tens of thousands of natives from their ancestral homelands. The most infamous of these removals was the Cherokee trail of tears but Michigan has its own history of removing its native populations. This talk will look at the history of forced relocation of tribes in Michigan and the repercussions removal policies had on tribes.

Smart Towns
Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program led by educational, non-profit organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for the year. The 2020 theme is Events That Changed the World.
For a full schedule visit

SMART TOWNS Program – Michigan’s Great Thumb Fires of 1871 and 1881 and the Establishment of the American Red Cross
By Alan Naldrett - CANCELLED

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn
Cost: Museum Members Free; Public $5
Register: Members click HERE

The fires that burned in Michigan’s Thumb in 1871 and 1881 resulted in catastrophic damage to property and wildlife – and remains among the most memorable historic fires in Michigan’s history. One of the first official disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross was in response to the Thumb fire of 1881, and some communities would never recover from the scorched trails of destruction. Author Alan Naldrett pieces together accounts of those who lived through the events and the aftermath.

SMART TOWNS Program – The Polio Vaccine Story and How Rochester Saved the World

7:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn
Cost: Museum Members Free; Public $5
Register: Members click HERE

The Polio Vaccine Story was originally published in five installments in the Parke-Davis Retirees Review. The articles focused on the development and use of the Salk Polio Vaccine, with emphasis on the role played by Parke-Davis, especially in Rochester, Michigan. Don Callihan is a Parke-Davis retiree and was Director of Engineering at the Parke-Davis facility in Rochester, Michigan.


Historic Preservation Month Celebration
Fake History: Busting the Myths
presented by Carol Bacak-Egbo, Historian
in collaboration with the Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Date: Thursday, May 14

Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Cost: Admission is Free, Refreshments provided

Register: Click HERE. •  • 248-656-4663

Enjoy an evening at the museum with an interactive presentation exploring “fake history.” History, especially local history, sometimes gets tangled up over time. Myths are passed along. Events become distorted. History gets caught in a web of assumptions. Come learn about why this happens and resources you can use to untangle it!

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Cathy Fitzpatrick
Cathy Fitzpatrick
Museum Program Coordinator

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