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The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents lectures on the first Thursday of selected months from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Multipurpose Room. A new season of lectures begins in September and runs through May the following year. Lectures do not take place in December or January.
Brown Bag afternoon lectures take place on the first Tuesday’s in March, April, and May from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum’s Calf Barn. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a fascinating program. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. Please register for Brown Bag meetings at the Rochester Hills Museum website.
All RAHS programs are open to the public. Only Brown Bag afternoon programs require registration.
Brown Bag Lunch Series: A History of Avon Township: 1817-1871
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 12 p.m. Zoom Livestream.
In collaboration with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, the fall Brown Bag lunches are going VIRTUAL! Brush up on local history topics while enjoying lunch from the comfort and safety of your own home. This is a FREE, 45 minute presentation. Zoom link sent upon registration. Register by Monday at noon.
Our community was settled as part of Avon Township when white, European pioneers moved here starting in 1817. This program looks at our earliest history – interactions with Native Americans, the organization of our local government, land sales, daily living, log cabins, and water powered mills. Museum artifacts will be shown that tell the tales of our hardy settlers and the Native Americans who were here when they arrived. Presented by Museum Manager, Patrick McKay.
Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Zoom Livestream.
Kevin Wood presents a first-person portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in period dress. As Mr. Lincoln, Wood will discuss the president’s life and the history of the United States from Independence through the Civil War. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of this 60-minute program suitable for adults and children. This presentation is online only.
This presentation is open to the public. Registrants will receive an email with a Zoom meeting link and instructions prior to the September 3 presentation.
Smart Towns: The Flawed Victory of Women’s Suffrage
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
The passage of the 19th Amendment provided the right to vote for all adult women in the United States. This victory was the result of a long and arduous political process that required significant compromises. Karen A.J. Miller will examine what women’s suffrage accomplished, and what it failed to achieve.
Miller is an associate professor of history at Oakland University. Her research concerns American political identity and public policy making in the 20th century.
Supported by the Oakland University Department of Women and Gender Studies and The Center for Civic Engagement. Offered in collaboration with the Rochester Hills Public Library and Smart Towns.
Visit smarttowns.rhpl.org to see a complete list of Smart Towns programs.
Smart Towns is a collaborative program series with Oakland University, Rochester University, Rochester-Avon Historical Society, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, and Ascension.
Brown Bag Lunch Series: A History of Avon Township: 1872-1952
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m.
The Fall Brown Bag lunches are going VIRTUAL! Brush up on local history topics while enjoying lunch from the comfort and safety of your own home. This is a FREE, 45 minute presentation. Zoom link sent upon registration. Register by Monday at noon.
By 1872, Avon Township was changing. With the Villages of Rochester and Stoney Creek well established, the arrival of the railroad and mass transit, new schools and plenty of jobs, our community was thriving. The Museum archives tell our community stories as we experience wars, tragedy, and economic success pointing towards a bright and promising future for this place we call home. Presented by Museum Manager, Patrick McKay.