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September 2021

Smart Towns: Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI United States
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Daniel Clark, professor of U.S. history at Oakland University, will talk about the lives of autoworkers in the 1950s, highlighting their resilience during a time of economic and job insecurity and instability. Clark regularly teaches courses on U.S. Labor and Cold War America as well as undergraduate and graduate seminars. His first book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), explored what unionization meant to workers and managers at cotton mills…

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October 2021

Genetic Genealogy: Using DNA Tests for Family History

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road
Rochester HIlls, MI 48306 United States
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Genealogist Katherine R. Willson introduces the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examines the pros, cons, and ethics of DNA testing. Willson is an engaging & dynamic genealogy lecturer at local, regional, and national conferences; an educator teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogy classes in Michigan since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan (published in 2018 by The In-Depth Genealogist). She lives in…

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Smart Towns: The Father of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI United States
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This Smart Towns program, presented by the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, features Frank Cardimen, Oakland University professor, who will discuss the life and genius of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German Enigma Machine during World War II, and his impact on today's technological revolution. Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone in the community led by local educational organizations. Lectures are centered on one theme per year. The theme for 2021 “Renewal: Ingenuity of the Human Spirit.”…

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November 2021

Brown Bag Program: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road
Rochester HIlls, MI 48306 United States
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This program was developed by the Friends Peace Team from Denver, Colorado. The goal is to move "Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples" .  It is being shared nationwide by trained volunteers. The presentation is powerful in raising awareness of the true history of how the native Americans have been treated since the arrival of the white colonists with the goal to establish fair and just relationships today and for the future. Come join us on "Potawatomi land." This program…

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Lincoln on Immigration & America’s Place in the World (Zoom Meeting)

November 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Free

Mr. Lincoln shares his experiences and thoughts on the subjects of immigration, nativism, international relations, and the global significance of the American Civil War. Adults & Children 12+. Historical character actor Kevin Woods portrays President Abraham Lincoln in this exciting live online program! This meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, follow the website link provided.

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