Hallowed Halls: 175 Years at the RCS Historic Campus

Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester HIlls, MI

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Research Committee Chair Deborah Larsen will present on the history of the Administration Building located at 501 W. University Drive. The building has served as a school or school office for 133 years and is the location of a school building for 175 years. Bring a lunch and join RAHS for an […]

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Avon in the Civil War

Rochester Hills Public Library 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, MI

In 1860, Avon Township was a relatively sleepy farming community; dotted with mills, farmhouses, barns, and a main street lined with blacksmith shops, livery stables, hotels, and other establishments common to a mid-19th century Michigan village. In 1861, when shots were fired on Fort Sumter, Avon’s sons answered Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops and enlisted […]

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Greater Rochester Heritage Days

Rochester Municipal Park

May 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & May 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Rochester Municipal Park. Come out and enjoy this free, family-friendly, event located in the beautiful Rochester Municipal Park in Rochester, Michigan. Visit the Heritage Rod & Custom Car Festival on Saturday and the Festival of Cars show on Sunday (with […]

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Greater Rochester Heritage Days

May 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & May 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Rochester Municipal Park. Come out and enjoy this free, family-friendly, event located in the beautiful Rochester Municipal Park in Rochester, Michigan. Visit the Heritage Rod & Custom Car Festival on Saturday and the Festival of Cars show on Sunday (with […]

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Annual Meeting & Member Picnic

Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester HIlls, MI

Join us for the return of RAHS’s Annual Meeting and Member Picnic! Rain or shine we will have a lovely evening socializing with other members, telling stories, and more. The first part of the program will be a look back at the year’s activities, a look ahead to the 2022-23 season, and board elections and […]

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Stories from Elmwood: Exploring the Past in a Detroit Cemetery

Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester HIlls, MI

The park-like grounds of Detroit’s Elmwood Cemetery provide a unique glimpse into the city’s fascinating past. Join us as we meet the politicians, generals, abolitionists, explorers, businessmen, and everyday figures who repose in this hallowed part of Detroit. Elmwood’s “residents” include numerous “conductors” of the Underground Railroad, a 19th century baseball hall-of-famer, the author of […]

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The Witch of Delray

Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester HIlls, MI

Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rum runners and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city's soaring architecture and industrious population. As the Great Depression began to take hold, tensions grew, spilling over into the investigation of a mysterious murder at the boardinghouse of Hungarian immigrant Rose Veres. Amid accusations […]

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Avon at Andersonville

Rochester Hills Public Library 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, MI

Join RAHS member Chris Brown who will discuss the local connection to the notorious Confederate prison. In February of 1864, as the Civil War dragged on into its fourth year, a small patch of rural Georgia countryside was turned into the Confederate Prisoner-of-War Camp known as Andersonville. Overcrowding, inadequate water and food supplies, unsanitary conditions, […]

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The Future of Meadow Brook Hall

Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester HIlls, MI

Meadow Brook Hall executive director William Matt shares recent updates and developments related to the construction, renovation, and interpretive focus happening at MBH in 2023. This program is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch and a friend! Registration required.

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Citizens of the American Colonies: The Patriots

Rochester Hills Public Library 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, MI

Meet three Patriot Players from America's Colonial past - Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, and Sybil Ludington. Hear each tell their story of the roles they played in helping America to become America. Larissa Fleishman has been a living historian for about 20 years and has worked at Greenfield Village as a historic costumed presenter for […]

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