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April 2022

Antique Appraisal Day

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rochester Hill Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road
Rochester HIlls, MI 48306 United States
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Join RAHS for the 28th Antique Appraisal Day from 12-4 p.m. at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Appraisers will be available to a wide range of antiques and heirlooms including cast iron, toys, coins, glass, pottery, china, collectibles, furniture, military items, musical instruments, and more! Bring items or photos of larger items and have your treasures appraised. All items are appraised at the fair market value. No buying or selling allowed. Verbal appraisals only. Admission is free; appraisals…

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RAHS Brown Bag Lunch: Exploring the Origins of the Bill of Rights

April 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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Free

This program traces the development of America's basic statement of human rights enacted by the First Congress on December 15, 1791. These fundamental principles which form the foundation of American jurisprudence will be explored. Without the Bill of Rights, there would not have been the United States of America. This meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register by following the website link provided. Refreshments will not be served, but registrants are welcome to bring a…

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Golden Age of Theaters & Pipe Organs

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI United States
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Free

RAHS Membership Director, Richard Dengate, a retired high school teacher and university lecturer, will present a historical look back at the theaters of long ago and the pipe organs that once entertained generations of moviegoers presented through photographs and film which will recreate the thunderous sounds which reverberated throughout these cavernous temples of architectural wonder. Dengate is a member of the American, Detroit, and Motor City Theater Organ Societies. This meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is…

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May 2022

Hallowed Halls: 175 Years at the RCS Historic Campus

May 3 @ 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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Free
Harrison Building

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 engaging look at the history of this iconic and historic landmark in Rochester. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.…

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Avon in the Civil War

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI United States
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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 to defend a broken union. Hear the stories of these men, from the brothers who paid the last full measure of sacrifice at Williamsburg, to…

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