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April 2020

CANCELED Brown Bag: History of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

April 7, 2020 @ 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 may be rescheduled for a later date. Guest speaker Deborah Remer will discuss the history of the failed Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal project. In 1837, Michigan officially became a state. At that time, plank roads, corduroy roads, and Native American trails were the only ways to reach the interior part of the state. As Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason actively encouraged projects that would develop wilderness areas and create jobs. Around the same time, the Erie Canal was enjoying…

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May 2020

CANCELED: Brown Bag: Ten Most Fascinating Tidbits about Rochester

May 5, 2020 @ 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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Rochester Hills Museum manager Pat McKay will discuss the ten most interesting bits of information you may not know about Rochester. Bring your lunch. The historical society will provide dessert and coffee. Admission is free. Please register using the link provided.

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CANCELED: Thursday Evening Lecture: The Haven Sanitarium

May 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI United States
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** This presentation will be rescheduled. On Thursday, May 7 beginning at 7 pm at the Rochester Hills Public Library Multipurpose Room, RAHS President Tiffany Dziurman will present her continuing research on the Haven Sanitarium, a mental health facility that once stood along Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills (then Avon Township) from 1932 to 1968. The Haven began as a private residence built by the Shinnick family in 1926-27. In 1932, the home was converted into a private drug and…

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May 2021

Brown Bag: Meet Gladys McKenney

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meet Gladys McKenney, Community Hall of Fame Member, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, educator, writer, interpreter, Women’s Suffrage educator and more. Enjoy our 30-minute video about 93-year-old Gladys McKenney and her collection of dolls that represent women suffragists, and hear her story and accomplishments as one of our cherished local residents. After the video, Gladys will join us live on Zoom to answer questions. This program is free. Registration required. Register using the website link below.

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Thursday Evening Program: The Haven Sanitarium

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Historian and RAHS president Tiffany Dziurman will share her latest research about The Haven Sanitarium, which once was a world-renowned mental health hospital in Avon Township (now Rochester Hills). Dziurman will tell the story of how the Haven began and how it ended with new research information, photos, and more. This program is free and open to the public. Register using the website link below.

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