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Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is closed for drop-in hours in January and February, 2017.  We will reopen on Friday, March 3, 2017 for drop-in tours. 

For more information on the temporary closure, please click here

Programs: February Film Series

Fridays in February at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free for members
Non-members:$5 adults | $3 students/seniors 
(pay your admission online using PayPal below)

Barn RaisersFebruary 24
The Barn Raisers
Filmed in Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kansas, this ambitious film paints a mesmerizing picture of how barn styles, building methods and materials reflect the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these “country cathedrals” played in settling and building the nation. 

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Programs: March Lecture Series
Fridays in March at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free for members
Non-members:$5 adults | $3 students/seniors
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March 3
Let’s Go Green - Gerald Hasspacher 
“Let’s Go Green” An Environmental Awareness Presentation sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Group of the Sierra Club. Gerald Hasspacher will share a PowerPoint Presentation that focuses on and defines our current environmental issues. As a resident of southeastern Michigan, he will provide information about native flora and fauna, solar and wind energy, greenhouse gases, energy from fossil fuels, hybrid vehicles, long term environmental hazards and the 2015 Paris Accords. He will also provide useful tips that we can use around our homes and gardens. 

March 10
Great Lakes Islands Maureen Dunphy 
Experience this “island magic” presentation as seen through the eyes of Maureen Dunphy who spent two years traveling to 136 Great Lakes Basin Islands. Her travels changed her life in many ways including changing careers to become a writer and writing coach who inspires others about “Getting There from Here”. She will inspire you to plan your own Great Lakes Island Adventure.

March 17
Ron Rademacher - Michigan Rediscovered: A Dozen Destinations You May Have Missed
Join us for a lively, entertaining look at Michigan's Back Roads - A Road Trip Show presented by Ron Rademacher, author of four books about road trips to out of the way places and small towns in Michigan. This show will describe some of the lesser known destinations, unusual festivals, unique shops, museums and fascinating people through seven different regions of the state.

March 24
Don Callihan - Historic Cruise Ships of the Great Lakes
Steam powered passenger vessels began plying the Great Lakes in the early 19th century. Reliable port-to-port service increased demand and larger and more luxurious vessels were built. As the century came to a close, railroads dominated the passenger business and Great Lakes steamship companies were losing money. To increase revenues, companies expanded excursions to summer destinations aboard palatial ships designed to entertain as well as transport. The era of Great Lakes cruising was born. Don Callihan will take you through this era with photos and stories of the amazing ships that sailed the Great Lakes and docked along the Detroit River until 1968.

March 31
Loreen Niewenhuis - Great Lakes Islands
Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes -A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure.

Guests will be impressed and inspired as Loreen shares her images and adventures that take us from the rugged wilderness of Isle Royale to the strolling metropolis on Montreal Island as she explores the islands throughout the Great Lakes basin while on her exciting Great Lakes journey.

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Founder's Day Event

Date: Sunday, March 12th
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: The Museum
This is a FREE event

This annual event celebrates the arrival of the James Graham Family in the Rochester area on March 17, 1817, founding the first permanent settlement in Oakland County. This event occurs annually in March and admission is free. 

Ken Elwert
Director of Parks &Forestry

Patrick J. McKay
Museum Supervisor

Ph: 248.656.4663

1005 Van Hoosen Rd. 
Rochester Hills, MI

Closed to the Public
For Drop-In Tours
January-February 2017

General Admission
Free for Members
Non-Member Adults $5.00
Students/Seniors $3.00

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