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Smart Towns Lecture Series
Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone in the community led by educational, non-profit organizations including the Rochester Hills Museum. Smart Towns' "partners" work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one period in history for one year. The theme for 2017 is "The Gilded Age in America: 1870-1900". While major changes were taking place in America after the Civil War, what was happening in Rochester during this time?

September 26th
Smart Town: Railroads and the Gilded Age presented by Jackie Hoist and Ron Campbell

Time: 7:00 pm
Free for Museum Members
$5 for public

The Museum's second presentation as part of the Smart Towns series on the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth and railroads were the major growth industry. America had a love-hate relationship with the railroads as travel became easier, cheaper and more common. How did these iron horses change our country? Jackie Hoist and Ron Campbell will take you on a trip back in time to learn about trains, depots, and travel during the Gilded Age.

Please visit Smart Towns for more information on local community led programs. 
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Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball
Visit the Rochester Grangers for a complete 2017 schedule
No advanced registration required
Enjoy base ball the way it was played by gentleman in the 1860s. 
Admission is free - bring your own blanket or chair.
All games start at 1:00pm

 Date Opponent
Sunday, June 4th vs. Spiegel Grove Squires
Saturday, June 10th vs. Shanty Boys BBC of Cheboygan
Saturday, July 1st vs. Royal Oak Wahoos
Saturday, August 5th vs. Early Riser Base Ball Club of Detroit
Sunday, August 20th vs. Bay City Independents
Sunday, September 10th        
vs. Northville Eclipse


Garden Walk
Date: Thursday, June 15th
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rain or shine
Tickets in advance $12, Day of Garden Walk $16
Advance purchased tickets can be picked up at the Museum -
June 12-14 between 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and all day on June 15th.

Enjoy the beautiful gardens throughout our community, a garden art show at the Van Hoosen Calf Barn, lectures, painters, food and more!

 Time Activity
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Open Aire Garden Market on Museum Grounds
11:00 am  From Pots to Plates in the Calf Barn
Garden Walk Admission

Co-sponsored by the Rochester Hills Museum and the Rochester Garden Club 

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Rochester Bicentennial Barn Dance
Date: Friday, June 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Rochester Hills Museum

Kick up your heels and celebrate Rochester's Bicentennial at the old-fashioned square dance at the Rochester Hills Museum! Great food, great music, and a great time to support some great causes!

Contact the Rochester DDA for ticket information here
A Tale of Two Trails - Historic Bike Tour with Rochester Hills Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 29th
Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Admission is free, but advanced registration is required at the Rochester Hills Public Library.

Get out your wheels and enjoy an evening bike ride while learning about Rochester's fascinating past over 3.7 miles of riding. A bike helmet is strongly encouraged.

Summer Programs for Kids

Terrific Tuesdays in the Garden - Parent/Child Programs
Terrific Tuesdays in the Garden provides children with the opportunity to use all five senses while learning the basics of gardening. There is a new theme each week and children enjoy stories, crafts, activities and snacks. Children 3 to 5 years and their caregivers learn how plants grow, how butterflies and ladybugs help, that we can eat food from plants from every letter of the alphabet, and that there are plants for every color of the rainbow. Children ages 6 to 10 years learn more about horticulture, botany and entomology through literature, activities, crafts, and snacks.

Date Ages 3-5 10am to 11am Ages 6-10 1pm to 2:30pm
June 27th Sunny Seeds Compost Stew - Worms Love It!!
July 11th Rainbows in the Garden Powerful Plants and their Perfect Parts
July 18th Caterpillars and Butterflies Brilliant Bees
July 25th Five Senses Fabulous Flowers
August 1st Alphabet Soup Stone Soup
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Little House by the Creek Day Camp: Ages 7-11
Dates: July 13th, July 27th, August 10th
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$30 per session for Museum Members
$35 per session for Non-Museum Members

This day camp is repeated 3 times during the summer. Each session ends with campers exploring the "shimmering" creek of Bertha Van Hoosen's childhood after a day of doing some of her favorite chores, attending the schoolhouse that she loved, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and visiting the final resting place of the Taylor-Van Hoosen family.

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Little House in the Village Writer's Camp: Ages 9-12

Dates: Monday, August 21st - Thursday, August 24th
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$120 for Museum Members
$140 for Non-Museum Members

Enjoy four days of fun throughout our 16 acres and various historic buildings and Stony Creek. The sites, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings are perfect for any budding young writer. The focus is on process, not product, but does align with the Rochester Community Schools' curriculum.
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Music in the Garden
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
$3 for Museum Members
$5 for Non-Museum Members

The Children's Garden is the perfect place to spend the evening and enjoy the music of Guy Louis.

Music in the Garden Admission

Wet and Wild Wednesdays!
Date: Every Wednesday in July
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
No advance registration required
Museum Members are Free
Non-Museum Members: $3/person ages 2 and up

Enjoy entertainment in the gazebo from 12pm-1pm
Water fun from 1pm-2pm
 Date Performers 
July 5th Tom Plunkard
July 12th Gordon Russ
July 19th Kevin Devine
July 26th Guy Louis

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Special Thanks to our partners at the Clinton River Watershed Council for helping all of us appreciate and protect our water resources.

Ken Elwert
Director of Parks &Forestry

Patrick J. McKay
Museum Supervisor

Ph: 248.656.4663

1005 Van Hoosen Rd. 
Rochester Hills, MI

Open to the Public
Drop-in tours
Fridays & Saturdays
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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