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Museum Day Live! 
Date: Saturday, September 23rd
Cost: Free for Museum members, and for those downloading a free ticket at smithsonianmag.

Museums have extraordinary power to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. This event represents a commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are.

In celebrating Rochester's Bicentennial this year, we will load up our conference room with archival documents for a one-of-a-kind day allowing you to view maps, photos, ledgers, diaries, uniforms, and more - and see the sampling of our community since 1817!

Guests will also have the chance to visit our exhibits, two farmhouses, barns, and gardens for free!

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 Depots in the Gilded Age: Silver Spoons and Golden Spikes - presented by Jackie Hoist and Ron Campbell

Time: 7:00 pm
Free for Museum Members
Seniors $3/Adults $5

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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Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Tour
Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $10/Museum members, $17/Non-members
Advanced registration required. **Please register by September 25 in order for arrangements to be made for lunch.**

Our first mass transit system in Rochester was a canal that ended in our community in 1838 - it was part of the first public works project in the State of Michigan. Is it still here today? As you retrace its route from Mt. Clemens to Rochester, you will be able to walk along parts of the canal, see remains of one of the locks, and learn the history of this man-made waterway that endured as a millrace long after its use for transportation ended. Celebrate the bicentennials of Rochester and Utica! 

Cost includes lunch. The tour leaves from and returns to the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Guests coming from Macomb County may choose to meet at the Clinton Township Historical Village Museum at 40700 Romeo Plan Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038.
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2017 Scarecrows in the City
Date: Thursday, October 5 - Scarecrow Building Workshop
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Rochester Hills Museum
Cost: $50.00/Business, $40.00 Non-profit Organizations

Scarecrows next to pumpkins

In conjunction with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm's Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival, the 2017 Scarecrows in the City encourages local businesses or organizations to build and then display a whimsical scarecrow on the Museum grounds during this festive and highly attended event. After the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is over, the scarecrows will be moved to a downtown Rochester location until the end of the month, giving participant business exposure to thousands of people during the month of October.

A Scarecrow Building Workshop will be held at the Museum to help participants put together their scarecrows, Thursday, October 5 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The Museum will provide the wooden frame, straw, signage and all of the moving logistics. *Participants will need to provide their own clothing, accessories (don't forget a head for the scarecrow), man-power and imagination!

Contact the Museum at 248.656.4663, for more information. Please respond by October 2 or you'll be left hanging!
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Sound the Alarm! A History of Fire Protection in our Community
Date: Thursday, October 12th
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission, but donations accepted for the Great Lakes Burn Camp
Registration Required

Since 1895, the Rochester area has had fire protection. As the community grew, the Brooklands and Avondale Fire Departments were started, merged to become the Avon Township Fire Department, that evolved into the fire protection we have today. Meet the fire chiefs and the long serving, dedicated members of the Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township Fire Departments, and view some historic and technically advanced fire trucks of today on display. 
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Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 14
Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Pumpkin Carving and Activities
      7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Pumpkin Lighting
Location: Museum
Cost: $5/Museum Members, $8/Non-members *Children under 2 are free

Pumpkins on the Stone Wall all lit up at night

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its signature event, the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival, on Saturday October 14th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Activities this day include pumpkin carving, music, food, Pioneer Playground, Fire Truck, drum line, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and leave it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property, and return that evening to see all the pumpkins lit up! We are hoping to exceed the 1,011 record number of pumpkins. There will also be an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows.

The Museum provides stencils and carving tools, but guests are encouraged to bring their favorite carving tools from home. 
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Veteran's Day Program World War I Remembered through Artifacts
Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free for Museum Members and Veterans, $5/Non-members
Registration is required
Light refreshments provided
American Flag on table
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the US involvement in WWI, local historian and collector of WWI artifacts, Jim Cassell, will share his knowledge of the tools of the Great War including rifles, grenades, periscopes, edged weapons, trench art and more. 
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Ken Elwert, CPRE
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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