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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 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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Smart Towns Lecture Series

April 25th
Rochester in the Gilded Age: 1870-1900

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

What was happening in Rochester during the age of the Robber Barons, westward expansion and railroads? How did the inventions and scientific advancements by Levi Strauss, Burbank, Carver, Edison, Ford, Tesla and Westinghouse affect the local residents? What kind of architecture was popular here when Frank Lloyd Wright created a new American aesthetic with the Prairie School and the wealthy spent fortunes on the arts? Museum Manager, Patrick McKay, will entertain and educate with his presentation on Rochester in the Gilded Age

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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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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