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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Events at the Museum and Parks

Enjoy campfires, s’mores, hot chocolate, and winter fun with Rochester Hills Parks & Natural Resources this season.


This winter, the City of Rochester Hills is starting the year off right with some great opportunities for residents and families to get more connected to the outdoors right here in our city. The City’s Parks & Natural Resources Department, through their Outdoor Engagement unit, will be offering multiple programs for individuals, families, and groups. This new program will be at the sledding hill at Bloomer Park where we will have a fire, roast marshmallows, have hot chocolate, enjoy some sledding and maybe even try out some snowshoeing. Also, don’t forget our other opportunities coming up in February, including Reptile Roundup. Registration is required for these programs and space is limited. To register for any of these or our other upcoming Outdoor Engagement Opportunities visit our website or call the Parks & Natural Resources Department 248-656-4673.




Join us for some frosty fun at the sledding hill in Bloomer Park. You will have an opportunity to try out snowshoeing and warm up around a crackling campfire while roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate. The sledding hill will be open so be sure to bring your sled! This program runs with or without snow. Snow related activities will be replaced with a guided nature walk.

Cost: $5/person (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)

When: Saturday, February 8th, 1-3:00pm         Registration closes February 6th.

Where: Meet at the Hilltop Shelter parking lot in the back of Bloomer Park

Special Interest/Scout Group Programming

To set up programs, hikes, etc. specific for Special Interest or Scout Groups please contact our Natural Resources Division directly at 248.656.4775 or by emailing


Check out our website for information on other programs coming up!

Event: Brown Bag Lunch

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn

Cost: Free


The Rochester –Avon Historical Society hosts several Brown Bag lunches on local history topics.  Admission is FREE!  You bring your lunch and the Historical Society provides dessert and coffee.  Programs held in the Museum Calf Barn from 12 -1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

Mothers, Daughters and Leaders of Rochester, Michigan

Hear the inspiring stories of outstanding women from Rochester, presented by Samantha Lawrence, Archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. 

Event: Founders Day

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020

Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn
Admission is Free, Refreshments provided

Registration – or 248-656-4663

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is honored to host the Rochester Historical Commission in recognition of Founder’s Day that celebrates the arrival of the James Graham Family in the Rochester area on March 17, 1817 founding the first permanent settlement in Oakland County.

The Detroit United Railway and its connection to Rochester

Enjoy a presentation by Ken Schram on one of the greatest mass transit systems in the country from 1899-1932 that connected all of southeastern Michigan together as well as Canada.  What happened to it?

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents:


Event: February Film Festival

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in February

Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn

Cost: Museum Members free; Non-Members $5


Join us on Friday evenings in February for our annual February Film Festival.  We look for unique and meaningful independent films to share with you. Refreshments provided.


February 7, 2020 - DOUBLE FEATURE

“25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln” (33 min)

Twenty-five history students from St. Mary’s University take a 2,000 mile bus trip from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas to Springfield, Illinois to build a Day of the Dead altar honoring Abraham Lincoln’s support of Mexico, and then to ask the Illinois State Military Museum to return General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg to Mexico. With humor, humility, and a few animated history lessons, these students, mostly Mexican Americans, raise questions of identity, national borders, museum ethics, and collective memory.

“Barn on the Move- A Grass Roots Rescue”  (32 minutes)

In 2004, the Oakland Township community worked together to save the historic 1879 Flumerfelt barn.  Every board was removed, numbered, moved, and then the barn was rebuilt at their Cranberry lake farm.  An inspirational movie about a local historic preservation success story!



February 14, 2020

“Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes” (52 min)

With a lively backdrop of superheroes, comic books, and animated comics, “Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes” brings together three talented artists—a Sikh, a woman, and an African American—who are challenging the racist stereotyping currently endemic in America through their work. The documentary provides the rare opportunity to explore the subjects of race, gender, and religion stereotyping through the universally popular medium of comic books and cartoons. Drawn Together boldly encourages viewers to unlearn stereotyping, look beyond the obvious, and confront media prejudices—all through an uncommon and inherently engaging everyday source.


February 21, 2020

“Rebels with a Cause: How a Battle over Land Changed the Landscape Forever” (57 min)

Rebels with a Cause is the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores- the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner. It’s a fascinating example of hard fought campaign to preserve something important to all of us- our public land. And it is a powerful tool to illustrate that the personal is political, and the local is global.

February 28, 2020

“Mackinac: Our Famous Island”

This is Mackinac Island. It is a place of beauty and charm. Of history and heroism. Of survival and rebirth. Get to know the amazing stories behind the hallmarks of a Mackinac Island visit. Travel along the shore and trails to take in its natural beauty. Visit the fort to take a deep dive into the stories of how civilization came to the island. Take a stroll down Main and Market Street to learn about how Mackinac has continued to thrive as a destination for people throughout the world. And, perhaps most importantly, get to know the people who still work to preserve this “gem of the Great Lakes. “There are many famous islands in the world, but for the Great Lakes region, this is our famous island.

Special appearance by filmmaker Oliver Thornton of Rochester, Michigan!

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