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A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal
Saturday, April 20
9:00am - 4:00pm
$12 - Museum Members | $18 - Public
Admission includes a boxed lunch.

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather!
Registration required by 12:00 pm on April 17.

Michigan’s first internal improvement in 1837 was a

Photo of Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal
proposed canal that was
supposed to run through the Rochester community! Join us for a tour of the remains of the Clinton –Kalamazoo canal – our answer to the Erie Canal. As you retrace its route from Mt. Clemens to Rochester, you will be able to walk along parts of the canal, where some portions still contain water, 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.

Carpooling starts and ends at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills. 

Guests can also join the tour at 10:00 a.m. at the Clinton Township Hall in the Historic Village at Romeo Plank and Canal Road, just south of the Clinton-Macomb Library.

Broomfield Memorial Service
Sunday, April 28 4:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Free to the Public (Please RSVP;  or 248.656.4663

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van 
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Hoosen Farm will be hosting a Memorial
Service for retired U.S. Congressman William S. Broomfield on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Guests are requested to RSVP to the Museum to assist with planning for seating and parking.

Retired, 18 term U.S. Congressman, William S. Broomfield of Kensington, Maryland and formerly of Birmingham, Michigan passed on February 20, 2019.  He was born April 28, 1922 and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. After serving in the Army Air Corp during WW2, he returned home to begin his career, first as a real estate developer and then in public service.

He won his first election at age 26 for the Michigan State Legislature by 80 votes.  He ran for two more terms and was elected Speaker Pro Tem before his election to the Michigan State Senate in 1954. He left Lansing to run for U.S. Congress in 1956 representing Oakland County and continued to represent this district until his retirement in January 1993.

Known for his exemplary constituent service and optimistic personality, Broomfield was considered untouchable, oftentimes winning elections with over 70% of the vote.  He demonstrated an ethical integrity that was beyond reproach.  During his 36-year career, 32 were spent serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, 18 as Ranking Minority Member.

From this committee he was able to be intimately involved in our nation’s foreign policy from the Cold War to the taking down of the Berlin Wall.  Like many of the greatest generation, he was a fiscal conservative and believed in the principle that democracy equaled freedom. He was unwavering in his support of Israel, South Korea, and Greece. Despite his focus on world affairs he felt his most important career vote was for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

He brought extensive knowledge to many international and parliamentary conferences as well as Presidential commissions.  President Johnson appointed him to the UN General Assembly in 1967, he was a delegate to SALT, NATO, UNESCO, and was a member of the joint House-Senate Committee on Iran-Contra.  In 1974 he travelled to China as part of a delegation to meet with Chinese officials after diplomatic relations had been restored.

During his years as Ranking Minority Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he was responsible for shepherding the legislative agenda of the Reagan and Bush Administrations on matters concerning El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Middle East and the Soviet Union.   After the bugging of the US Embassy in Moscow he called for the enhanced Embassy construction security at our diplomatic facilities around the world.  He sponsored legislation that created the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and the Foreign Airport Security Act.  His reputation as a consensus builder was respected on both sides of the aisle and he received numerous awards for foreign policy achievements.

He was also recognized for his work on the House Small Business Committee where he appreciated the challenges facing entrepreneurs and worked to create an environment for businesses to prosper.

Since retiring he established a foundation with his excess campaign funds to give back to Michigan non-profits.  In 2001 he was honored when the Royal Oak Post Office was renamed for him, by an act of the U.S. Congress.

Memberships included the Capitol Hill Club, President 1970-74, along with several service organizations.

He was proud to be awarded the 33° of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Although his work took him around the globe, he was happiest at home with his family.  He leaves 2 devoted daughters, Nancy (Casey) Aiken; Barbara (Stephen) Shaffer and 4 grandchildren; Case (Carter) Aiken; Christina Aiken; Stephen (Christa) Shaffer; Lindsay (Andrew) Sheckells. He was married to his wife Jane for 62 years until her passing. He was the son of the late Dr. S.C. and Fern Broomfield of Royal Oak, MI.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Broomfield Leadership Center at the Rochester Hills Museum would be appreciated, c/o Rochester Hills Museum, 1005 Van Hoosen Road Rochester Hills, Michigan 48306.

RSVP accepted at or 248.656.4663.  The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads.

St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow

Thursday, May 2 7:00 p.m. 
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm  
$5 - Public  
Free - Museum Members (register using this form)

Photo of Sturgeon
The Lake Sturgeon is native to the Great Lakes and considered Michigan’s largest and longest living, fresh water fish.  The maximum age reported is 154 years and the largest ever verified was captured in Lake Michigan 1943. It was 8 feet long and weighed 310 pounds.

Representatives from St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow will discuss the biology, history and conservation efforts surrounding Michigan’s largest fish.
Attendees will have a chance to see Lake Sturgeon and learn about opportunities to become involved in sturgeon conservation.

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Brown Bag Lunch
Lost Villages of Oakland County
Date: Tuesday, May 7             
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Free (register using this form)


Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch and join Debbie Remer in the Calf Barn for an investigation of local communities that no longer exist such as Rudd’s Mill, Hersey, Stoney Creek, and more.

Historic Preservation Month Celebration
Date: Thursday, May 9
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Free (register using this form)

Re-Imagining a National Historic Landmark presented by Mark J.
 Heppner, President & CEO, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

Mark Heppner has been responsible for coordinating the multi-year, complete and intricate restoration of Fair Lane - Home of Clara & Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.  Learn the history of this National Historic Landmark, how it has been used as a public building in the past, and how its future is being reimagined.  Mark brings 26 years of experience in managing and restoring museums and historic sites.  Before joining the Ford House and Fair Lane teams, Heppner was executive director of Salisbury House & Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa for three years and, before that, he was a vice president of the museum services division at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio, for 17 years.

Museum New Exhibits –

Date: Friday May 10               
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Free (register using this form)

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Enjoy a brief program on the 40-year history of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in the Calf Barn then walk next door to the Dairy Barn to see our new permanent exhibits – Pioneer Family-On Van Hoosen Farm - and enjoy delicious refreshments.

40th Anniversary Celebration

The Rochester Hills Museum and Broomfield Center for
Leadership present

An Evening with Tom Wilson and Tony Michaels

Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

VIP$75 - Includes drinks and appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Individual$40 - Program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes dessert following the program.
Couple: $60 - Program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes dessert following the program.
*Physical tickets not issued - check in at the door*

broomfield Leadership event speaker images.JPGTom Wilson serves as CEO and President of Olympia Entertainment. During his most impressive career, Tom has served as CEO and President of Palace Sports as well as being in charge of the operations of the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Shock and Tampa Bay Lightning, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival.  Mr. Wilson served as CEO and President of both the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company.  In addition, Mr. Wilson serves on the Beaumont Hospital Board of Trustees and Detroit Board of Directors of Boy’s Hope and CATCH (Caring Athletes Team for Children’s & Henry Ford Hospitals).  He began his career working for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and The Forum.  Mr. Wilson holds a BA in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Tony Michaels is President and CEO of the Parade Company, creators and producers of our acclaimed Thanksgiving Parade.  Tony also serves on many boards in our region including the Detroit Economic Club, the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, and the Marketing Committee of the Detroit Zoo.  Furthermore, he is the Executive Director of the Woodward Dream Cruise and is the Brand Advisor to Gretchen Valade’s Detroit Jazz Festival.  Tony’s community involvement also includes the Boy Scouts, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and the Executive Committee of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation. Tony is involved with Ford Motor Company and Gleaners in a campaign to help feed the hungry.  Tony is a 1981 graduate of Central Michigan University, with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  He and his wife, Clarice, reside in Rochester Hills and have three grown children.

Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball
Saturday, May 25:       Grangers vs. Bay City
Sunday, June 9:          Grangers vs. Frankenmuth
Sunday, July 14:         Grangers vs. Spiegel Grove
Saturday, August 3:     Grangers vs. Canton
Sunday, August 18:     Grangers vs. Northville
Sunday, September 8: Grangers vs Walker Wheel Tavern 

Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Free
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The Rochester community has had a town base ball club as early as 1873 – in that year, the Grangers beat the Mechanics 25-15.  Entering their 21st season the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club invites you to attend an upcoming home match.  Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy a hot dog after the match.

Michele Dunham
Michele Dunham
Education &
Program Coordinator

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