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Grangers Vintage Base Ball
Date: Sunday, August 19th 1:00 vs. Northville Eclipse

Location for home games is the Rochester Hills Van Hoosen Museum.

Granger base ball players posing in front of an old car

The Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club is a recreated club that existed in our community in the 1870's - playing base ball as gentlemen, according to the rules of 1870. Matches are free and all guests are invited to remain after the game to take a swing, run the bases and enjoy a hot dog. Bring your own blanket or chair. All home games begin at 1:00 pm. For a full schedule, including away matches, please visit the Grangers website

Museum Day at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Date: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free admission with ticket from the Smithsonian website.

Sarah Van Hoosen and a cow

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is proud to participate in Smithsonian Magazine's 14th Annual Museum Day. Museum Day is a national initiative to promote boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge by offering visitors free admission to participating museums across the United States. Admission will include self-guided tours of the Rochester Bicentennial exhibit in the 1927 Dairy Barn as well as guided tours of the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse and the 1850 Red Tenant House. The Museum's Archivist will also be on site to answer local history questions and give an exclusive look at the Museum's archives and collections.

Smart Towns
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 2018 is "Agents of Change." What events, inventions and people have been agents of change in history? The presentations are thought-provoking and very interesting!

William Austin Burt - Agent of Change presented by Pat McKay
Date: Tuesday, September 11th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Museum Members Free; Non-Museum Members $5/person
Members Register Here
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2018 Scarecrows in the City
Date: Scarecrow Building Workshop - Wednesday, October 3rd
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $50 for businesses; $40 for schools, scouts and other non-profit organizations!

Responses must be in by October 1st.

Scarecrows in the City allows you and your business or local organization to be part of this major community event!


Your whimsical scarecrow will be on display at the Museum during the Pumpkin Festival and then it will be moved downtown Rochester through October 31, giving you exposure to thousands of people! This entertaining exhibit allows you to design, build and display a scarecrow showcasing your business or organization.

The Rochester Hills Museum will provide: the wooden frame, straw, signage, and all of the moving logistics. You provide: the clothing (please do not use items that you will want back), accessories (including a head for your scarecrow), man-power, and imagination! 

Scarecrows in the City
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Tour of the Clinton - Kalamazoo Canal
Date: Saturday, October 27th
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Museum Members: $12/includes boxed lunch
Non-Museum Members: $18/includes boxed lunch
(Sandwich choices: 1. Med Veg, 2. Turkey & Cheddar, 3. Ham & Swiss)
**Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 24th**

Have you ever wondered why Macomb County has a road named "Canal" running through its middle? Join us for a tour of Michigan's first internal public works project - 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. Come and celebrate the bicentennial of Macomb County!

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather!

Carpooling Starts and Ends:
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

For those who prefer, meet at 10:00 am at the Township Hall in the Historic Village at Romeo Plank and Canal Road, just south of the Clinton-Macomb Library.

Canal Tour

Michele Dunham
Michele Dunham
Education &
Program Coordinator

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