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February Film Festival

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in February

Location: The 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.

Museum Members Register Here.
Tickets by Date - See film description below
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!
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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.
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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!
Brown Bag Lunches


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.
Mothers, Daughters and Leaders of Rochester, Michigan

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 

Registration: Click Here

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

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Founders Day

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020

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

Cost: Admission is Free, Refreshments provided

Registration: Click Here •  • 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 Schramm 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?

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Cabin Fever Lecture Series

On Friday evenings in March, we provide a variety of programs that will educate your mind and warm your heart.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in March

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

Cost: Museum Members free; Non-Members $5

Register: Museum Members click Here  Non-Members purchase tickets below

Tickets by Date

Friday, March 6, 2020

The 19th Century Evolution of Football: From Town Football to Rugby, Soccer and American Football by Jim Craft, Local Historian

For many centuries people in societies all around the globe engaged in activities that might be considered the forerunners of the various football games popular today. Join local historian Jim Craft to learn about the evolution of these international sports.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

The Long War: America’s Struggle for Equal Voting Rights by Bruce Zellers, Oakland University in collaboration with Rochester-Avon Historical Society

In this presentation, Oakland University Professor Bruce Zellers will explore the arduous battles fought in the war for equal voting rights. Travel through history, from Abigail Adams’s revolutionary era request to legislators to “remember the ladies,” to joining forces with abolitionists, to finally achieving victory with the help of WWI. Alas, the hope for “moral politics” and many social/cultural changes still remains to be achieved. This presentation is made possible through collaboration with the Rochester Avon Historical Society.
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Modern Interpretation of Native Americans by Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Join Eric Hemenway of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians to learn about the forced relocation of natives and its repercussions. In the 1800s, Indian removal was federal policy that displaced tens of thousands of natives from their ancestral homelands. The most infamous of these removals was the Cherokee trail of tears but Michigan has its own history of removing its native populations. This talk will look at the history of forced relocation of tribes in Michigan and the repercussions removal policies had on tribes.

Cathy Fitzpatrick
Cathy Fitzpatrick
Museum Program Coordinator

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