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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**

Sign showing the canal

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

Veteran's Day Program - Invading Russia: The Polar Bear Expedition
Date: Thursday, November 8th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free for Museum Members and Veterans; $5/Non-Museum Member
Registration is required
Light refreshments provided

Historical soldiers standing in front of flag

When Godfrey Anderson was drafted for duty in the United States Army during World War I, he had no idea he would also become part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle with Bolshevik revolutionaries in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Arriving in England after a brief "boot camp" training period, Anderson became one of the 5,000-man American contingent assigned to join British troops in an expedition to prevent Allied materials in Archangel, Russia from falling into the hands of the Bolsheviks. This fighting group - known as The Polar Bears - were mostly from southeast Michigan.

The Museum is excited to welcome Gordon Olson, author of A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks, who will share the story of the 5,000-troop contingent that hailed from Michigan.

Members and Veterans Register Here

The Good Roads Movement in Michigan, 1888-1926: How the Safety Bicycle and the Model T got Farmers out of the Mud 
Date: Tuesday, November 13th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free/Museum Members; $5/Non-Museum Members
Light refreshments

Historical Car

The Model T is considered Michigan's most significant contribution bringing change to the world. The Model T revolutionized travel in the United States and was constructed to make car ownership affordable to average American workers. Ford built more than 15 million of the vehicles and they could reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour.

But what about the roads that they traveled?

Join historian and author Jim Craft, as he presents the history of road building and maintenance in Michigan.

Smart Towns logo

Members Register Here

Exhibits at the Rochester Hills Museum:

All Aboard! Model Railroad Exhibit - presented by the Stoney Creek Railroad Club
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 23, 24, 25
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29

Model Train

The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and cannot wait to share it with the public. The Calf Barn will be filled with modules that have been painstakingly built in scale and show locations near and far. A scavenger hunt through the exhibit adds to the fun! This wonderfully detailed exhibit, All Aboard!, is a perfect family outing during the holiday season.

Model town

Historic Buildings of Rochester Exhibit - presented by the Art Quilt Guild Oakland
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29

Hanging quilts

Historic buildings on Rochester's Main Street have been reproduced in quilt form to create this wonderfully detailed exhibit. The quilter-artists use many techniques including traditional quilting, applique and photo transfer. Take a walk down Main Street during the holiday season!

Downtown Rochester

A Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
When: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $5/Museum Members; $8/Non-members
Purchase tickets on Friday or Saturday at the Museum: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Limited tickets sold per hour and advance registration is required.
Ticket sales begin on November 5th.

Santa and girl

Santa and Mrs. Claus have, once again, set aside this day to visit the children of our community at the Rochester Hills Museum. Santa loves the cookies baked in the 95-year-old electric stove in the Farmhouse! Guests will be transported from the Dairy Barn to the Farmhouse in a farm wagon with toasty, warm blankets. After visiting with Santa and sharing that Christmas list, guests enjoy Santa's favorite cookies and apple juice. Remember to bring your camera!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Rochester Hills Public Library - Holiday Home Tour
When: Sunday, December 9th
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advance tickets can be purchased through the Rochester Hills Public Library

Christmas wreath

The Holiday Boutique, part of the Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Rochester Hills Public Library, will be in the Dairy Barn at the Museum. Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour include free admission to the All Aboard! Model Railroad Exhibit and the Historic Buildings of Rochester Quilt Exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum.
Old-Fashioned Christmas
When: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: $5/Museum Members; $8/Non-members; $10 at the door

Old Fashioned Christmas
Join us for old-fashioned holiday fun! Check in at the 1927 Dairy Barn. While in the Dairy Barn, don't miss the special quilt exhibit featuring historic buildings of Rochester created by the Art Quilt Guild Oakland. Guests can then visit the All Aboard! Model Train display that will fill the Calf Barn. Farm wagons transport guests to all Museum buildings for musical entertainment, crafts, snacks, theatre groups, and even chestnuts roasting over an open fire!

Michele Dunham
Michele Dunham
Education &
Program Coordinator

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