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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.

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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A History of the Brooklands Fire Department
Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Admission is Free, but registration is requested to allow for proper room set up.
Location: Rochester Hills Fire Department Station 2-1251 E. Auburn Rd.

Historical Fire Truck

In the 1940s, the Brooklands Community in the southeast corner of Avon Township (Rochester Hills) suffered terrible house fires and loss of life. Responses from the Rochester and Utica Fire Departments were not fast enough and they were simply too far away. The residents banded together, raised money, bought firefighting equipment, and created the private Brooklands Fire Department from 1946-1955. Join Pete Zell and the Museum staff for an overview of this time period and the evolution of fire protection into the Rochester Hills Fire Department we know today.

Historical Fireman and Fire Truck

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Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 13th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Pumpkin Carving Activities
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Pumpkin Lighting
Cost: $5/Museum Member; $8/Non-Museum Members
Children under 2 are free
No Advance Registration Required

Pumpkin Festival

Activities during the day include John Forshee and the Barnyard Express, food, musical entertainment, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening to see all the pumpkins lighted up! The Museum is hoping to exceed its record of 1,011 pumpkins lighted at one time. In addition, an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations will be on display. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home.

Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and a financial donation in any amount is requested to support the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

The presenting sponsor for this event is Genisys Credit Union.

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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.

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Michele Dunham
Michele Dunham
Education &
Program Coordinator

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