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Women's History Lecture Series

Thursdays in March at 7:00 pm
Rochester Hills Museum Calf Barn
Pre-registration is required
Admission: Members free (register using this form)
Non-Museum Member Admission $5.00 via PayPal

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Photo of Van Hoosen HallBuildings of MSU and the Women they Honor
March 21st at 7:00 pm
Presented by Megan Badgley-Malone

Many buildings at Michigan State University bear the name of women, but seldom are the stories of these women heard. Megan Badgley-Malone will share these stories including that of Van Hoosen Hall.

Photo of Bessie ColemanWomen Who Changed America by Marie Papciak
March 28th at 7:00 pm

Marie Papciak transforms into two women who changed America and tells their stories in first person. Join us for this HERstory presentation to “meet” Bessie Coleman and Laura Smith Haviland. Bessie Coleman was the first woman pilot of African-American descent and the first of Native American descent. Her pioneering was an inspiration to early pilots and to those in the communities of her heritage.
Photo of Laura Smith Haviland

Laura Smith Haviland was an abolitionist, suffragette and temperance worker who lived in Lenawee County in the Michigan Territory. She was part of the community group that organized the first anti-slavery organization in Michigan in 1832. She also opened the first racially integrated school in Michigan. Her home was the first Underground Railroad station in Michigan.



Cabin Fever Lecture Series
Fridays in March at 7:00 pm
Rochester Hills Museum Calf Barn
Pre-registration is required
Admission: Members free (register using this form)
Non-Museum Member Admission $5.00 via PayPal

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Photo of Jim CassellMichigan Copper Mining: Black Powder Era
March 22nd at 7:00 pm
Presented by Jim Cassell

Collector of History, Jim Cassell, returns to share a his amazing collection of tools used during the 19th and early 20th centuries to mine copper in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Copper mining was first done by Native Americans in the Keweenaw Peninsula between 5000 and 1200 BCE. Shortly after Michigan’s statehood, mining companies were established and boomed from 1850 through 1881 producing 3/4 of the nation’s copper. Jim will amaze you with his collection and knowledge!



Photo of Ron RademacherNature Getaways
March 29th at 7:00 pm
Presented by Ron Rademacher

Author, adventurer, and storyteller, Ron Rademacher, will inspire you to explore the back roads of Michigan with this program that takes you on some of the most overlooked nature areas in our state. Each of these beautiful natural areas has easily accessible trails, usually less than a mile long, and you do not need to be a mountain climber to enjoy them! He shares all of the local attractions near each area and plans great trips for your enjoyment.



Smart Towns Program
Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program led by educational, non-profit organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for one year. The 2019 theme is Enigma of Genius.  For more information on Smart Towns visit smarttowns.rhpl.org.

Pre-registration is required
Admission: Members free (register using this form

Admission


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Martha Ballard – Colonial Midwife
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 7:00 p.m
Presented by Dr. Cynthia Gabriel, University of Michigan

Martha Ballard lived and died before
Photo of Martha Ballard's Diary
Florence Nightingale and, if not for her
diary of 10,000 entries spanning 27 years, her story would be lost. Unusual for the time, Martha could read and write and recorded daily life in Hollowell, Maine along the Kennebec River.What makes Martha Ballard worthy of the “Enigma of Genius” theme is her remarkable work as a mid-wife during the years following the Revolutionary War. She attended more than 800 births in an era of very high infant and maternal mortality. Through her detailed records, we know that she lost only five mothers and 20 babies. She described in great detail the herbal medicines she used as well as her medical techniques. Her biography, A Midwife’s Tale, based on her diaries and written by Laura Ulrich, won a Pulitzer Prize. The book was later adapted for a PBS docudrama. Cynthia Gabriel of the University of Michigan will share the story of this remarkable woman who was a genius in her field.


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

April 20 Canal Tour


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




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