Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents April, 2022 Events:

Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Rochester–Avon Historical Society hosts several Brown Bag lunches on local history topics. Admission is FREE! Registration required. You bring your lunch and the Historical Society will feed your brain with an hour of local history. All programs held in the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s Calf Barn from 12-1pm

Event: Brown Bag Lunch: Exploring the Origins of the Bill of Rights

Date: Tuesday, April 5

Time: 12pm to 1pm

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

Cost: Free


This program traces the development of America’s basic statement of human rights enacted by the First Congress on December 15, 1791. These fundamental principles which form the foundation of American jurisprudence will be explored. Without the Bill of Rights, there would not have been the United States of America.

SMART Towns Programs

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 the year. The 2022 theme is Revolution, Reaction, and Reform. For a full schedule visit

Event: SMART Towns Program: Tuberculosis –Its History and the Role Played by Parke-Davis in Rochester in its Detection

Presenter: Don Calihan

Date: Saturday, April 9

Time: 11am – 12pm

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

Cost: Free for Museum Members; $8 Adults; $5 Seniors


Since the beginning of time, tuberculosis has been a scourge on mankind reaching epidemic proportions in the 18th and 19th centuries. Effective treatments were not available and in the early 20th century, detection and isolation became the methods to control its spread. Parke-Davis – Rochester played an important part in its detection. This presentation will present a history of tuberculosis, the sanitariums set up for isolation and treatment, the Parke-Davis products used for its detection and the medications that eventually succeeded in treating it.

Don Callihan is a Parke-Davis retiree. Prior to his retirement, he was Director of Engineering at the Parke-Davis facility in Rochester, Michigan.

Event: Open House: One Room School House

Date: Saturday, April 9

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Location: Stoney Creek School House, 1051 Washington Rd

Cost: Free for Museum Members; $5 Adults; $3 Seniors & Students

Register: No registration required - Admission price includes access to museum exhibits

Practice your alphabet on a slate board, hop on some stilts, play quoits, master the ball and cup, or sift through old maps and artifacts. Visit the modern portion to look at old photographs, travel through time using our iPad exhibits, and look at old artifacts.

Event: Tea in the Farmhouse: A Trip to See the Queen

Date: Tuesday, April 12

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Van Hoosen Farmhouse

Cost: $20/Non-Member; $15/Museum Member - Register by Monday, 5pm


We’re opening the doors of the farmhouse to host an afternoon, or low tea hour. Each session will explore a new aspect of family history and world travels. Guests get the chance to interact with artifacts and documents normally stored safely away in the collections room, while enjoying the ambiance of the 1840s Van Hoosen farmhouse. This unique opportunity is limited to 12 people. Tea and light snack will be served.

Trace the footsteps of two best friends, the last generation of family to live in the Van Hoosen farmhouse as they travel their way through Europe in the 1950s.

Event: Bloomer Park – A Walk and Talk

Date: Saturday, April 16

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Bloomer Park, 345 John R Road

Cost: $15/Non-Member; $10/Museum Member


Bloomer Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and this stroll through the park recognizes its namesake – Howard Bloomer, as well as the flora and fauna, various buildings, canal, ski jump, and railroad that are all part of its fascinating history. Meet at the stone picnic shelter and wear sturdy shoes. Portions of the hike will hike down and up over 60 steps. A historical tour that takes your breath away!

Event: Earth Day Movie Celebration – Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World

Date: Wednesday, April 20

Time: 7 – 8:30pm

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

Cost: Free for Museum Members; Public $8 Adults, $5 Senior/Student


INHABITANTS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON RESTORING OUR WORLD follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain these processes. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities across the US are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. The five stories include sustaining traditions of Hopi dryland farming in Arizona; restoring buffalo to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana; maintaining sustainable forestry on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin; reviving native food forests in Hawaii; and returning prescribed fire to the landscape by the Karuk Tribe of California. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world. (Length: 76 minutes)

The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in partnership with the Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal Society present:
A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

Event: A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

Date: Saturday, April 23

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Meet at Clinton Township Hall in the Historic Village, 40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038

Cost: : $15 Museum Members; $20 Public

Register: - Pay CASH the Day of the Event

Michigan’s first internal improvement project dates back to 1837 - a proposed canal that ran from Lake St. Clair to Lake Michigan, straight through the Rochester community!

Retrace its route from Mt. Clemens to Rochester, 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. Bring a bag lunch. Participants drive themselves to multiple locations throughout the tour.

Meet at Clinton Township Hall in the Historic Village, 40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038.

Presented by the Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal Society in partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

About Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the stories, people, and events that has made our community an exceptional place to call home for 200 years. We can host weddings, anniversaries, graduation parties, and more!


Phone: 248.656.4663


Mar 21, 2022, Updated Mar 30, 2022 Rochester.Life Staff

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