‘Cabin Fever’ series aims to inform and entertain

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published February 20, 2018

 A Rochester Hills Museum “Herstory” lecture will examine the life of Fidelia Gillette March 15 at the museum. Gillette was a women’s rights editor and in 1874 was chosen to represent Rochester and Avon Township at the Michigan State Women’s Suffrage Association’s annual meeting in Lansing.

A Rochester Hills Museum “Herstory” lecture will examine the life of Fidelia Gillette March 15 at the museum. Gillette was a women’s rights editor and in 1874 was chosen to represent Rochester and Avon Township at the Michigan State Women’s Suffrage Association’s annual meeting in Lansing.

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Upcoming lectures on women’s history, living with coyotes, antique tools and much more will be offered this winter at the Rochester Hills Museum.

“It is for those of us who don’t go to Florida,” Museum Director Pat McKay said. “It is a chance to stretch our minds, tell some stories and have some entertainment.”

Each Thursday evening in March, the museum will deliver “Herstory,” celebrating Women’s History Month.

Caitlyn Dial, of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, will present “Not Just a Man’s War” March 8.

“It is about women that participated in the Civil War,” said Michele Dunham, museum program coordinator. “It is a fascinating topic.”

Subsequent topics of “Herstory” will include the tale of an editor of an advocacy newspaper, and a look back at women’s roles as homemakers and the tools they used.

“A Purse of Her Own” will deliver an economic illustration of national trends of the past. “Having money of her own was significant” for a woman in the past, Dunham said.

Friday night speakers in March will present a variety of topics. “Living with Coyotes” will help residents learn more about the wild animals, and a model boat builder will talk about and display his award-winning creations.

Collector Jim Cassell will speak about unusual and obsolete antique tools, and he said he will be happy to examine any tool to help identify it.

A program presented by the Michigan Opera Theatre will highlight the stories and achievements of African-American artists and athletes in anticipation of the upcoming MOT opera “The Summer King,” which centers on a Negro Leagues baseball superstar.

Local physician Dr. Adam Hull will present “The Influenza of 1918,” a pandemic that killed over one-fifth of the world’s population.

“John and Horace Dodge both died of the flu,” McKay said of the builders of the Dodge Brothers Co. automobile company and Meadow Brook Hall. “Matilda (John’s wife) couldn’t go to the funerals because she had the flu.”

McKay said many local speakers have been drafted to participate in the museum lecture series.  

“This is a town that is blessed with phenomenal speakers who are knowledgeable and willing to share their time,” McKay said.

For a full schedule of Thursday night “Herstory” and Friday night “Cabin Fever” lectures, visit www.rochesterhills.org/museum or call (248) 656-4663. Program tickets cost $5, with discounts to museum members.