Upcoming Events

1818 Expedition into Oakland County
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
In 1818, a group of men traveled northwesterly from Detroit to confirm or dispel reports that Oakland County was a swampland, unworthy of settlement. Hear why this expedition took place; how they named our lakes; and what they reported. Presented by John Marshall, an 1818 Expedition Into Oakland County committee member. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Ohio/MI Border Dispute: A WBSD Finalist Project from MI History Day Open House
Sunday, April 14, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See what this dispute was all about in the award winning exhibit describing the conflict that almost caused a war. Student Jacquelyn Foreman lead the WBSD team to national finals for the 2018 MI History Day by the Historical Society of Michigan.

Lace Through the Ages
Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Mary Salmon shares her love of antique handmade lace with a presentation of Lace Through the Ages.  Mary is the Curator of THE LACE MUSEUM Detroit, located in Northville, which hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits of handmade antique lace and fashion. Mary recently returned from the Lace Congress in Bruges Belgium and will have on display various styles of 19th Century Belgian Lace, as well as Irish Crochet Lace and Italian Needlelace.  Available for purchase will be handmade lace sachets, Edwardian table linens, Victorian lace trims, buttons, beaded purses, cards, and smaller gifts with a lace motif. All proceeds benefit the Lace Museum. Mary is a member of the International Organization of Lace Inc., Kantcentrum Bruges Belgium, and Great Lakes Lace Group Inc. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library and WB Parks. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 21, 2-3 pm, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink and Herbalist Jen Green in discovering the hidden gems and healing herbs in the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Lace Museum and Mill Race Village trip with WB Parks
Tuesday, April 23, 9-3:15 pm, depart from West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
Join GWBHS and WB Parks for a trip to Northville to The Lace Museum and historic Mill Race Village. The Lace Museum features a visual feast of treasures – from a 19th-century Edwardian wedding gown made of Belgian lace to an orange Victorian walking dress. The curator, Mary Salmon, opened the museum to honor the unsung makers behind the intricate handcraft. The 1,000 square foot space curates collars, tablecloths and assorted American and European lace. An additional stop includes a docent-led walking tour of the historic Mill Race Village, not all buildings are handicapped accessible. Lunch is on your own at Tirami Su. See the WB Parks Winter 2019 Activities Guide for details and registration.

History of Summer Camps in West Bloomfield, 1910-1960s
Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm, West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room
Helen Jane Peters and John Hartwig share the histories of greater West Bloomfield area summer camps for children from the Detroit area. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Paper Doll Cut-outs Open House
Sunday, May 12, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Karen Pushie shares her 1920-2010s paper cut-outs collection. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Greater West Bloomfield MI Week Community Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 17, 7 am
Attend the breakfast highlighting community volunteerism. GWBHS supports the event as a Copper Sponsor.

Join the Memorial Day Parade(s)
Monday, May 27, 9-noon
Walk, bike or drive your vintage car in the Monday Memorial Day parades! To participate contact us at: contact@gwbhs.org or 248.757.2451.

National Trails Day Walk
Saturday, June 1, 8:30 – 11 am, Walnut Lake Road entrance of WB Trail
Celebrate National Trails Day by walking the West Bloomfield Trail’s scenic and historic rail-to-trail path. Step off the trail to the Orchard Lake Museum. Visit wbparks.org for more information. Sponsored with WBP. No charge.

Apple Island Docent Training
Wednesday, June 5, 7 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Would you like to lead a tour on Apple Island or guide a 2nd grade class through the Orchard Lake Museum? Come see what it’s all about. RSVP by Tuesday, June 5 to Gina 248.622.7570. No charge.

Apple Island National Register of Historic Places Celebration
Friday, June 7, 2019, 10 am
Join the festivities as we unveil the Apple Island plaque recognizing listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apple Island Tours
Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 10 am-3:30 pm
Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road

Self-paced guided tours of Apple Island. First come, first served. No reservations. 3:30 p.m. is last departure. $20 adult ticket donation, $10 child 5-12 years ticket donation (no kids under 5). $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members ticket donation. Bus transportation provided by West Bloomfield Parks.

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