Upcoming Events

World War II Letters Open House
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
In 1942, Mr. Glenn Husted, Whitfield School Principal, began writing to his former students who were serving in World War II around the world. As the servicemen and women wrote back to him, he shared their stories. He saved each letter. All but eight of the original letters were returned to the families. The Open House features these letters and their stories. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Nutcrackers Open House
Sunday, December 10, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See a selection of nutcracker-themed music boxes and snowglobes. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Local History of Curling Open House
Sunday, January 14, 2018 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Did you know that the first U.S. location of the Winter sport of curling was started by the Scottish settlers on Orchard Lake in 1830? Learn about the local history of curling. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & Pontiac Asylum Presentation
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10 am-noon, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting. Bruce Annett presents Pontiac Asylum, discussing how in 1878 one of the nation’s foremost hospitals served patients with mental illness, most recently known as the Clinton Valley Center; was a city within a city, imbued with the optimism and exuberance of an America celebrating its centennial. It is the story of how enterprise, stewardship, and innovation created 19th century Oakland County’s first non-agricultural “economic engine.” $15 brunch ticket donation. Reservations by January 24 at gwbhs.org, rsvp@gwbhs.org, or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.

Vintage Valentines Open House
Sunday, February 11, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Valentine cards reflect the times, through popular themes, poetry, humor, art and cultural values. Come and see a collection of 1930’s Valentines and experience nearly 100-year-old love stories.  Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Tuskegee Airmen: Flying for Freedom
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Macon-Thomas-West Bloomfield Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.’s President, Maj. William (Bill) Burnett, (Ret), will discuss the personal stories and fading memories of some of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen – African American pilots, mechanics, and servicemen who served valiantly in World War II – only to return home to a beloved country that yet refused to treat them as equals. Clips from “Flying For Freedom: Untold Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen” will be shown.Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10 am, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Are you looking for flexible, interesting volunteer opportunities? Come learn our needs — from one-time to long-term commitments. No charge.

West Bloomfield Tornado Open House
Sunday, March 11, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the F4 tornado that damaged dozens of West Bloomfield homes and businesses on March 20, 1976. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

From Hastings to Home: An Introduction to Detroit’s Early Jewish History
Sunday, March 25, 2018 2 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
The presentation begins in the 1760s with the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in Detroit and follows the movement of the community, up to the 1950s.  Using slides and film, the narration includes explorations of the obstacles and opportunities the Jewish community faced and mounted, why they came to the area and where they settled. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

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