Upcoming Events

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 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, 2019, 9-3:15 pm, depart from West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
Join GWBHS and WB Parks for a trip to The Lace Museum and historic Mill Race Village, in Northville. 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. Please note: all buildings are handicapped accessible. Lunch is included at Tirami Su. See the WB Parks Winter 2019 Activities Guide or this link for details and registration.

History of Summer Camps in West Bloomfield, 1910-1960s
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7 pm, West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room
Learn about the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp on Sylvan Lake, GFS Holiday House on Pine Lake, the Protestant Children’s Home Camp Tinega which served Detroit children. Historians Helen Jane Peters and John and Patricia Hartwig share their camp involvement stories. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Paper Doll Cut-outs Open House
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Karen Pushie and Brian Pushie share their Mother’s extensive 1920-2010s paper cut-out doll collection.Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

Greater West Bloomfield MI Week Community Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 17, 2019, 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, 2019, 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, 2019, 8:30 – 11 am, 7601 Walnut Lake Road
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. Walkers meet at Walnut Creek Middle School to sign in and receive their free t-shirt. Visit wbparks.org for more information.
Sponsored with WB Parks. No charge.

Apple Island Docent Training
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 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
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, 5171 Orchard Lake Road

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society and the West Bloomfield School District invite you to join our community in celebrating the history of Apple Island and its recent listing in the National Register of Historic Places! An RSVP to rsvp@gwhbs.org or 248.518.0817 is appreciated but not required.

Apple Island Tours
Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10 am-3:30 pm (with a bus driver break from 12:30 – 1 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. More information here.

Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6-8 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Members, supporters, & volunteers are invited for refreshments to this GWBHS appreciation reception. Complimentary drawing ticket included for choice of multiple prizes. RSVP by July 9 to rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871.

Sleeping Beauty Spinning Wheel Open House
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Would pricking a finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel really cause Sleeping Beauty to fall into a deep sleep? See a Great Wheel demonstration and learn the history behind the fairy tale and spinning wheels. Read Sleeping Beauty books and see parts of the film. Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

Orchard Lake Fine Arts Show
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10-6, and Sunday July 28, 2019, 10-5, Daley Road
Visit the show and stop by the GWBHS table sponsored by West Bloomfield Township. Society merchandise is available for purchase.

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