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Merchandise is available at a variety of locations:

Merchandise is available at a variety of locations:
(1) 2nd Sunday Orchard Lake Museum Open House, 1-4 p.m., at Long Lake & Orchard Lake Roads
(2) City of Orchard Lake
(3) Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
(4) Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Schools
(5) Winterset Galleries, 2540 Orchard Lake Road
(6) West Bloomfield Town Hall
GWBHS member and Time Traveler discounts available at museum only

GWBHS member and Time Traveler discounts available at museum only

Edgar Rice Burroughs and the History of the Michigan Military Academy: Them Was the Days! by Brian Bohnett. In 1877, an idea formed in the mind of 33-year-old Army Major J. Sumner Rogers—an idea that became the Michigan Military Academy. This book covers the brief 30-year life of a school once deemed the “West Point of the West.” It also contains anecdotes and accounts from the cadets, faculty, and others who played a part in the school’s history, giving the reader a taste of what life was like at Orchard Lake’s 19th-century military institute. Softbound, 151 pages, with over 100 images. $10/8, available at 1, 3, 4.

Our History and Remembrance of Pleasant Lake, West Bloomfield, MI by Gina and Robert Gregory. The authors recount the Pleasant Lake area’s early history, local school history, wildlife, three subdivisions’ and commercial development, personal profiles (including that of artist William S. Fanning), curling, and other recreations. The 98-page softbound book features 153 images, and includes a 90-minute DVD with a l958 Lake Improvement Association home movie, a 1992 Pleasant Lake Highlands video tour, and more.
$12/10, available at 1.

Song of the Heron: Reflections on the History of West Bloomfield by Charles Martinez, is an award-winning, comprehensive history book of Greater West Bloomfield, MI. The carefully researched book begins with the Ice Age, chronicles development through the 1920s, and then ends with a chapter devoted to the tornado of 1976. An essential reference book! Hardbound with a beautiful dust jacket. 260 pages, 16 color plates. $15/12, available at 1, 2, 3, 5.

“Apple Island – the Marjorie Ward Strong Woodland Sanctuary.” Still the definitive ecological work of Apple Island, this 1972 study covers topography, soils, vegetation, flora and forests—complete with maps. Also included is a possible land-use plan with recommendations to West Bloomfield Schools, which was never fully implemented.
28-page booklet, $5/3, available at 1.

“Keep Your Eye on Keego Harbor.” This 1912 real-estate narrative recounts in 14 pages the developer’s work, plans, and hopes for the town of Keego Harbor. Included are 11 photographs and a Keego Harbor Subdivision map by J.E. Sawyer, proprietor.
6”x8.5” booklet, $5/3, available at 1, 5.

“The Story of Mary’s Little Lamb: as told by Mary and her Neighbors and Friends” recounts the history of the real Mary and her little lamb, of children’s song fame.
A reprint of the original book published by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford, 1928.
48-page booklet, $7/5, available at 1.

1872 West Bloomfield. Color indicates the 13 school districts students attended. Reproduced
as 11”x17”, this colored map reveals lots, buildings, and owners’ names of the time.
$10, available at 1, 6.

1917 & 1930 West Bloomfield. The maps reveal lots, buildings, and owners’ names of the
time. Reproduced on 18”x24” sheets, each map measures 13”x16”. $10/8, available at 1.

1950s West Bloomfield. The four-color map was hand-drawn in the 1950s by General
Frederick Strong, Jr., husband of Marjorie Ward Strong, the last private owner of Apple
Island. A surveyor by trade, General Strong was contracted by the Ward real estate group to
create a map identifying areas of Orchard Lake and West Bloomfield to show development
and areas to be left natural. 4’x4’, $10/8, available at 1.

Grand Trunk Railroad, Orchard Lake Station Map. This 1917 Michigan Air Line Railway,
operated by the Grand Trunk Ry. Co. of Canada, two-mile section map centers the Orchard
Lake Station (located on St. Mary’s campus) and includes the Detroit Urban Railroad light rail
system. Our gold-toned reproduction of the original hand-drawn map is 12”x24”. $55.

Eight Note Cards featuring sketches of four local landmarks: the Orchard Lake Community
Church, circa 1900; the inter-urban railcar; the David Ward home; and the “Castle” at the
Michigan Military Academy. Each set contains eight cards, two of each drawing (4.2”x5.5”).
$2/1, available at 1.

Post Cards. Choose from 18 historical photos. $0.30/25 each, 5 for $1.25/1, available at 1.
Reproduced aerial photograph of Orchard Lake & Apple Island. A lovely view of the
homes dotting the land in and around Orchard Lake, as seen from the air. Circa 1920s,
16”x20”, black and white. Additional sizes available. $60.

Reproduced “Orchard Lake Polka” Sheet Music. A local treasure! J. Henry Whittemore
composed this catchy piece in 1871, before becoming a student at the Michigan Military
Academy (MMA). Infusing local flavor into an internationally famous dance, Whittemore
dedicated his toe-tapping confection to the “stockholders and patrons of the Orchard Lake
Hotel”—which would become the MMA in 1877. Whittemore’s composition for piano is
reproduced in its original 11”x14” size on three sheets. For a preview, go to gwbhs.com.
$10, available at 1.

Reproduced photograph of Sylvan Lakefront & Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp, circa
1920s, 8”x 40”, sepia color. This unique panorama includes the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air
Camp, the bridge on Pontiac Drive with canal-dredging in progress, homes and cottages on
Lakeview Street.” Additional sizes available. $60, available at 5.

10 Michigan Military Academy Photographs. Located on the current Orchard Lake St.
Mary’s campus, this academy from 1878-1908 was known as “the West Point of the West”.
Images include 1882 and 1898 baseball team, 1895 graduating class, 1988 cadets, cadets with
guests, three images of cadets staged dueling, cadets in front of the Castle, Cadet Harry Dravo
Parkin, MMA cavalry, and Cyrus Carpenter Yawkey. Sepia tones, 8”x10” $30, 11”x14” $60,
Additional sizes available. available at 5.

1957 Aerial Photographs of each 1-mile section of greater West Bloomfield. Find out what
your area looked like over fifty years ago. Aerial views of the rolling topography and open
spaces of Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake, and Sylvan Lake and West Bloomfield have a unique
look. 11”x14”, sepia tones, Additional sizes available. $50.

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