Events

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 Commerce 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@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871 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.

Historic Inn at 97 Winder Tour & Tea
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:15 – 3:30 pm, Recreation Activities Center, 4640 Walnut Lake Road
Board the bus for a trip back in time to the Brush Park mansion, once home to John Harvey (an affluent pharmacist) and his wife Jessie (daughter of Caroline Linn and Colin Campbell, who once owned Orchard Lake’s Apple Island). This 11,000-square-foot residence was built for the Harveys in 1887 and retains many of the original details and finishes. Today it is a luxury boutique hotel. Join historian and descendant Catherine Cangany, PhD for a guided house tour and complimentary tea in the front parlor. Inn has stairs and is not accessible. See the WB Parks Summer Guide for details and registration or click here to register online.

Vintage Cars Open House
Sunday, August 11, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Interested in seeing and learning about vintage cars? View an exhibit about early auto entrepreneur Walter Flanders, who summered in West Bloomfield. All are welcome to bring vintage cars for a showcase in the parking lot. Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7 pm, West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, author Maureen Thalmann tells the extraordinary life story of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. Bertha’s life story includes many firsts, international recognition, an abiding love of family and a commitment to advance and improve the lives of women. Maureen’s book will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2-3 pm, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore seasonal autumn beauty. Sponsored with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Dr. Harold A. Furlong: Humanitarian and MI’s only official WWI Medal of Honor Recipient
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2 pm, West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room
Dr. Harold A. Furlong was Michigan’s only official World War I Medal of Honor recipient. After World War I Harold Furlong became a prominent Pontiac doctor and a promoter of the arts. He and his wife, Frances, established the Pontiac Creative Arts Center in the old Pontiac Library building. Dr. Furlong was a great humanitarian who put service above self as his gift to mankind through military service, medicine, and the arts. Historian Larry Hathcock will tell the life story of Dr. Harold A. Furlong. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

45th Anniversary Open House
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy hands-on activities outdoors and refreshments at the Orchard Lake Museum. $2 per person, Free for GWBHS and Time Travelers members. Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture.

WWII Whitfield School Letters Open House
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See and learn the story of Sylvan Lake WWII correspondences with Whitfield School principal Mr. Glenn Husted and his former students. Other military memorabilia exhibited. We encourage you to come share your military history! Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

Sinterklaas is Jarig! Belgian & Dutch Holiday Traditions Open House
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Sinterklaas is Jarig! Who was St. Nicholas? Why does he visit Belgian and Dutch children on Dec. 6 and his helper is not an elf? When did this tradition come to the U.S.? Learn about the history and traditions of St. Nick, cookie boards, wooden shoes, and music. Temporary and permanent exhibits that interpret local area history and culture will also be available. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Past Events


Monthly Open Houses
Second Sundays, 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Occasionally guest presenters share their interests. No charge.