Events

At this time, all upcoming events are virtual events. Please check this page for the latest information.

Virtual Open House: Traditional Ice Harvesting
Sunday, January 10, 2021, 1 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81979104800 Meeting ID: 819 7910 4800

Virtually we’ll highlight traditional local ice harvesting and view video of traditional horse drawn ice harvesting.

Virtual Annual Meeting & Vernors Presentation
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 10 am
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88279264312 Meeting ID: 882 7926 4312

Join us virtually for a brief annual meeting with a Vernors presentation by collector Tim Pawl.

Virtual Open House: Valentine Connections
Sunday, February 14, 2021, 1 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84939846983 Meeting ID: 849 3984 6983

Do you have a special Valentine personal story to share? Virtually we hope to highlight them.. Send your stories by email or video link by 2.11.20 to cory@gwbhs.org.  We’ll also see and consider 1930s children’s Valentine’s day cards through today’s perspectives.

Virtual Tour: Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 10 am
Registration now until February 22, 10 am at  https://4eyes.io/s/0fyfB/

Virtually tour the Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Ferris State University with a 90 minute pre-recorded video with 30 minutes Q & A. The Museum displays a wide variety of everyday artifacts depicting the history of racist portrayals of African Americans in American popular culture. The mission of the Jim Crow Museum is to use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

Virtual Open House: 1976 West Bloomfield Tornado
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 1 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81747168819 Meeting ID: 849 3984 6983
Virtually share your memories of the F4 tornado that moved through West Bloomfield in March 1976. The tornado was responsible for one death, 55 injuries, and over $5 million in damage. This is both the strongest and costliest tornado to ever hit Oakland County. Hear personal accounts, see newspaper photos and video accounts.

Virtual Presentation: Then & Now – Our Four Communities
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7 pm
Join GWBHS historians for a virtual then and now look at our communities: Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and West Bloomfield. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library with free registration nearer the event date.

Virtual Tour: Then & Now – Our Four Communities
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11 am
Join GWBHS historians for a virtual then and now tour of our communities: Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and West Bloomfield. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks with free registration nearer the event date.

Virtual Open House: Aspects of West Bloomfield Sheep Farming
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 1 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83048341952 Meeting ID: 830 4834 1952
We’ll virtually highlight once popular local sheep farming; see an early spinning demonstration; and visit the MSU Extension Tollgate Farm.

Virtual/Live Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary Walk
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2 pm
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88433639103 Meeting ID: 884 3363 9103
Join a virtual tour or live walk through the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary with Naturalist Carol Fink to learn the area’s history, natural features, flora and fauna. Final event plans will be posted April 20 at gwbhs.org. Sponsored with City of Orchard Lake Village.

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.