Events

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Annual Meeting & ‘Where History and Genealogy Meeting: The Dash Between the Dates’ Presentation
Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10 am -12 pm
Orchard Lake Schools Dining Hall (enter from Commerce Road)
Annual meeting and presentation. Our ancestors are more than their birth, marriage, and death dates! Family historian and professional genealogist Judy Muhn shares perspectives with ways history, artifacts, stories, and documentation inform the larger stories of our families. $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 20. RSVP to contact@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge. Orchard Lake Schools partner.

Open House
Sunday, January 29, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Living With History: Car Connections – Home & Garage Tour 2024 Initial Planning Meeting
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10 am
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Let’s celebrate our auto heritage and GWBHS 50th anniversary with a tour, while fundraising! New volunteers are needed to organize and chair this event. Tour stop help is provided.

Open House
Sunday, February 5, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Eli Crockett: 1870 African-American Family Open House
Sunday, February 12, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the Eli Crockett family, one of West Bloomfield Township’s first African-American households and their life here in the 1870s. Presentations at 2 & 3 pm by Neil Hepburn. Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Friday, February 17, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

The Gift of Fire: Stories that warm the coldest hearts!
Sunday, February 19, 2023, 2 pm
WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Join Mikwahndan “Mike” Jewell as he shares Anishinaabe “Gift of Fire” stories. In Winter, elders taught their People these stories and the lessons they reinforce. More than ever, all people need to hear and learn these lessons told in the form of stories, which entertain and subtly teach us acceptance.

No charge. Sponsored with WB Parks. 50 person attendance limit.

Volunteer Orientation (“Our School History” Project – Data Entry)
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6-7 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
This orientation is for a paid volunteering opportunity. You will learn how to upload pictures and enter data into our digital collections database. Click here to learn more about this volunteer opportunity. If you are interested in volunteering, please email snelsen@gwbhs.org or call (248) 757-2451.

Open House
Sunday, February 26, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, March 5, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Interurban Trolley Open House
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the interurban, a light-rail system, which ran from downtown Detroit to Pontiac, that shortened travel time to the “up north” getaway that was West Bloomfield. Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Friday, March 17, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Restoring 2690 Pine Lake Road
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 2 pm
WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
This memorable blue-shake roof home has an interesting story. Join Paul B. Wilbur as he returns to the time of Henry Ford and the development of the Pine Lake area. Learn about the home’s architecture and first owners. No charge. 50-person attendance limit. Sponsored with WB Library.

Open House
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

1913 & 1953 Tax Record Books Open House
Sunday, April 2, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Come see 1913 and 1953 West Bloomfield tax record books. To learn more about your property, know your Township section number, property description and, if known, subdivision. Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Tour the Birmingham Museum
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
WB Parks, Recreational Activities Center, 4640 Walnut Lake Rd.
Board the bus for a trip back in time with a docent led tour of The Birmingham Museum. See a new exhibit A Tapestry of Birmingham, which includes early Black settlement, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad. Also tour the oldest house in Oakland County – the 1822 John West Hunter House. See the WB Parks 2023 Winter Guide for details and registration.

Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary Spring Walk
Sunday, April 16, 2023, 2-3 pm
Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore the breathtaking spring flowers. Sponsored with Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Open House
Friday, April 21, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Past Events


Monthly Open Houses
1st, 2nd, & 4th Sundays and 3rd Fridays, 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.