Events

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.

Curling Premiered Here Open House
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Curling has very local history: it premiered in the United States on Orchard Lake in the winter of 1831-32. Learn about a West Bloomfield curling Olympian, see curling exhibits, and lift curling stones. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & Better Made in Michigan Presentation
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10 am-noon, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting with a presentation by Karen Dybis exploring the salty history of Detroit’s best chip. For many, Detroit is the crunch capital of the world. More than forty local chip companies once fed the Motor City’s never-ending appetite for salty snacks. Only Better Made remains. $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 20. RSVP to: rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.

Vintage Valentines Open House
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Valentine cards reflect the times, through popular themes, poetry, humor, art and cultural values. Come and see a collection of 1930’s Valentines and experience nearly 100-year-old love stories. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

The Antislavery and Underground Railroad in West Bloomfield, 1850 – 1865
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Professor Rochelle E. Danquah will discuss the history of the Underground Railroad movement in West Bloomfield and surrounding communities in Oakland County, 1850 – 1865. She will also examine West Bloomfield Township residents’ roles during this era of social injustice. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10 am, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Are you looking for flexible, interesting volunteer opportunities? Come learn our needs — from one-time to long-term commitments. No charge.

1976 Tornado Open House
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the F4 tornado that damaged dozens of West Bloomfield homes and businesses on March 20, 1976. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Traditional Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 12, 1, or 2 pm, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Road
Celebrate early spring with a sap to syrup demonstrations over an open fire and then enjoy a hot pancake breakfast.  $8 per person. 45 minute outdoors. Register for a group tour at wbparks.org/maplesugaring or call WBP at 248.451.1900. Sponsored by Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, Copperhead Craft Guild, WB Parks, and GWBHS.

Rosie the Riveter Presentation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Historian Bailey Sisoy Isgro will share the history and impact of WWII women war workers, often known as Rosie the Riveters; how their name came to be; and the scale of their heroic work on the American homefront. Her award-winning book, Rosie, A Detroit herstory, will be available for purchase. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Historic Tax Rolls Open House
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Come see West Bloomfield historical tax rolls and learn more about the history of your property. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2-3 pm, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink and Herbalist Jen Green in discovering the hidden gems and herbal medicines in the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. Sponsored with the City of Orchard Lake Village. No charge.

Presentation: Then & Now – Our Four Communities (1820-2020)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Oakland County celebrates its 200th birthday and we’re joining in on the festivities. We’ll present an evening of pictures, stories, and the history of our four communities Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and West Bloomfield. Presented by GWBHS volunteers. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Bus Tour: Then & Now – Our Four Communities (1820-2020)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10am-3:15pm, WB Parks – Recreation Activities Center
Oakland County celebrates its 200th birthday and we’re joining in on the festivities. During the hop-on hop-off bus tour you will visit our four communities: Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and West Bloomfield. Italian buffet luncheon at Gino’s Italian Restaurant included. Presentation materials will be available for purchase. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks and the Senior Resource Group. Register by calling WB Parks, 248-451-1900 or on-line, wbparks.org.

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.