Events

** Please note: Beginning in September, we plan to return to in-person events. Some events will continue to be virtual. Please check event locations carefully and check this page for the latest updates.

VIRTUAL Open House: Walter Flanders
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 1 pm
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89322836239 Meeting ID: 893 2283 6239
Dr. William Spencer will present virtually about his grandfather, Walter Flanders, an early automotive entrepreneur, who had a large estate in West Bloomfield. He’ll include what it is like to own a Flanders 20 Runabout.  Live Q & A. 

Orchard Lake Museum Preview
Friday, September 10, 2021, 8:30-9:30 am
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce members meet and preview the newly renovated Orchard Lake Museum with new interactive exhibits. Ribbon cutting for the universally accessible and group entrance at 9:15 am.

Orchard Lake Museum Grand Reopening & Open House
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Everyone is invited to celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated Orchard Lake Museum with new interactive exhibits. Outdoor interactive activities include the archaeology dig box, newly installed hand pump, and carriage photo op.

VIRTUAL Rosie the Riveter Presentation: Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 7-8:30 pm
Virtual event: sign up through West Bloomfield Library
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.

Open House: 1960s CB Radio
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See a 1960s Progress Line CB Police radio from the City of Orchard Lake Police Department. GWBHS Volunteer Bill Bertakis restored the radio and will share information about the process through a restoration video he created.

Fall Nature Walk
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2 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.

Walking Tour: E. LeRoy Pelletier Former Estate
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10-11 am
Register through West Bloomfield Parks
Rick Bartus, subdivision resident, shares facets of E LeRoy’s life, 1868-1939, Henry Ford’s first “PR man”. Meet at the property with the original barn for a one-hour outdoor walking tour through portions of the former 80-acre farm. Tour includes the barn’s cow birthing room.  Register through West Bloomfield Parks, program partner. Please note: no seating provided and will follow current Covid guidelines.

VIRTUAL Presentation: The Disaster on the Sultana
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7-8:30 pm
Virtual event: sign up through West Bloomfield Library
In April, 1865, the ship “Sultana” exploded on the Mississippi River killing more men on one ship than would die on the Titanic 47 years later. The story of the soldiers sent home on the “Sultana” is a story of greed and malfeasance on the part of Union government officials that changed forever the lives of the families waiting for their loved ones to return. Join Civil War historian Bill Grandstaff who will discuss this tragedy and the story of the “Sultana.” Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Open House: Michigan Military Academy
Sunday, November 14, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See archives about the Michigan Military Academy (1877- 1909) known as the “West Point of the West”, then located on grounds of what is now the Orchard Lake Schools. Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Vounteer Opportunities Meeting
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7 pm
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. We need volunteers looking to make a difference in our community and help keep our unique local history alive! No charge.

Open House: Night Before Christmas
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Local collector Cathy Hasse will share her collection of 150 editions of The Night Before Christmas books, highlighting their unique features. She’ll discuss some of her favorite editions, what inspired her collection, and where she found some of the more special volumes.

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.