Past Events

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. Includes Carriages to Cars 20-minute presentation at 2 pm & 3 pm (During the late 1800’s the Pontiac Carriage Industry experienced tremendous growth and achieved a national presence. This industry developed into over 30 motor vehicle companies, most significant were GM Truck and Pontiac Motors. Restoring a 1901 Pontiac built carriage uncovers this fascinating and forgotten piece of our history). Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

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.

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.

Meet your Senator: A Conversation with Jim Runestad
Friday, July 19, from 10–11:30am, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
State Senator Runestad will share information on current issues and legislation and welcomes constituents’ thoughts, opinions, and ideas to take back to Lansing, where he represents Michigan’s 15th Senate District.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Paper Doll Cut-outs Open House
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Karen Pushie and Brian Pushie share their Mother’s extensive 1920-2010s paper cut-out doll collection.Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Hands on activities. No charge.

History of Summer Camps in West Bloomfield, 1910-1960s
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7 pm, West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room
Learn about the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp on Sylvan Lake, GFS Holiday House on Pine Lake, the Protestant Children’s Home Camp Tinega which served Detroit children. Historians Helen Jane Peters and John and Patricia Hartwig share their camp involvement stories. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Lace Museum and Mill Race Village trip with WB Parks
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9-3:15 pm, depart from West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
Join GWBHS and WB Parks for a trip to The Lace Museum and historic Mill Race Village, in Northville. The Lace Museum features a visual feast of treasures – from a 19th-century Edwardian wedding gown made of Belgian lace to an orange Victorian walking dress. The curator, Mary Salmon, opened the museum to honor the unsung makers behind the intricate handcraft. The 1,000 square foot space curates collars, tablecloths and assorted American and European lace. An additional stop includes a docent-led walking tour of the historic Mill Race Village. Please note: all buildings are handicapped accessible. Lunch is included at Tirami Su. See the WB Parks Winter 2019 Activities Guide or this link for details and registration.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 2-3 pm, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink and Herbalist Jen Green in discovering the hidden gems and healing herbs in the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Lace Through the Ages
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Mary Salmon shares her love of antique handmade lace with a presentation of Lace Through the Ages.  Mary is the Curator of THE LACE MUSEUM Detroit, located in Northville, which hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits of handmade antique lace and fashion. Mary recently returned from the Lace Congress in Bruges Belgium and will have on display various styles of 19th Century Belgian Lace, as well as Irish Crochet Lace and Italian Needlelace.  Available for purchase will be handmade lace sachets, Edwardian table linens, Victorian lace trims, buttons, beaded purses, cards, and smaller gifts with a lace motif. All proceeds benefit the Lace Museum. Mary is a member of the International Organization of Lace Inc., Kantcentrum Bruges Belgium, and Great Lakes Lace Group Inc. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library and WB Parks. No charge.

Ohio/MI Border Dispute: A WBSD Finalist Project from MI History Day Open House
Sunday, April 14, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See what this dispute was all about in the award winning exhibit describing the conflict that almost caused a war. Student Jacquelyn Foreman lead the WBSD team to national finals for the 2018 MI History Day by the Historical Society of Michigan. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

1818 Expedition into Oakland County
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
In 1818, a group of men traveled northwesterly from Detroit to confirm or dispel reports that Oakland County was a swampland, unworthy of settlement. Hear why this expedition took place; how they named our lakes; and what they reported. Presented by John Marshall, an 1818 Expedition Into Oakland County committee member. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Motorcities Heritage Wayside Exhibits Open House
Sunday, March 10, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Twenty-five outdoor exhibits share our interesting local history. Small versions of these signs are exhibited. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Traditional Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 10, at 12, 1, or 2 pm, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Road
Celebrate early spring with a sap to syrup demonstration over an open fire and then enjoy a hot pancake breakfast. Featuring local Native American storyteller Genot Picor.  $8 per person. 45 minute outdoors. Registration required. Please visit wbparks.org/maplesugaring or call WBP at 248.451.1900 today!. Offered in partnership with the West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Commission, the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, and the Copperhead Craft Guild.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 2, 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.

A Time of Terror: The Black Legion & Deadly Racism in Detroit, 1920-30s
Sunday, February 17, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was revived and became a powerful institution in Michigan, including Detroit. During the 1930s, their violent stepchild, the Black Legion was born, and they left a trail of murders throughout the state. Please come and hear historian Jamon Jordan as he discusses the history of these two violent white supremacist organizations during their height of influence in Detroit.Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Indoor Games Open House
Sunday, February 10, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
What games were played inside historically? Come play: Shoot the Moon, Jacks, Tiddly-Winks, and Native American Skill Game. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & Donut Dolly Vietnam Presentation
Saturday, January 26, 10 am-noon
Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15

Annual meeting with presentation by Joann Puffer Kotcher, one of the first women allowed in a Vietnam combat zone. She helped staff recreation centers as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly. $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 21. RSVP to: rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.

Ice Harvesting Open House
Sunday, January 13, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Prior to modern day refrigerators, ice was the only means to keep our perishable groceries cold and fresh. The area lakes provided not only local residents and businesses ice for refrigeration, but much of the ice was loaded on trains/cars and shipped to Detroit for the meat processing industry. Ron Hanson shares his family’s ice cutting saw and photos of the saws being used on Orchard Lake and Pine Lake. Try cutting a block of ice and make an ice cone! Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Vintage Wooden Toys Open House
Sunday, December 9, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy our vintage wooden toy collection, along with other vintage toys, this holiday season. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Centennial of “Detroit’s Own Polar Bears” Military Intervention in Russia
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
The “Polar Bears” of the US Army’s American North Russia Expeditionary Force (ANREF) were sent to North Russia in Sept. 1918 by President Wilson to participate in the Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War. Many of their battles with the Bolshevik Red Army were fought after the Armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. Learn about the reasons for the intervention, how they survived the harsh conditions while fighting on enemy soil and how public pressure eventually brought them home. The presentation will also include maps, contemporary photos, as well as recent photos taken at some of the battlefronts. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Military Memorabilia Open House
Sunday, November 11, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Do you have military memorabilia to share during the Open House? We will exhibit some World War I relics and welcome anyone to bring in their military memorabilia from any time period. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 14, 2018 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.

1817: Finding Oakland County Open House
Sunday, October 14, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the 1817 West Bloomfield Township Survey with Helen Jane Peters, which measured and marked the boundaries of the 25 townships in Oakland County and its significance to the settling of the area. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Pine Lake Cemetery Tour
***time updated*** Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:00 am -1:00 pm, Northeast corner of Lone Pine & Middlebelt Road
Learn about the deceased buried at Pine Lake Cemetery. Docents at gravesites will explain the lives of sports figures, founding residents, and prominent people now at rest in this historical setting. A $5 donation is requested. Optional restaurant gathering afterwards. For more information, call 248-757-2451. Weather permitting; no rain date scheduled.

Carriages to Cars
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Mike West illustrates the rise and fall of the carriage industry, the beginning of motor vehicle manufacturing, and the reminders that can be still be seen today. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

One-Room Schoolhouse Open House
Sunday, September 9, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Ray Lucas shares research about one-room schoolhouses in Oakland County, with plot maps dating back to 1872, with over 40 photos of schoolhouses that are still in existence. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Vintage Cars Open House
Sunday, August 12, 2018 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. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
Saturday, July 28, 2017 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday, July 29, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Powers and Daly Roads, West Bloomfield
GWBHS is participating in the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. Visit our table to purchase some beautiful pieces!

Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 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.

Orchard Lake Museum Open House
Sunday, July 8, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Apple Island Tours
Note: the tours have been canceled for Saturday, June 9 due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, 2018 10 am-3:30 pm
(bus/boat drivers take a break from 12:30 – 1:00)
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. Partnered with West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation.

Apple Island Docent Training
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 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.

Join the Memorial Day Parade(s)
Monday, May 28, 2018 9 am-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.

Early Irons Open House
Sunday, May 13, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Roberta Cassell shares her collection of over 50 old and unusual pressing irons, with exhibits. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Guided Group Tour Visit at Chaldean Cultural Center
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7 pm, Chaldean Cultural Center, 5600 Walnut Lake Road
Come take a guided group tour and visit the Chaldean Museum, which is part of the Chaldean Cultural Center. Experience 5000 years of Chaldean history, including 5 galleries, exhibits, artifacts, immersive environments, and interactives to help tell the Chaldean story. No charge; donations will be accepted.

Spring Nature Walk
DATE CHANGED Sunday, April 29, 2018 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.

Apple Island Research Update
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Apple Island researchers Dr. David Brose and Mark Hoock, PhD. candidate, will share their findings on island use by early Native American and 20th century summer vacationers, respectively. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Michigan Military Academy Open House
Sunday, April 8, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
The Michigan Military Academy (MMA) was an all-boys military prep school, built on the shores of Orchard Lake. It was founded in 1877 by Captain J. Sumner Rogers and closed in 1908. See our collection of MMA photos. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

From Hastings to Home: An Introduction to Detroit’s Early Jewish History
Sunday, March 25, 2018 2 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
The presentation begins in the 1760s with the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in Detroit and follows the movement of the community, up to the 1950s.  Using slides and film, the narration includes explorations of the obstacles and opportunities the Jewish community faced and mounted, why they came to the area and where they settled. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

West Bloomfield Tornado Open House
Sunday, March 11, 2018 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. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 3, 2018 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.

Tuskegee Airmen: Flying for Freedom
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7 pm, West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Macon-Thomas-West Bloomfield Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.’s President, Maj. William (Bill) Burnett, (Ret), will discuss the personal stories and fading memories of some of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen – African American pilots, mechanics, and servicemen who served valiantly in World War II – only to return home to a beloved country that yet refused to treat them as equals. Clips from “Flying For Freedom: Untold Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen” will be shown.Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Vintage Valentines Open House
Sunday, February 11, 2018 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.  Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & Pontiac Asylum Presentation
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10 am-noon, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting. Bruce Annett presents Pontiac Asylum, discussing how in 1878 one of the nation’s foremost hospitals served patients with mental illness, most recently known as the Clinton Valley Center; was a city within a city, imbued with the optimism and exuberance of an America celebrating its centennial. It is the story of how enterprise, stewardship, and innovation created 19th century Oakland County’s first non-agricultural “economic engine.” $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 24 by clicking “Add to Cart” below, rsvp@gwbhs.org, or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.




Nutcrackers Open House
Sunday, December 10, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See a selection of nutcracker-themed music boxes and snowglobes. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

World War II Letters Open House
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
In 1942, Mr. Glenn Husted, Whitfield School Principal, began writing to his former students who were serving in World War II around the world. As the servicemen and women wrote back to him, he shared their stories. He saved each letter. All but eight of the original letters were returned to the families. The Open House features these letters and their stories. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Italian Evening
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6 p.m., Gino’s Restaurant side room, 1999 Cass Lake Road
Enjoy Gino Santia’s personally prepared gourmet Italian dinner with homemade wine. Travelogues. Limited seating for 40 with $50 donation tickets available at gwbhs.org/events. Proceeds support GWBHS.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 15, 2017 2-3 p.m., 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 Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Treasures in the Trunk Sale & Open House
Sunday, October 8, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Trunk sale in the museum parking lot. GWBHS fundraiser. To rent space, contact Sue, sue@gwbhs.org or 248.757.2451. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Aromatherapy History
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Kirsten Douglass shares the history of essential oil use and their many benefits. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Quilts Open House
Sunday, September 10, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
So many quilts, so little time. Learn about the history of quilting, including the Harger history, and see beautiful local quilts. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Vintage Cars Open House
Sunday, August 13, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Interested in seeing and learning about vintage cars? Featuring exhibit boards on Model T and Flanders cars, along with a wealth of information about vintage cars. All are welcome to bring vintage cars for a showcase in the parking lot. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
Saturday, July 29, 2017 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday, July 30, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., West Bloomfield High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road
GWBHS is participating in the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. Visit our table to purchase some beautiful pieces!

Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6-8 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Members, supporters, and volunteers are invited for refreshments to this GWBHS appreciation reception. Complimentary drawing ticket included for choice of multiple prizes. RSVP by July 10 to rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871.

Michigan Logging Open House
Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
As a booming industry, this open house looks at Early Michigan Logging Equipment. Focusing on some early tools recovered from Michigan logging camps, such as saws, axes, and pulling and horse equipment. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Lake Archaeology Open House
Sunday, June 11, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Local lakes have claimed many treasures throughout our history. Come see some long, lost treasure that has resurfaced through the efforts of local residents: jewelry, historical tokens, tools, an array of interested bottles, lanterns, artifacts. What else is buried underwater? Find out at our March Open House. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10 a.m., 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.

National Trails Day Walk
Saturday, June 3, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Walnut Lake Road entrance of WB Trail
Celebrate National Trails Day by walking the West Bloomfield Trail’s scenic and historic rail-to-trail path beginning at the Walnut Lake Rd. entrance. Step off the trail to the Orchard Lake Museum for refreshments. See Parks and Recreation Brochure for more information. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation. No charge.

Join the Memorial Day Parade(s)
Monday, May 29, 2017 9 a.m. – noon, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake
Walk or bike in the Monday Memorial Day parades! Or bring your vintage car! To participate, contact DuAnne, 248.683.1542 or duannesonneville@hotmail.com.

Apple Island Tours
All tours have been CANCELLED for SUNDAY, MAY 21 due to thunderstorms. Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 2017 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 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. $15 adult ticket donation, $10 child (5-12 years, no kids under 5) ticket donation.

Apple Island Docent Training
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7 p.m., 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, May 16 to Gina 248.622.7570. No charge.

Farmington Junction: A Trolley History
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Local historian Brian Golden explores the interurban, a light-rail system which ran from downtown Detroit, through Farmington, and then to Pontiac. Sponsored with the West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 23, 2017 2-3 p.m., 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.

Iraq to West Bloomfield
NEW DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017 2 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Salma M. Ajo, PhD, shares her life experiences growing up in Iraq during the 1950s-60s and her life in West Bloomfield. No charge.

Lake Life: History of Our Local Lakes – Open House
Sunday, April 9, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Information and artifacts about Cass, Sylvan and Orchard Lakes will be displayed and shared by Open House hosts. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

March Open House
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10 a.m., 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.

History of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion
Sunday, February 26, 2017 2 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Historian and Lecturer Jamon Jordan looks at Detroit racial history, noting the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion. No charge.

Indoor Games Open House
Sunday, February 12, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Play indoor games: Shoot the Moon, Jacks, Tiddly-Winks, and Native American Skill Game. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & This Place Matters Presentation
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10 a.m. – noon, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting and This Place Matters presentation by Ron Campbell. $15 includes brunch. Reservations by January 24 at www.gwbhs.org/events, rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge. Parking: enter from Commerce Road and park in the first west parking lot, close to this year’s dining room.

Ice Harvesting Open House
Sunday, January 8, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Prior to modern day refrigerators, ice was the only means to keep our perishable groceries cold and fresh. The area lakes provided not only local residents and businesses ice for refrigeration, but much of the ice was loaded on trains/cars and shipped to Detroit for the meat processing industry. Ron Hanson shares his family’s ice cutting saw and photos of the saws being used on Orchard Lake and Pine Lake. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Open House with a Nutcracker Theme
Sunday, December 11, 2016 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See a selection of nutcracker-themed music boxes and snowglobes. Experience permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Military Memorabilia Open House
Sunday, November 13, 2016 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Do you have military memorabilia to share during the Open House? We will exhibit some World War II relics and welcome anyone to bring in their military memorabilia from any time period. Also featured will be permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 16, 2016 2 p.m., 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 City of Orchard Lake Village. No charge.

Antique Saws Open House
Sunday, October 9, 2016 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Come and see an extensive collection of antique saws dating back to 1890 that was started by Jerry McManus in 1976 in Iosco County (the Tawas area). That area is rich in lumbering history and a beautiful part of Michigan. A friendship formed with Neil Thornton, whose family used to own The Tawas Herald and the Oscoda Press, and the antique saw collection’s history came to life. Come learn a wealth of information about antique saws, and also experience some permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Pine Lake Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 8, 2016 10 – 11:30 a.m., northeast corner of Lone Pine & Middlebelt Roads
Visit Pine Lake Cemetery and learn about prominent local residents buried there, from pioneer John Green to football hero Nick Pietrosante, and Detroit Tiger Norm Cash. $5. Optional restaurant stop following.

Kit Homes in Michigan
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Join Sears kit homeowners and enthusiasts Andrew and Wendy Mutch as they explore the fascinating history of kit and catalog homes. Learn about Michigan’s role in the kit house industry and see examples from vintage catalogs. See a photographic tour of the many kit homes located in West Bloomfield area communities. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Edible Wild Plants Open House
Sunday, September 11, 2016 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the edible or medicinal plants that grow wild, perhaps right in your backyard. Come and see what Jim Cherfoli has found this year. Also featured will be permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Pleasant Lake Improvement Association History Open House
Sunday, August 14, 2016 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
The Lake Improvement Association (LIA) was a summer cottage community started by Eastern European Jewish Immigrant families looking for a quiet place to spend the summers away from the city.  Each member had an unobstructed view of the lake, and a similarly sized lot to bring out or build a cottage on. This year they celebrate their 75th anniversary. Come learn more about the LIA’s history at our August Open House. Also featured will be permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6 – 8 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Members and volunteers are invited for refreshments to this GWBHS appreciation reception. Complimentary drawing ticket included for choice of multiple prizes.

Antique Kitchenware Open House
Sunday, July 10, 2016 1 – 4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Imagine what food preparation tools would have been used in the kitchen in the late 1800s. See a original collection from our presenter, Gwynne Cherfoli, and her Iowa family with kitchen tools over 100 years old. Also featured will be permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, June 11,2016 10 a.m., 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. 2017 events are being planned now! No charge.

National Trails Day Walk
Saturday, June 4, 2016 8:30 – 11 a.m., Walnut Lake Road entrance of WB Trail
Celebrate National Trail’s Day by walking the West Bloomfield Trail’s scenic and historic rail-to-trail path beginning at the Walnut Lake Rd. entrance. Step off the trail to the Orchard Lake Museum for refreshments. See Parks and Recreation Brochure for more info. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation. No charge.

Join Us In a Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, 2016 9 a.m. – noon, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake
Walk or bike in the Monday Memorial Day parades! Or bring your vintage car! Contact us to participate.

Apple Island Tours
Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2016 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Semi-guided tours of Apple Island. First come, first served. No reservations. 3:30 p.m. is the last departure. $15 adults, $10 children 5-12 years (no kids under 5). $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members. Sponsored with West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield Library, City of Orchard Lake and Orchard Lake Schools.

Docent Training
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7 p.m. 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, May 17 to Gina, gina@gwbhs.org or 248.622.7570.

History LIVES in Grandma’s Button Basket
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7 p.m. WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Michigan Button Society garment fastener collector-historian Chris Parham shares her buttons and extensive knowledge. Q&A. Bring your family buttons for identification and care suggestions. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 17, 2016 2-3 p.m. 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 City of Orchard Lake Village. No charge.

April Open House: Our School History
Sunday, April 10, 2016 1-4 p.m. Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Our School History is a project of Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society to document the history of West Bloomfield School District. Project Chair, Christy Forhan, will share what she has learned during her research to create school history panels for each of the district’s schools. No charge.

Celebrating Our School History with West Bloomfield Schools
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 7 p.m. WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Celebrate the unveiling of each of the West Bloomfield Schools historical information exhibit panels with WBSD. Brief presentation. Sponsored with West Bloomfield School District and West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

March Open House: West Bloomfield Tornado 40th Anniversary
Sunday, March 13, 2016 1-4 p.m. 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. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 5, 2016 10 a.m. 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. Learn about Apple Island Tours volunteer opportunities.

The History of African Americans in the US Marine Corps
Sunday, February 28, 2016 2 p.m. WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
The Montford Point Detachment, a Detroit-based, nonprofit veterans’ organization with the first African Americans to serve the Corps, share their history. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

February Open House: Vintage Valentines
Sunday, February 14, 2016 1-4 p.m. 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. No charge.

Annual Meeting and Presentation: Historic Photos of the Area
Saturday, January 30, 2016 10 a.m.-noon. Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting and photo presentation of 1900s West Bloomfield area by Dave Walls. $15 includes brunch. Reservations by January 26 at gwbhs.org, rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. Call with questions. No charge for annual meeting only.

January Open House: Sylvan Lake Inn and the Pewabic Pottery Connection
Sunday, January 10, 2016 1-4 p.m. Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about how the Sylvan Lake Inn, designed by William Stratton in 1893, is connected to Pewabic Pottery (Mary Chase Perry Stratton). This interesting connection and the vast history of this building, now the Sylvan Lake Community Center, will be explored at the GWBHS January open house. No charge.

December Open House with Spinning Demonstrations
Sunday, December 13, 2015 1-4 p.m. Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
You are invited to hear docent DuAnne Sonneville talk about spinning. Besides a brief history, she will demonstrate how to turn sheep’s wool into yarn using a drop spindle, a Saxony wheel, and GWBHS’s recent addition, the Bryce Wheel. You will also learn many other things associated with this craft, including the original meaning of the many words, phrases, and adages that started as part of the lexicon of spinning. No charge.

November Open House
Sunday, November 8, 2015 • 1-4 p.m. • Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy Orchard Lake Museum’s temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Speaker Gina Gregory will share her great-uncle’s mementos from World War I. See the photos, souvenirs personal notes and songs of a soldier from the Army 321 Supply Company unit from his time in France, as the war ended (1918-19). No charge.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 18, 2015 • 2 p.m. • Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, on Pontiac Trail west of Old Orchard Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Find for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore autumn seasonal beauty. Sponsored with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary and Orchard Lake Village. No charge.

Michigan Military Academy Morning*
Saturday, October 10, 2015 • 9 a.m.- noon • St. Mary’s Dining Hall, Bldg. 15, Commerce Rd.
MMA author Brian Bohnett and St. Mary’s historians, Marcin Chumiecki and JJ Przewozniak, share their perspectives and recently found artifacts from the 1880-1905 military prep school, known as the “West Point of the West.” Event includes brunch, presentations, artifacts exhibits, and MMA focused guided campus tours. $15 per person.

Vintage Fashions*
Saturday, September 19, 2015 • 1-3 p.m. • Recreation Activities Center, 4640 Walnut Lake Road
The Questers historical organization volunteers model elegant authentic 1860-1940’s garments. You’ll gain awareness of what it was like to dress during the Victorian era and why fashions changed so dramatically during the 1900’s. $10 per person includes refreshments.

Archaeology for Adults*
Saturday, August 8,15, 22, 29., 2015 • 9 a.m.-noon • Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Detroit Center of Public Archaeology offers in-depth learning about archaeology in your community; the convergence of archaeology and historic preservation; including visits to archaeological sites. Up to 18 adults, ages 14+. 1:10 ratio. $50 per person.

Archaeology for Tweens*
Saturday, July 11,18, 25, Aug. 1, 2015 • 1-4 p.m. • Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the science of archaeology through hands-on, interactive projects, outdoor activities, and visits to a local laboratory and an archaeological site with Detroit Center of Public Archaeology. Up to 18 students, ages 10-13. 1:6 ratio. $40 per person.

National Trail Day Walk*
Saturday, June 6, 2015 • 8:30-11 a.m. • Park at Walnut Creek Middle School, 7601 Walnut Lake Rd.; shuttle returns you to your car.
Celebrate National Trail Day by walking the West Bloomfield Trail from Walnut Lake Road, along the historic rail-to-trail path, to Sylvan Manor Park. Step off the trail to the Orchard Lake Museum for refreshments. See Pathways for more information. No charge.

Apple Island Tours
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2015 • 11-5 p.m. • Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Guided tours of Apple Island. First come first served. No reservations. Last departure at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Schools. $15 adults, $10 children 5-12 years. $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members.

Docent Training
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 • 7 p.m. • 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.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 2-3 p.m. • Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, Pontiac Trail west of Old Orchard Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore the breathtaking spring flowers. Sponsored with Orchard Lake Village. No charge.

Apple Island Spring Forum*

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 • 7-9 p.m. • Orchard Lake Community Church, 5171 Commerce Road
Anthropologist LouAnn Wurst, Ph.D., shares 2014 Western Michigan University Apple Island Archaeological Dig Project findings and MI and National Register of Historic Places designation progress. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Schools. $5 donation.

Dear Friend, A Romance Through Words
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 2 p.m. • WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Journalist Hildred Corbett recounts the 1913-1914 correspondence courtship of her grandparents and how this became a book. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Heart Basket Class*
Saturday, March 14, 2015 • 10-12:30 p.m. & 1 – 3:30 p.m. • Schulak Farm, 6889 West Maple Road Participants will make an 8” reed heart basket with professional crafter DuAnne Sonneville and learn techniques involved in making a spoked basket. Class size limited to eight. $20 includes materials.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 7, 2015 • 10 a.m. • 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. Planning begins now for Apple Island Tours and Vintage Fashions.

The Underground Railroad Michigan Connection
Sunday, February 22, 2015 • 2 p.m. • WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road Former Pontiac Mayor Willie Payne highlights southern fugitive slaves and the Michigan abolitionists and free Blacks that assisted them via the Underground Railroad. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Annual Meeting and Presentation: Farmington Junction – A Trolley History
Saturday, January 31, 2015 • 10 a.m.-noon. • St. Mary’s Dining Hall, Bldg. 15, Commerce Rd.

Annual meeting and presentation by historian Brian Golden about the Detroit United Railway interurban system. $15, includes brunch.

*Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Commission
†Prepayment at www.gwbhs.org/events