Society News

Pioneer Reunion and Social

Join us as we celebrate the pioneers and early settlers of Oakland County at our annual summer event, this year called the “Pioneer Reunion and Social”. Other cool news: FREE ADMISSION this year! Thanks to a generous donation, guests are invited to come participate in the Reunion with no admission

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War’s Casualties: Hopes & Dreams Dashed – Robert Dustman

A book based on letters home “Defining Moments: A True Story of War, Family Conflict & Reconciliation;” details how war shaped one man. This memoir, written by the soldier’s eldest son, captures in vivid detail Bill Dustman’s transformation from a boy into a man. Robert’s presentation will not be a

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Cancelled: Underground Railroad Historic Site Tour III – Dr. Willie Payne

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Look for another tour later in the year! This tour explores sites in Pontiac, Orchard Lake, Walled Lake, Farmington and Detroit used to harbor southern fugitive slaves. You’ll hear stories of how local abolitionists helped them escape to Canada on the Underground Railroad.

Stories of the Myrick Palmer House – Mark Thomas

The Myrick Palmer house has been home to members of some of Pontiac’s early pioneer families. This stately lady has graced West Huron Street for many years. Evocative of a time long gone, Mark knows some of her secrets and will share them with you. Come hear him tell tales

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USS Michigan: Great Lakes Guardian – Larry Hathcock

For over eighty years the USS Michigan operated on the Great Lakes. When the Michigan was launched in December 1843, it became the first iron hulled ship in the US Navy. Built as a deterrent to British naval strength, the USS Michigan would become involved with stopping timber pirates, the

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Mini-Lecture – Elizabeth Denison Forth – Rosie Richardson

Elizabeth Dennison Forth – Emancipated Woman Presented by Rosie Richardson Lisette Denison Forth was born a slave near Detroit, worked as a maid, became a Pontiac landowner, and philanthropist. Celebrating Black History Month, Rosie Richardson will speak on Lisette’s early life, freedom, and her contribution in the building of St

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OCPHS Appreciation Reception

Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society is the steward of the estate of Pine Grove. This commitment is accomplished through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers and friends. Come join us for an evening to show you our appreciation of your support! Thank you!

Pine Grove Closed – Snow Day

Baby, it’s cold outside. And the Pontiac School District sets our schedule – we follow along. The schools are closed today.

Meet the Author & Book Signing – John Cohassey

** Note: Event Rescheduled Due To Weather **   Hot off the Presses! Meet author John Cohassey as he shares information about the day to day experiences of the soldiers of the Michigan 22nd Infantry. John’s new book will be available for sale & signing that evening. This is an

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