Lincoln - John Wilkes Booth Escape Route - Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 2 pm

OCPHS’s 2014 “Small Talk” Lecture Series Presents:

Lincoln - John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Presented by OCPHS member William Grandstaff
Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 2 pm

John Wilkes Booth was a well known actor who was recognized in both the North and South. He was a Southern sympathizer who called Lincoln a tyrant and by 1864-65 felt that the President had so overstepped his executive authority that he had to be eliminated. Through a series of unfortunate omissions and mishaps, Booth was able to get close enough to Lincoln on that Good Friday to raise a small, single shot derringer and shoot him at point blank range. The confusion that followed allowed Booth to escape the theater and cross over the Navy Bridge into Maryland and what he hoped was safety in the South. The plan would soon turn into a frustrating ordeal for Booth and his companion, David Herold. Eventually, Booth came to the realization that his action was not the patriotic grand gesture he thought it would be but rather was perceived as a cowardly act that most people rejected. His final day, April 26th was a tragic and ignoble end to one of the saddest episodes in our history. Learn about his final twelve day journey and the stories of the people along the way that assisted or chose not to help the pair.

$5 per person
Refreshments Provided

Victorian Christmas Open House ~ Sun, Dec. 7th 1pm - 5pm

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The Annual Victorian Christmas Open House

"To Honor all who have Served"

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 from 1pm to 5 pm

~Meet our Veterans in the One Room Schoolhouse
~Tour Governor Moses Wisner's Home all decked out in Victorian Splendor
~Visit with good old St. Nick and take home a picture
~Quilt Raffle
~Music, Dancing, Carols, Cookies, Cocoa and so much more

Come and visit your home town Museum!

Tickets are $5 per person/$10 per family of five

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered at our Summer Ice Cream Social!


See our Facebook page for photos from this fun event!

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"Wisner Family" Portrait

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OCPHS is one of seventeen recipients of the Oakland County Government 2013 Casual Day Fund!


We are so thankful to be recognized for the second year in a row by the Oakland County Government's 2013 Casual Day Fund!

Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society: The Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society is open to members who are interested in preserving the history of Oakland County. It is the oldest active historical society in Michigan. Headquartered at Pine Grove, the former estate of Governor Moses Wisner in Pontiac, the Society works closely with Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, including recently on the commemorative “Oakland County in the Civil War” map. Charged with the preservation of Pine Grove, the Society oversees 4-1/2 acres of land, the Wisner mansion and several out-buildings, including a summer kitchen, outhouse, smokehouse and root cellar. In addition to the outbuildings, there is the Drayton Plains One Room School House and the Carriage House, which is home to the Research Library, office and the Pioneer Museum.

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Our Historian, Charlie Martinez, received the Distinguished Service Award at the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society's Annual Meeting. Congratulations Charlie!

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Our hours may vary due to the schedules of our volunteers or due to inclement weather. To ensure that a volunteer will be here to assist you, please call ahead before visiting. As a general guideline, our office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our Research Library is also open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Group Tours of Pine Grove must be arranged in advance.

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