During the Civil War the Army supplied its troops with only the bare necessities. Several groups of women organized to send the soldiers proper clothing, medicine, hospital supplies, and small everyday comforts. They also saw the need to improve sanitation and nursing care. Come and learn how the U.S. Sanitary Commission and women like Clara Barton improved and saved the lives of so many soldiers both North and South. OCPHS member Annie Hunt discusses this aspect of our history at the next Small Talk, Sunday, Mar. 15 at 2 p.m. Admission $5.
Many people give time, talent, and financial support to preserve Oakland County's history. The February 11 Appreciation Reception was just one way to say THANK YOU for your help. The mood was festive, the food was delicious and the smiles were many! If you missed it, don't worry, this was such fun we'll make it an annual event!
Take an armchair tour of Oakland County's one room school houses with our newest calendar, now available for just $10. The one room school served as a community hub, providing space for education, town meetings, funerals, political activities, and all manner of civic engagement. Many of these structures are still used today--some look as they did originally; others have been remodeled, making their school house days more difficult to discern. See how many you recognize as you mark important dates of your present and future on pages featuring our county's past! Front cover and interior photos are black & white, back cover (at right) is in color. Copies are available now at the office, or order by mail here.
We are looking for people like YOU!
We invite you to explore membership and volunteer opportunities at OCPHS! Your time, talent, and enthusiasm can be put to good service as we work together to preserve and promote Oakland County's history. Memberships start at just $20 per year ($15 for students) and support the Society's operating and preservation efforts. Volunteer service makes everything happen--please consider lending a hand where you can!
Enjoy a look back at some recent events and activities using these links:
Summer Social, July 2014
A Grande Night to Remember: Fall Auction at the Lafayette Grande, October 2014
Downtown Pontiac Tree Lighting, December 2014
More pictures from our December 7, 2014 Victorian Open House are coming soon. The view at right features some of the veterans honored that day.
Our office and research library are generally open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but our hours may vary due to the schedules of our volunteers or due to inclement weather. To ensure that someone will be here to assist you, please call ahead before visiting. Group Tours of Pine Grove must be arranged in advance. Contact us and we'll be happy to schedule a time for your group tour of six or more people.
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