Society News

Underground Railroad Historic Site Tour III – Dr. Willie Payne

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. The tour will depart from Pine Grove, headquarters for the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical

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Tea in the Mansion

Tea in the Mansion Indulge with savories, sweets, and teas at the Spring Tea in the Historic Wisner Mansion, home of Michigan’s Governor Moses Wisner. Your hostesses for your visit will be Angeolina, Jessie, and Florence – three generations of Wisner women. Stroll through their 1850 home with Ann Johnson,

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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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OCHA First Meeting

The first meeting of the Oakland County History Alliance (soon to have a different name). Here is the agenda: – Meet and greet – Presentation – what the OCHA is all about – Discussion: Structure of the organization, participation levels, meeting frequency, and in general how we all want this

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Pine Grove Closed – Snow Days!

Baby, it’s cold outside. And the Pontiac School District sets our schedule – we follow along. Pine Grove is closed Tuesday January 29th and Wednesday January 30th due to the weather. Here’s hoping for Thursday!