Please make plans to join us for our 2018 Appreciation Reception. This is our chance to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and members for their part in making 2017 a successful year. Light refreshments will be served open house style in the Carriage House.
Before the Civil War, The Victorian Era had a custom for every aspect of the daily life in America. Death and dying was no exception. We will examine the concept of a “Good Death,” and what that meant including where and how people were buried and the evolution of cemeteries
Presented by Larry Hathcock
Larry Hathcock, OCPHS member and Civil War reenactor, will present the Civil War service of Tom Tucker of Ortonville, Michigan. Mr. Tucker kept a diary of his experiences as a Union solder in the 22nd Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. Mr. Hathcock will be dressed as a Union infantryman and will share Tom Tucker’s daily experiences as a soldier.
Admission $7 Light refreshments are provided.
Presented by Tom Nelson, Adjunct Professor, MCC
Tom will be presenting a visual tour of his visit to the Kentucky Civil War battlefield of Perryville. The Battle of Perryville was fought on October 17, 1852 as Confederate General Braxton Bragg attempted to secure Kentucky into the Confederacy. It was the biggest battle in Kentucky during the Civil War. Tom will present the battle in chronological order as it occurred throughout the day.
Admission $7.00, light refreshments are provided.
A Family friendly tour of 19th Century customs. Children’s Crafts and light refreshments served in the Schoolhouse after your tour. Tickets available in the Gift Shop.
6 – 10 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 – It’s a Black and White Bash! Our 4th annual Grande Night to Remember takes place at the Lafayette Grande Banquet Facility in downtown Pontiac. Tickets are $35 each and include live & silent auction and buffet dinner (cash bar). Tickets: $35
Dave Decker will present his research on milling in Oakland County from the mid-1800’s through the 1920’s, how mills affected daily life, and how “where you can put the mill” affected the founding of Oakland County’s villages and towns. His research on Dawson’s Mill in Pontiac will be
Our annual Summer Ice Cream Social is a major fundraiser for the society, and offers a lot of fun for the entire family. $7.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Click here to get the details!
Due to high demand, historian Willie Payne and the Oakland County Historical Society will conduct a second Underground Railroad Historic Site Tour. You will explore sites in Pontiac, Orchard Lake, Walled Lake, Farmington and Detroit used to harbor southern fugitive slaves and hear stories of how local abolitionists helped them
Join us at Pine Grove to hear from Leslie Pielack about her new book, “The Saginaw Trail: From Native American Path to Woodward Avenue”, get your copy and have it signed by Leslie, and enjoy some light refreshments as we continue to celebrate Pontiac’s bicentennial week! From: 6-8 PM in the