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

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

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 of this beautiful vintage home. Mark Thomas is a member of OCPHS and excellent speaker. As a retired real estate

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USS Michigan: Great Lakes Guardian – Larry Hathcock

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 King Strang assassination and the plot to free Confederate POW’s on Johnson’s Island during the Civil War. This talk will

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Mini-Lecture: Native American Show & Tell presented by Dwight Keith

Mini-Lecture: Native American Show & Tell presented by Dwight Keith

Dwight is past president of the Oakland County Earth Science and Rock Club, as well as being an avid collector & dealer of unusual antiques. Come see what he has in store as he shows some of his Native American artifacts and tells the tales of their origin. This talk is not to be missed! Admission $7 – light refreshments will be served.

Mini-Lecture – Elizabeth Denison Forth – Rosie Richardson

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 James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile. Her life story has been documented by Michigan Historic Site Markers, the National Register

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OCPHS Appreciation Reception

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

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

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 informal gathering, light refreshments will be provided. This history explores the 22nd’s day-to-day experiences in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. John

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OCHA First Meeting

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 to work – Choose a new name for this alliance – we can’t use alliance – Time dependent: break out

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Pine Grove Closed – Snow Days!

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!