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
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.
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
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!
Baby, it’s cold outside. And the Pontiac School District sets our schedule – we follow along. The schools are closed today.
** 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
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
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!
The Pontiac School District is closed today due to road conditions, and since the schools are closed, well then so are we. Please stay safe out there, we will be open Thursday, weather permitting. Photo of the Pine Grove campus, circa 1920. Courtesy of the David C Wallace Collection, Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society.
Confederate Postage in the Civil War Presented by Tom Nelson, Adjunct Professor at MCCC – Tom will be presenting a slide show of the history of the Confederate States postal system during the Civil War. At first the South used pre-war postage stamps and local provisionals. By June 1861 the System had become centralized in Richmond for the duration of the war. Tom will present the postage In chronological order as