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Annual Meeting & Pontiac Asylum Presentation

When: Sat January 27 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Annual Meeting & Pontiac Asylum Presentation.” Bruce Annett presents Pontiac Asylum, discussing how, in 1878, one of the nation’s foremost hospitals served patients with mental illness, most recently known as the Clinton Valley Center. It was a city within a city, imbued with the optimism and the exuberance of an America celebrating its centennial. The time for this event is 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., and it takes place at Orchard Lake Schools. There is a $15/person brunch ticket donation. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Vintage Valentines Open House

When: Sun February 11 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Vintage Valentines Open House.” Valentine cards reflect the times through popular themes, poetry, humor, art and cultural values. Come and see a collection of 1930’s Valentines and experience nearly 100-year-old love stories. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Shanty Days - Checker Tournament

When: Sat February 17 2018
Where: Caseville
The Historical Society of Casevile presents “Shanty Days - Checker Tournament.” Come get warm and have some fun with a few games of checkers! Trophies will be presented to the winners. The time for this event is 1-3 p.m., and it takes place at the Caseville Historical Museum. For more information, call (989) 856-9090 or visit http://www.casevillemuseum.org/.

Tuskegee Airmen: Flying for Freedom

When: Wed February 28 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Tuskegee Airmen: Flying for Freedom.” Macon-Thomas-West Bloomfield’s Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’sPresident Maj. William (Bill) Burnett will discuss the personal stories and fading memories of some of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen – African American pilots, mechanics, and servicemen who served valiantly in World War II – only to return home to a beloved country that yet refused to treat them as equals. Clips from “Flying For Freedom:Untold Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen” will be shown. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at the West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Thomas Nast, the Cartoons That Changed America

When: Wed February 28 2018
Where: Northville
The Northville Historical Society presents “Thomas Nast, the Cartoons That Changed America.” A look at Thomas Nast, an immigrant cartoonist whose cartoons influenced the Civil War, Christmas, and American thinking during the late 1800s. Did he really change the course of the war? The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at the New School Church at Mill Race, 215 Griswold. The cost is free but donations are accepted. For more information, call (248) 348-1845 or visit http://www.millracenorthville.org/.

West Bloomfield Tornado Open House

When: Sun March 11 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “West Bloomfield Tornado Open House.” Learn about the F4 tornado that damaged dozens of West Bloomfield homes and businesses on March 20, 1976. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit/email http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Salem Area Historical Society Dinner and Auction

When: Sat March 24 2018
Where: Plymouth
The Salem Area Historical Society presents “Salem Area Historical Society Dinner and Auction.” Tickets include a buffet dinner, silent auction, and live auction. Auction items will include tickets to area attractions, such as the Tipping Point Theatre and Meadowbrook Hall, and national attractions, such as Disney World and the Grand Hotel. Also available during the auction are historical items and restaurant gift certificates. All proceeds will be used to maintain the South Salem Stone School and the Dickenson Barn. Tickets can be purchased on the “SAHS Dinner/Auction” page of our website at http://www.sahshistory.org/ or by email to Salem_Area_HS@yahoo.com The time for this event is 6 to 9:30 p.m., and it takes place at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center, 8768 N. Territorial Rd. Tickets cost $42 per person with a $2 discount before March 1. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit http://www.sahshistory.org/.

From Hastings to Home: An Introduction to Detroit’s Early Jewish History

When: Sun March 25 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “From Hastings to Home: An Introduction to Detroit’s Early Jewish History.” The presentation begins in the 1760s with the arrival of the first Jewish settlers in Detroit, and follows the movement of the community up to the 1950s. Using slides and film, the narration includes explorations of the obstacles and opportunities the Jewish community faced and mounted, why they came to the area, and where they settled. Sponsored with the West Bloomfield Township Library. The time for this event is 2 p.m., and it takes place at the West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Preservation

When: Wed March 28 2018
Where: Northville
The Northville Historical Society presents “Great Lakes Lighthouse Preservation.” This lecture will discuss the history of the Great Lakes lighthouses, the work that has been done to restore them, and the work still to be done to assure that this part of Michigan's history is maintained. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at the New School Church at Mill Race, 215 Griswold. The cost is free but donations are accepted. For more information, call (248) 348-1845 or visit http://www.millracenorthville.org/.

Michigan Military Academy Open House

When: Sun April 8 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Michigan Military Academy Open House.” See archives about the Michigan Military Academy (1877- 1909) known as the “West Point of the West,” then located on grounds of the current Orchard Lake Schools. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. Museum tours by appointment are available. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

Apple Island Research Update

When: Wed April 25 2018
Where: West Bloomfield Township
The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Apple Island Research Update.” Apple Island researchers Dr. David Brose and Mark Hoock, PhD. candidate, will share their findings on island use by early Native American and 20th century summer vacationers, respectively. Sponsored with the West Bloomfield Township Library. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit http://www.gwbhs.org/events/.

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