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EVENTS

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen | West Bloomfield

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.” To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, author Maureen Thalmann tells the extraordinary life story of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. Bertha’s life story includes many firsts, international recognition, an abiding love of family and a commitment to advance and improve the lives of women. Maureen’s book will be available for sale and signing. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at the West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.


Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Michigan POW Camps in WWII | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Michigan POW Camps in WWII.” Professor Greg Sumner, Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss his new book, Michigan POW Camps in WWII. In it, he tells the human side of the 6,000 German and Italian prisoners who lived in Michigan during the war and helps us understand why so many of them eventually became U.S. citizens. The time for this event is 1-2:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library – White Pine Room. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.


Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Classic Car Show | Caseville

The Historical Society of Caseville presents the “Classic Car Show.” Walk around and enjoy a variety of classic cars at the Car Show. Awards will be given for multiple categories. The time for this event is 10 a.m. -3 p.m., and it takes place at the Caseville Historical Museum, 6733 Prospect Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (989) 856-9090 or email chscm@comcast.net.


Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Michigan Railroad History Conference | Ann Arbor

The Michigan Railroad History Conference presents “Michigan Railroad History Conference.” The program will include a day of historical presentations as well as optional historical field trips in the area on Friday and Sunday. Lunch will be served. At the completion of the program, an informal panel discussion will be held at the afterglow. The time for this event is 8:45 a.m. -5 p.m., and it takes place at the Morris J. Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. Conference registration is $65 (before September 1), the Friday tour is $75, and the Sunday tour is $30. For more information and to register, visit www.michiganrailroadhistory.org or email mrhc2019@gmail.com.


Saturday, September 21, 2019 | House Party at Cranbrook: History in the Making | Bloomfield Hills

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research presents “House Party at Cranbrook: History in the Making.” Join us for a fundraiser for the Cranbrook Archives featuring behind-the-scenes, interpretative tours of past, present, and future homes.The tour includes Thornlea House, Cranbrook Archives at Cranbrook Art Museum, and Lyon House. Following the tours, guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, a live auction, dinner, and entertainment at the Cranbrook House. The time for this event is 4-11 p.m., and it takes place at the Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine Road. The cost of each ticket is $425; which includes a $303 tax-deductible donation. Exclusive dining experiences and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call (248) 645-3215 or visit center.cranbrook.edu/events/2019-09/house-party.


Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, 2019 | Countywide Museum Weekend | Caseville

The Historical Society of Caseville presents “Countywide Museum Weekend.” The Huron County Historical Society kindly invites one and all to Huron County’s Countywide Museum Weekend on the last full weekend in September. Most museums in Huron County will be open. The time for this event is 11 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Caseville Historical Museum, 6733 Prospect Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (989) 856-9090 or email chscm@comcast.net.


Saturday, October 5, and Saturday, October 26, 2019 | Ghosts of Plymouth Cemetery Walk | Plymouth

The Plymouth Historical Museum presents “Ghosts of Plymouth Cemetery Walk.” Meet and greet some of the characters from Plymouth’s past and hear the tales of early Plymouth from the characters themselves. This event is educational, not spooky. The time for this event is 4-8 p.m., and it takes place at the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth. Please visit plymouthhistory.org/events/upcoming-events/ to buy tickets. For more information, call (734) 455-8940 or visit/email plymouthhistory.org/.


Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Halloween Hysteria | Northville

The Northville Historical Society presents “Halloween Hysteria.” Trick or treat thru our Victorian Village, play games, paint a pumpkin, and play with our Halloween characters. The time for this event is 1-5 p.m., and it takes place at Mill Race Historical Village, 215 Griswold. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 348-1845 or visit www.millracenorthville.org/.


Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Native American Stone Tools Open House | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents the “Native American Stone Tools Open House.” Learn about and see artifacts from a Native-American stone tools collection. The collection spans from the early archaic period to the late woodland period. Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture and hands-on activities. If you would like a tour of the museum, please call (248) 757-2451 to set up an appointment. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 | Copper Miners of Michigan | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Copper Miners of Michigan.” Donna Simons, author of “Copper Empire,” will trace the beginning of copper mining in Michigan, starting with Douglas Houghton, and end with copper mines being shut down permanently in 1968. She will explain dangerous working conditions in a copper mine and why the miners decided to go out on a labor strike that divided the community. Her presentation will finish with a description of the Italian Hall tragedy that took the lives of 73 people on Christmas Eve of 1913 after someone yelled fire in a crowded room. The time for this event is 7-8 p.m., and it takes place at Commerce Township Community Library – White Pine Room. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.


Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2019 | Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group Conference | Ann Arbor

The Argus Museum and the Washtenaw County Historical Society present the “Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group Conference.” The annual conference draws photographers, historians and camera collectors from around the country and Canada. The casual event includes discussions, demonstrations and temporary exhibits, private tours of local museums and attractions, and a banquet and auction. Please visit the website below for a list of events and times. The conference takes place at the Argus Museum, 525 West William. Most events are free to attend but there is a cost for field trips and the banquet. For more information, call (734) 769-0770 or visit washtenawhistory.org/index.php?section=sites&content=argus_museum.


Sunday, October 20, 2019 | Autumn Nature Walk | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Autumn Nature Walk.” Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided through rolling terrain and explore seasonal autumn beauty. Sponsored with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. The time for this event is 2-3 p.m., and it takes place at Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | Black History in Midtown | West Bloomfield

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Black History in Midtown.” Board the bus for a trip to Midtown Detroit. The history of Midtown (Brush Park, Sugar Hill, Cultural Center, and New Center) is connected to the historic Detroit black neighborhoods of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley and was an integral part of black life in Detroit. Join Jamon Jordan of Black Scroll Network History & Tours to gain insight about the history of Midtown, including: influential people, churches, hotels, hospitals, entertainment and much more. The time for this event is 9:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., and it takes place at the Recreation Activities Center, 4640 Walnut Lake Road. The cost is $29 for residents and $34 for non-residents. Lunch is not included. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit registration.wbparks.org.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Lecture: “Torn Asunder: Faith, Higher Education, Politics and the Davidson Family During the Civil War” | Ann Arbor

The U-M Clements Library presents “Torn Asunder: Faith, Higher Education, Politics and the Davidson Family During the Civil War.” The Davidson family of Indianapolis is a near perfect microcosm of the United States during Civil War. With roots in the South, but living in the North, the family’s ties to religious, education, and political leaders and institutions cast new light on the loyalties Americans felt towards their region, nation, and the institution of slavery. The time for this event is 6 p.m., and it takes place at Blau Hall 1580, U-M Ross School of Business, 700 E. University Avenue. The cost is free. Please register at myumi.ch/65kRE. For more information, call (734) 647-0864 or visit clements.umich.edu.


Sunday, October 27, 2019 | Fall Feast and Auction | Caseville

The Historical Society of Caseville presents “Fall Feast and Auction.” Join us for a banquet and an exciting auction fundraiser. The time for this event is 1-3 p.m., and it takes place at the Caseville Historical Museum, 6733 Prospect Street. The cost is $20. For more information, call (989) 856-9090 or email chscm@comcast.net.


Sunday, November 3, 2019 | Dr. Harold A. Furlong: Humanitarian and WWI Medal of Honor Recipient | West Bloomfield

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Dr. Harold A. Furlong: Humanitarian and WWI Medal of Honor Recipient.” Dr. Harold A. Furlong was Michigan’s only official World War I Medal of Honor recipient. After World War I, Harold Furlong became a prominent Pontiac doctor and a promoter of the arts. He and his wife, Frances, established the Pontiac Creative Arts Center in the old Pontiac Library building. Dr. Furlong was a great humanitarian who put service above self as his gift to mankind. The time for this event is 2 p.m., and it takes place at the West Bloomfield Township Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.


Sunday, November 10, 2019 | WWII Whitfield School Letters Open House | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents the “WWII Whitfield School Letters Open House.” See and learn the story of Sylvan Lake WWII correspondences with Whitfield School principal Mr. Glenn Husted and his former students. Other military memorabilia will be exhibited. We encourage you to come share your military history and enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 | History of the War Dog | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “History of the War Dog.” Join Phil Weitlauf, President of the Michigan War Dog Memorial, as he enlightens us on the discovery and restoration of the Michigan War Dog Memorial located in Lyon Township. As an added bonus, meet K9 Tess. The time for this event is 2-3 p.m., and it takes place in the White Pine Room of the Commerce Township Community Library, 180 E Commerce Street. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms


Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Christmas in the Village | Northville

The Northville Historical Society presents “Christmas in the Village.” Join us for a Victorian Christmas in a beautifully decorated Victorian Village. Carolers, various music groups, crafts for kids, storytelling, and Creme Tea await in a page out of Charles Dickens. The time for this event is 12-4 p.m., and it takes place at Mill Race Historical Village, 215 Griswold. The cost is free, but there is a cost for food. For more information, call (248) 348-1845 or visit www.millracenorthville.org/.


Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Sinterklaas is Jarig! Belgian & Dutch Holiday Traditions Open House | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Sinterklaas is Jarig! Belgian & Dutch Holiday Traditions Open House.” Sinterklaas is Jarig! Who was St. Nicholas? Why does he visit Belgian and Dutch children on December 6 and his helper is not an elf? Learn about the history and traditions of St. Nicholas, cookie boards, wooden shoes, and music. Temporary and permanent exhibits that interpret local area history and culture will be available and also hands-on activities. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 757-2451 or visit www.gwbhs.org/events.

EXHIBITS

Friday, May 3—Friday, October 25, 2019 | Things I Like Most About the Clements Library: Brian Leigh Dunnigan Retrospective | Ann Arbor

The The Clements Library presents “Things I Like Most About the Clements Library: Brian Leigh Dunnigan Retrospective.” Capping a 23-year career with the Clements Library, Curator of Maps and Associate Director Brian Dunnigan has selected some of its most evocative and handsome holdings for exhibition. A treasure house of American history, the Clements’s strengths are illustrated through poignant manuscripts, striking graphics, and varied cartographic materials. The time for this event is Open Fridays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Avenue. The cost is free. For more information, call (734) 647-0864 or visit clements.umich.edu.


Tuesday, August 13—Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | The Revolutionary 60s | Plymouth

The Plymouth Historical Museum presents “The Revolutionary 60s.” Relive the era of the British music invasion, moon landing, Viet Nam, college campus unrest, the hippie movement, and much, much more. The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it takes place at the Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main Street. The cost is $7/adult and $3/child (ages 6-17). For more information, call (734) 455-8940 or visit/email plymouthhistory.org/.


Saturday, September 7—Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Crossroads: Change in Rural America | Dundee

The Old Mill Museum presents “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” This traveling Smithsonian exhibit focuses on American’s rural population when it became a minority of the country’s population. The Old Mill Museum tells the local story with displays, events, and special forums to accompany the Crossroads exhibit. The time for this event is Saturday through Thursday 12-5 p.m. and Friday 12-8 p.m., and it takes place at the Old Mill Museum, 242 Toledo Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (734) 529-8596, visit www.dundeeoldmill.com, or email museum@dundeeoldmill.com.

 

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