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Help keep Royal Oak history alive!

The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is a
 non profit organization
run by volunteers and funded solely by donations.

Business Owners Circa 1900

Exhibit schedule for 2017.


Remembering Royal Oak

Union School Bell

Guest Column
Teaching Royal Oak History

Volunteer Information

  Special Events

End of the Civil War

Pancake Breakfast

Here is a sampling of the businesses you can come in and learn about. How and who started them and what street they started on. A real stroll down memory lane.
Exhibit runs thru May, 13th.

Royal Oak Dondero High School
Class of 1966

Dondero High School Class of 1966 Memories from Janice Wagman on Vimeo.

We are happy to accommodate Boy and
Girl Scout troops, Cub Scouts, and
Brownies for private tours.  The Museum is a great learning activity for the Classroom or any
Club or Organization.
To arrange for a group tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays please contact
the Curator by phone,
248-439-1501 or email curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org

The Historical Museum is always looking for
photos of Royal Oak, from the 1800's to the
1980's, to add to our archives. We are seeking
views of businesses, historic homes,
prominent people, and public buildings,
in Royal Oak and along historic
Woodward Ave. 

If you have any photos to share with us
please contact us at the Museum. 

248.439.1501 or via email at: curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org

If you would like to submit a column about
Royal Oak history, or growing up in Royal Oak
please contact Muriel by phone at 248.439.1501 or
via email at:

The Royal Oak Historical Society emails:



The Historical Society Museum
at the

Northwood Fire Station
1411 W Webster at Crooks
Royal Oak, MI 48072

Click to View Map

Tuesday, Thursday,
and Saturday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Historical Society Museum
Extends Special Thanks to

Ideation Signs & Communications, lnc.
Emagine Royal Oak
Town Tavern- Bill Roberts
Holiday Market
Buttons Rent-it
Andrew Androff- Professional Movers Inc.
Roy & Paul Painting & Decorators
 Northern TV & Vacuum
Frentz & Sons Hardware
Hermann's Bakery
Leonard Bros.Data Management- Paul Leonard

Upscale Graphics
Westborn Market

Click on above links to visit contributors web sites.

Please patronize these local businesses.

Major Contributors

Linda M. Penney and David G. Penney PhD

Strangers in a Box

By Pam Harazim

Come look inside this drawer,
In this box I’ve often seen,
At the picture, black and white
Faces proud, still, serene.

I wish I knew the people
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among the socks.

I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where and when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate
Of pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?

Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
“The Strangers in the Box.”

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