The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum at the Northwood Firestation

  

Museum hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays:
1 pm to 4 pm
Group tours by appointment

248-439-1501

  

 

Site Content

Newsletter Archives

Royal Oak Historical Society Newsletters

A chronological list of our most recent published newsletters.

79th Annual Dinner

Friday October 19th

The Museum Archives

Articles by our Curator Muriel Versagi about the many collections of historical documents and records about Royal Oak, Royal Oak businesses and the people of Royal Oak. 

Remembering Royal Oak

Stories about growing up, living and working in Royal Oak. 

Union School Bell

Royal Oak Union School Bell

Our Photo Gallery

7th Annual Car Show

Royal Oak Historical Society 7th Annual Car Show

Photos courtesy of Ryan Gertner

Automotive Concept Art Exhibit

Packard Concept By Bill Michalak

Photos courtesy of Ryan Gertner

People of Royal Oak

Business Owners of Royal Oak, MI circa 1900

Royal Oak's Kit Houses

Upcoming Museum Exhibits

South Oakland Art Association Exhibit

Opening Reception,  Sunday, October. 7th, 2 to 5 pm.  

$10 donation for Common Ground Art Therapy Program.

Exhibit runs through Saturday, October 20th, 2018 

Christmas Exhibit

November 2018 thru January 2019

About Us

THE ROYAL OAK HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S HISTORY

Founded in 1939, the Royal Oak Historical Society is a private, non-governmental organization of volunteers. We collect, display and preserve information and objects of Royal Oak’s past for current and future generations. Throughout the year we present various special exhibits and provide a venue for other groups and individuals to display their collections.

The society was organized in 1939 by nine women and one man, according to information compiled by local historian Owen Perkins, for his book, "Royal Oak, Michigan, The Early Years," published in 1971.

The founders were civic activists, representing such organizations as the Library; Ezra Parker Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution; Chamber of Commerce; American Association of University Women; Royal Oak Woman's Club; and the Royal Oak Memorial Society. Members of most of those same organizations remain active in the society

HOW THE MUSEUM BEGAN

  

The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum came to be in March 2004, when five women each contributed $1000 to purchase the collection of Bill Rasmussen. The women were Agnes Buhalski, Pat Eaves, Bonnie Linehan, Blanche Myerhoven Roth, and Muriel Versagi.

SERVING THE PUBLIC

  

Our annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at the Farmers Market, Car Show, and Woodward Memories exhibits along with WWII, Viet Nam, Korea, and Civil war exhibits also help keep Royal Oak's history alive.

Donate Now

 To donate to our current operating fund click on the donate button below. The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is a 501(c)3
 non profit organization
run by volunteers and funded solely by donations. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Help Honor A Royal Oak  Icon

The Royal Oak Historical Society is starting a campaign to raise funds for a permanent fixed tribute to legendary Royal Oak Judge Keith J. Leenhouts at the 44th District Court, with a formal renaming of the probation department and a mounted wall display telling of the incredible story of Judge Leenhouts and his Volunteers in Probation program. 


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$2500 – PRESENTING SPONSOR
Title recognition on the permanent plaque that will be part of the Judge Leenhouts Wall display. Invitation to private meet and greet with Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.
 

$1000 – VOLUNTEER
Recognition on the permanent plaque.
Invitation to private meet and greet with Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.
 

$500 – MENTOR
Recognition on the permanent plaque.
Invitation to private meet and greet with the Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.
 

$250 – FRIEND
Recognition in the program at the dedication ceremony.
Invitation to private meet and greet with the Leenhouts family at the dedication ceremony.
 

ALL OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS LEVELS
Recognition in the program at the dedication
ceremony

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

Subscribe

Sign up to hear from us about upcoming events and museum information.

Contact Us

Send us a message.

Find out more ways to help!

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
or you would like to submit a column about
Royal Oak history, or growing up in Royal Oak please contact us.

Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

1411 W Webster Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073

248-439-1501

Hours

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

1 pm to 4 pm

Major Contributors