From Smoke Signals to Smartphones
Oak Historical Society Museum is ringing in the New Year
with an exciting new exhibit titled A journey to the
Smartphone. The display highlights all forms of
communication, from the most rudimentary to recent
developments in digital devices. Attendees will
experience how the apps at our fingertips have roots in
technology such as television, phonographs, telegraphs
The exhibit's theme invites guests to
wander through groupings of unique objects from as far
back as the 1800s. Families are encouraged to attend the
event and take advantage of its teachable moments. Among
displays of radios, cameras and rotary phones, digital
natives will have a clearer view of how technical
advances truly changed lives ... and have a laugh or two
(who knew phones could be shaped like a tennis shoe?)
Ofcourse, no communications exhibit would be
complete without including the rich history of newsprint
Archives of The Daily Tribune are always available for
curious visitors to peruse; the museum boasts issues
from 1926 through 1965. Another permanent fixture at the
museum, the electrified Victrola, will provide a fitting
soundtrack for the interactive exhibit. just ask a
docent to choose from the extensive record collection!
Other must-see pieces include vintage typewriters on
loan from the Berkley Historical Society Museum, a
"magic lantern" and an arrangement of objects
emphasizing the evolution of technology in schools. The
latter offers a rich opportunity for multigenerational
conversations about what students used in classrooms
before the Internet and smartphones. Hint: they balanced
books, brainpower and multiple devices.
to the Smartphone opens in February 2018, with the
Preview Party scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4 from 2 to 5
p.m. No preregistration is required. Admission to the
gala is $5 per person, and free for children 12 and
under. Expect refreshments, beverages, finger foods and
Karen Turk, Volunteer
The Historical Museum is always
photos of Royal Oak, from the 1800's
1980's, to add to our archives. We are
views of businesses, historic homes,
prominent people, and public buildings,
Oak and along historic
If you have any photos to share with us
contact us at the Museum.
via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Strangers in a Box
By Pam Harazim
Come look inside this drawer,
this box I’ve often seen,
At the picture, black and
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I
knew the people
These strangers in the box,
names and all their memories
Are lost among the
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their
I’ll never know their ways.
only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where
These faces of my heritage
Would come to
Could this become the fate
pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
someday you and yours could be
“The Strangers in the