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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
Don Calder Rembering Royal Oak 1938-2006

Volunteer Information

  Special Events

End of the Civil War

Pancake Breakfast

The Royal Oak Historical Society has established an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to assist us in planning for a stable and secure future. Thanks to the tremendous support of our members, our volunteers, and the community at large, our assets have grown thus allowing us to set money aside. In the future, this will create an ongoing source of income to help with the continued expense of maintaining the museum and the possibility of one day needing paid staff.
The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will provide us with professional fund managers who will monitor our assets. They will accept all types of gifts including cash, marketable securities, real estate, insurance, and other non-cash assets. They are also able to provide special recognition for donors who wish to create a named fund for the Society. This foundation comes highly recommended. It provides services to many successful non-profits in southeast Michigan such as the Birmingham Historical Society, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Zoo, United Way of Southeast Michigan, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Common Ground, to name a few.
During the last 12 calendar months, the return on investment with the Community Foundation has been 4.75%. These gains are paid out annually and they can be used to support our general operating budget.
If you have any questions or inquiries about the Community Foundation, feel free to contact me or any other board member. We will be happy to assist you.

Mike Frentz

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

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

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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