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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 2018.


Remembering Royal Oak

Union School Bell

Guest Column
You're an Old Royal Oaker if...

Volunteer Information

  Special Events

End of the Civil War

Pancake Breakfast

The Museum will be closed to visitors until August 3rd.

Click here to register


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

Click here for more infromation and to make a dontation.


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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