The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum at the Northwood Firestation

Normal Museum hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays:
1 pm to 4 pm

248-439-1501

  

 

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BILLY DURANT, FOUNDER OF GENERAL MOTORS

A one-hour presentation with visuals by Russell Doré, automotive presenter. 

He is a Board Member of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a member of the Henry Ford Heritage Association and the Northville Historical Society. He holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the social sciences.

Friday, August 23rd, 2019, 7:00 pm.

Limited to 25 people

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WALTER CHRYSLER, HIS COMPANY & HIS LIFE

A one-hour presentation with visuals by Russell Doré, automotive presenter. 

He is a Board Member of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a member of the Henry Ford Heritage Association and the Northville Historical Society. He holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the social sciences.

Friday, September 20th, 2019, 7:00 pm.

Limited to 25 people

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Upcoming Museum Exhibits

Concept Art - Woodward Memories

Exhibit runs thru September 22nd during our normal Museum hours.  

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Site Content

The Museum Archives

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Articles by our Curator Muriel Versagi about the many collections of historical documents and records about Royal Oak, Royal Oak businesses and the people of Royal Oak. 

Read Articles

Remembering Royal Oak

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

Read Stories

Union School Bell

Royal Oak Union School Bell

About the bell

Newsletter Archives

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A chronological list of our most recent published newsletters.

Our Newsletters

Our Photo Gallery

People of Royal Oak

Business Owners of Royal Oak, MI circa 1900

The People

Royal Oak's Kit Houses

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View The Houses

2019 Car Show Cars

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View the Cars

Concept Art and Woodward Memories Exhibit

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View the Exhibit

Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

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The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is a 501(c)3
 non profit organization
run by volunteers and funded solely by donations. 

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About Us

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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