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
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.
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: email@example.com
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