In 1997, the Royal Oak Historic District Study Committee and the Royal Oak Historical Commission sought a location to house the city’s collection of historical objects which were dispersed between the library and the Starr House. The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum was also seeking a permanent home for its collection. In 2003, the Royal Oak School District agreed to allow the Society to display artifacts in the Churchill Community Center. In March 2004, five women – Agnes Buhalski, Pat Eaves, Bonnie Linehan, Blanche Myerhovern Roth, and Muriel Versagi – each contributed funds to purchase the collection of Bill Rasmussen. This collection formed the nucleus of the museum. In 2009, the city of Royal Oak entered into an agreement with the Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum to lease the Northwood Fire Station (Webster Street Fire Station #2) as its permanent home.