Oakland Township, Michigan
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All monthly programs are held on the first Wednesday of each month, unless specifically noted,
at the Cranberry Lake Farm,
384 W. Predmore Rd.
Members and visitors are free. A donation is requested for field trips.

Oakland Township Historical Society board member, Anthony Kowalchick, has assembled shadow boxes containing local historic artifacts and donated them to the Historical Society. Stop by the first floor of the Paint Creek Cider Mill M-F, 8am-4:30pm, to see this display of historic treasures. Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale presenting Anthony Kowalchick with a certificate of appreciation for Oakland Township Historical Society discoveries at Marsh View Park.

2023 Programs

Chair Caning Class 

Dates: Saturdays, March 18, April 1, 15, 22 and 29

Time:  9 AM- 11 AM 

Location: Cranberry Lake Farm Main House

Presented by Jean Kroger

Class size limited to 12

Cost for members $10 to OTHS plus supplies cost

Cost for non-members $15 to OTHS plus supplies cost.

For the March 18th meeting, please bring your chair.  We need to take measurements to order supplies.

Please contact Colleen Barkham at thsbarkham@hotmail.com or call 248-652-0712 to sign up for the class.

Dinner, Drinks, and Program: Michigan Beer History

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 6:00 pm

Location: Fillmore 13 Brewery, 7 North Saginaw, Pontiac, MI  48342

Join us for dinner & beer at 6:00, then at 7:00 head to the lower-level private 'speakeasy' for our program! Michigan has long been called the Great Lakes State, and in recent years, it has also become known as the Great Beer State. During this interactive presentation, hear stories about local brewers, how early immigrants brought their distinctive beer styles from their home countries, how early local brewers made their mark in beer, and how the brewing industry consolidated after World War II. Along the way, participants will discover different styles of beer, from ales to lagers, and learn about the current state of local craft breweries.

Presented by Author Patti F. Smith, a lifelong Michigan resident, craft beer drinker, and enthusiast. She lives with her husband in Ann Arbor where she teaches school, tells stories, writes, and occasionally brews her own beer.

Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District Open House

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 11am - 2pm

Location: 384 West Predmore Road, Oakland, MI  48363

Field Trip - TBD

May 2023

Field Trip - Joint outing with Rochester Avon Historical Society

Potluck, Election and Program

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 6:30pm

Cranberry Lake Farm Flumerfelt Barn
384 W Predmore Rd, Oakland, MI (map)

Spring Pot-Luck Dinner, Annual Membership Meeting, Elections and Program -   by Carol Bacak-Egbo.
Beginning with Native American trails and continuing through the development of the Snyder and Shoemaker farms as well as the Buhl family estate, Addison Oaks County Park has an amazing history. It includes the stories of resilient farmers, a questionable marriage and a governess from France. 
Carol Bacak-Egbo is a historian, researcher, educator and strong advocate for the appreciation and preservation of local history. She is the historian and archaeology consultant for Oakland County Parks and Recreation and a Commissioner on the Oakland County Historical Commission. Her current research projects include the Underground Railroad in Oakland County, the history of Rose Township, African American History in Oakland County 1820-1860 and the transition from carriages to cars in Pontiac, Michigan. She has won several history-related awards and is known for her engaging presentations.


Square Dance at Cranberry Lake Farm

 Sept  2023

Flumerfelt Flea Barn Sale

Sept 2023 

Cranberry Lake Farm, 384 W. Predmore Road
If you have items to donate to the sale (antiques, collectables, rustic, household, old tools, lamps, furniture and more)
please contact Colleen Barkham at 248-652-0712 or thsbarkham@hotmail.com.

Goodison Good Tyme

Sept 2023

Down on the Farm

 Oct  2023

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