Delta Kelly, Barbara Kandarian and Jeanne
Phillips founded the Oakland Township Historical Society in 1974. Our mission is
to gather, interpret and preserve the history of Oakland Township. The
Society leases part of the 16-acre Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District in
township-owned Cranberry Lake Park. The farmstead buildings are
a community historical center for meetings, events and displays of our
collections of township artifacts and used by the Oakland Township Parks &
Recreation Commission. The Farm is
listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has a Michigan Historical
Marker as a designated historic resource.
What We do
- Collect Oakland Township History
- Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District support
- Township-wide farm and barn survey and documentation
- Oral Historic Archive project
- Monthly programs including field trips, a picnic, potlucks, speakers and fun!
- Antique Appraisal
- Greater Rochester
Heritage Days - Memorial Day weekends
- 'A Footpath thru
Goodison History' – a Walking Tour Brochure, $1.00
- 'Oakland Township Heritage & Civil War bus tour' – September 2012, $4.00
- 'Heritage in Oakland
Township' – a booklet, $5.00
- Oakland Township Scenes
note card set by local artist Lyn Sieffert
- 1872 color reproductions
of historical map of Oakland Twp, matted and suitable for framing,
The Society is proud to have
supplied the winning name to Delta Kelly Elementary School.
Society provides excellent programs on the first Wednesday evening of the month. See the map.
trips are scheduled in October and May.
Meeting notices are sent to members with the Oakland Heritage News
fundraisers including Antique Appraisal Day in the
Fall. Members supply a perennial plant sale at the
Rochester Heritage Festival in Rochester Park over Memorial Day weekend
with displays of our local history.
participate in Goodison Good Tyme in September.
Farm and Barn Survey
Our barn survey team has completed
documenting and photographing 62 farmsteads with at least one barn over 50 years
old. A computerized
slide show presentation is available to other groups for a fee of $75. Barn and farm documentation includes site
plans, structural details of barns, and history of the site. It fills 22 notebooks. The MSU Museum requested townships
to complete the Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey because these sites are fast
Oral Histories, Documents and
The Society is recording and transcribing oral
histories of longtime residents and we welcome photographs, documents, household
furnishings, farm tools and other artifacts that reflect our
Currently all stained
glass in the state is being documented by the MSU Museum in the Michigan
Stained Glass Census. We would like to include more stained glass in our township
in this census. So far, the historic Paint Creek Methodist Church windows(left)
and the Paint Creek Cider Mill restaurant windows(right) are in the