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The American civil war
then and now
CIVIL WAR ERA PHOTOS...blended-in with Today's images...at the same, exact locations...totally amazing
Don't forget to listen to the narratives..................

End of the Civil War
Exhibit Runs through mid-May.

Sponsored by


President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln
Presented by
A Lincoln Style

Teaching Royal Oak History...
I began my Royal Oak teaching career at Whittier Elementary in 1989.
I am now a 3rd grade teacher at Keller Elementary. This is a brief description of how I have taught Royal Oak history to my students.

At Whittier we had a Royal Oak teaching kit. These kits were put together years ago. They contain slides, tapes, maps, and a notebook detailing information about

Royal Oak. Of course today we make use of the excellent Royal Oak website. We do a variety of reading, writing, and social studies activities. Eventually we usually have a Field Trip to

the John Almon Starr House,

the Orson Starr House

and the Royal Oak Cemetery.

In that original teaching kit I came across a brochure describing the
graves/history of Royal Oak and St. Mary's Cemetery.

As the students read the cemetery brochure they chose a pioneer that they would like to learn more about and present a short biography of that person at our presentation of Royal Oak History for parents.

At that presentation we usually have a Royal Oak Timeline displayed as well as a large mural depicting Royal Oak as the children envisioned it in the pioneer days based on what they have learned. We also do a series of "Did you Knows?", and the students state facts about Royal Oak History.

Our Social Studies Curriculum is constantly evolving as we meet the Benchmarks of the State Curriculum. Today, a large part of the 3rd grade curriculum involves the study of all of Michigan, with a focus on significant people in Royal Oak and Michigan history. The study of Royal Oak as a "community is now in 2nd grade.

I find the Royal Oak History unit so valuable in many ways, and every class I have ever done it with has loved it. They become so excited about history in general as it becomes very personal and familiar to them in terms of their community. They have a great time figuring out how many of them (as pioneers) are related,
for instance, the various Starr family members.

And in the course of examining those relationships, an interesting study of dates (great math opportunity) comes about. Putting "their people" into the timeline of events also brings about great discussions of how people made a living and the economic forces that influenced their lives.

All the strands of our Social Studies Curriculum (Geography, Civics,
History, and Economics) seem to find a happy home in Royal Oak studies!

Mary Chisholm
3rd Grade Teacher, Keller Elementary

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We are happy to accommodate Boy and
Girl Scout troops, Cub Scouts, and
Brownies for private tours.  The Museum is a great learning activity for the Classroom or any
Club or Organization.
To arrange for a group tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays please contact
the Curator by phone,
248-439-1501 or email curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org

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
please contact us at the Museum. 

248.439.1501 or via email at: curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org

If you would like to submit a column about
Royal Oak history, or growing up in Royal Oak
please contact Muriel by phone at 248.439.1501 or
via email at:

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