Sponsored by Oakmont Manor and Oakmont Sterling
Join us on select Thursdays each month at 2:00pm for history talks led by guest presenters or Village staff on a variety of topics, while enjoying a cup of tea and a sweet treat (sugar-free and gluten-free options are available). Program is held inside Old Troy Church on our site. If you have accessibility questions, please contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help! Scroll down to register online or call 248-524-3570 to register and pay over the phone.
Troy Historical Society Member: $9
Oakmont Resident: $9
September 28: Reaching for the Stars: The Art and Architecture of the Michigan State Capitol
When Michigan built its present Capitol in the 1870s, the men and women of our state did more than just build a building. They created an architectural and artistic masterpiece designed to inspire the people working in it to strive for a better future. Throughout the decades, dozens of artists have carefully decorated and preserved a variety of motifs inside the Capitol building, including starry skies, classical antiquities, natural flora, Eastern and Egyptian motifs, and American patriotic symbols. Be inspired by our Capitol’s beautiful art and architecture – and learn more about its origins, creators, and ongoing preservation – with this program by Michigan State Capitol Historian and Curator Valerie Marvin.
October 26: Guardians of Michigan
Historian and photographer Jeff Morrison presents more than 250 spectacular pictures of interesting architectural sculpture found on buildings throughout Michigan, from Ann Arbor to Ontonagon and all points in between. Learn about the symbolism behind the sculpture and hear some of the untold stories of the artists, artisans, and architects involved in the creation of these wonderful structures and the unique art that adorns them. There will be time for Q&A and both of Jeff’s award-winning books – Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City and Guardians of Michigan: Architectural Sculpture of the Pleasant Peninsulas – will be available for sale after the presentation.
November 16: Making Waves
By the late 1800s, Michigan designers, builders, and engine makers were already producing some of the fastest and most innovative boats ever created. More than just revolutionizing recreational boating, Michigan boat builders also left their mark on history—from developing the speedy runabouts favored by illicit rumrunners during the Prohibition era to creating the landing craft that carried Allied forces to shores in Europe and the Pacific in WWII. Author and retired Michigan History Museum Curator of Collections Scott Peters shares the story of our state’s boat-building industry.