Recalling Royal Oak: Book Signing
Mon, Apr 26
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Want to learn more about the history of Royal Oak? Join us on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 PM in the Friend’s Auditorium for an evening of memories and nostalgia as authors Maureen McDonald and John S. Schultz discuss their new book Royal Oak. The book will be published on April 5 by Arcadia Publishing.
Stories describe Michigan's first governor, Lewis Cass, signing a treaty with the Chippewa in 1819 and resting nearby with companions under a swamp oak a few miles north of Detroit. Cass told the story of Prince Charles II, who took refuge in 1651 under a mighty oak tree after the Battle of Worcester and lived to be crowned king. Cass later designated the locality, including the southernmost townships in Oakland County, as Royal Oak. This sector became a village in 1891 and a city in 1921. Strong roots have helped the "City of Trees" maintain its viability through the years.
Home to William Beaumont Hospital, assorted high-tech graphic and sound studios, and a world-class zoo, today Royal Oak draws people into its pedestrian-friendly downtown for an eclectic mix of bars, sidewalk cafés, boutiques, theaters, and upscale lofts. The book also includes historical detail on well known Royal Oak residents such as Fr. Coughlin, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Marshall M. Fredericks, and Michigan Developer Jack Hanna along with critical events such as the opening of I-696, the revival of the Washington Square Building and the quintuplets that were born at Beaumont Hospital.
Registration preferred. Fill out the form below or call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.
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