Flat Rock Historical Society
P.O. Box 337 Nov., 2008 Flat Rock, MI 48134 Annual Christmas Party
The annual Christmas Party and General Membership Meeting will be at the Museum on Sunday, Dec. 14th, from 5:00 to 8 pm (after the December open house). There will be an antique toy display along with other holiday Christmas decorations. We also have a distinctive issue of a 1928 Huron Valley Sentinel with a full page color picture of Santa. The Society will provide ham and turkey; please bring a dish to share and call MaryLou to coordinate the food. Helping Hands needs everyone‟s help this year, so we are asking you to bring winter wear (men‟s, women‟s, children‟s) and personal hygiene items (toothpaste and brushes, toilet paper, soap, etc.) that you can spare. Business to be carried out includes approval of next year„s slate of officers and a couple of other items. If anyone else would consider being on the Board, please call Don Fesko before the party. Although we have a full slate, we would like to have some new faces on the Board. An easy way to get started is to volunteer for a Trustee position, which would familiarize you with what the Board does. We also need a Membership chairperson, which is an appointed position, to keep the roster current. We‟re also looking for volunteers to serve on the Membership and Volunteer Recognition committees. For more information, call Cindy or Don Fesko.
Nominations to date
Pres: CindyFesko V-P: Don Fesko Treas: Carol Klingel Rec Sec: Dave Maurer Corr Sec: MaryLou Cornwell Trustee(3 yr): Lila Fedokovitz Trustee(3 yr): Barb Fedon Note: Phyllis Dasher and Gertie Younglove have 1 year left of their 3-year terms. Dawn Bartok and Joanne Mittlestat have 2 years left.
Remember, membership dues are due at the end of the year. Gertie Younglove is temporarily serving as the membership chair person and is collecting them. You can mail them to the above P.O. box.
The Soroptomists are having their Flat Rock Holiday Tour Saturday, Dec. 6th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Library will be open to handle registration and the tour includes the Hotel with a 1 day only Vintage Christmas display with a performance by members of the Seaway Choral at 3 pm. The new Model Train Museum, the renovated old fire station in S. Rockwood, and several houses are on the Tour. You will need a ticket to go in the Hotel that day.
We have changing exhibits every month. The Museum is open the second Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 pm. And we always need volunteers to act as hosts. Sunday, Dec. 14th: we will have our Holiday
Open House which will include some of Tom Stone‟s antique toy collection as well as other old time Christmas memorabilia, quilts and toys. Please pass it on to family and friends. January: “A Woman‟s Work is Never Done” February: Valentine‟s Day theme. March: Vintage Radios April: Easter We continue to look for exhibits. Do you have a collection that you would like to share?
12 - 4. We can also make arrangements for other hours and will help you with your charts. Help is needed to staff the Local History Room during open hours. Please call Lila.
This month, the City of Flat Rock officially thanked The Historical Society and Richard Porath and helpers for the restoration of the exterior of the DT&I Caboose in Community Park. Richard is not done yet, though. He is planning to restore the interior as well, including installing an authentic DT&I caboose coal stove.
To all the individuals and groups that helped with the Fall Flea Market to make it a terrific success. Smith family for furniture, photographs and items from Walter‟s home and a cash donation Walter Masson for restoring and donating furniture for the Hotel Klingels for a clock for the Hotel All the men that helped out with the Veterans‟ Day exhibit Marrs Dunne for an extensive collection of Huron Valley Sentinel Newspapers from the 20s to the 40s Sandy Robins, Phyllis Dasher and Mary Lou for needlework displays Sandy Robins for a child‟s wheelbarrow Flat Rock Garden Club for decorating the Hotel Christmas tree Veterans‟ Glass, Inc. for plexiglass for the Caboose Paul Schafer for a coal stove for the caboose Fred Watson for loan of two console radios in Hotel Bart Zichichi for 1930s stove Sue McGill for vintage toys Lee Bobcean for vintage clothes Bob Ramsey for umbrella stand, table leaves Glen Hoffman for vintage furniture, and a multitude of household and farm items
Museum Adventure Passes
are available at the Flat Rock Library. Passes for 2-4 people are available for many local museums. You check out a pass at the desk for seven days and then go to the museum free. The program was supposed to expire in October, it has been renewed. Details are available at www.detroitadventurepass.org or at the Library. All you need is a valid library card.
This fall, the yard between the Hotel, Wagar House and Museum was re-graded and a brick walkway laid that is just beautiful. Also the electrical work upstairs was completed. In December, the upstairs will be refinished. A number of photographs of Walter‟s family have been hung in the Hotel and several pieces of antique furniture have been added (some of it
Local History Room
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Walter‟s). The donation from the Smith family was used to reupholster a fainting couch from Walter‟s home. Special thanks go to Ron Klingel for taking care of the Hotel as well as maintaining the lawns, clearing sidewalks, and keeping up the original Vreeland Cemetery. The Hotel is open once a month with the Museum (2nd Sunday). Usually Root Beer Floats can be obtained for a dollar. Come and visit.