Michigan's Connection to the Polar Express Dean Pyers, a volunteer with the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso will talk about how one of Michigan's historic trains served as the inspiration for the train featured in the movie The Polar Express. He will cover the history of the locomotive, a bit about the railroads in Michigan, the history of the group that now owns & operates 1225, and his involvement with the Polar Express movie.
The History of Oakland University Dominique Daniel is an associate professor at Oakland University and author of the new book, Oakland University. The book includes many historic photographs and serves as a contribution to the celebration of Oakland University's 60th anniversary in 2017. Daniel will summarize the establishment of the university on the Meadow Brook Estate in the late 1950s and the growth of the campus, as well as its significance in this part of Oakland County. She'll highlight some stories from the book, and provide some "behind the scenes" explanation about how she selected photographs from the Oakland University archives' huge collections. She'll showcase some collections and services of Archives and Special Collections at Oakland University, especially the recent acquisition of the entire archive of the Oakland Press and other collections documenting the history of the area.