Royal Oak houses its past in old firehouse

The Royal Oak Historical Museum is moving to the former Northwood Fire Station.


January is moving month for the Royal Oak Historical Museum.

The nearly 6-year-old museum is leaving its 900-square-foot room in the Churchill Community Center and going to its own 4,000-square-foot digs at the former Northwood Fire Station by the end of month.

The new facility will offer more room for history exhibits year-round.

“We are very excited about the changes ahead and have been looking forward to having our own dedicated space for some time,” said Muriel Versagi, curator of the museum.

Officials struck a deal in October 2007 with Royal Oak City commissioners for a five-year renewable lease at the Northwood station for $1 annually and the payment of utilities. A $132,000 block grant acquired in 2008 has helped renovate the facility that will house the more than 10,000 Royal Oak historical artifacts used for exhibits, Versagi said.

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