The Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society seeks to bring together people interested in local history and genealogy. The RHGS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Society offers programs every third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Library’s Erin Auditorium (except for July, August and December). Check the Library’s calendar for information on each month’s event. Our programs are open to the public with refreshments following the program.
Become a Member
Join the historical society and you will also receive the society newsletter filled with local genealogy and history related events in our area. Click here for an application.
Membership fees are:
Detroit’s Own Polar Bear Soldiers of WWI With Mike Grobbel
Tuesday, May 21 @ 6:00 PM
One hundred years ago during the winter of 1918-1919, 5,200 U.S. soldiers – the majority of them from Michigan – were stranded in a sub-arctic region of North Russia, engaged in bitter combat with the Bolshevik Red Army. They had arrived in Archangel, Russia on September 4, 1918 and their battles continued long after the Armistice was signed on November 11th. Eventually they were withdrawn from this obscure military intervention in June of 1919, but not before 230 men lost their lives.
Today the “Polar Bears” are no longer with us, but they and their service to our country have not been forgotten. Their war dead are memorialized with a monument at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI, where they are commemorated annually with a Memorial Day service conducted by the Polar Bear Memorial Association.
Join us to hear Mike Grobbel, president of the Polar Bear Memorial Association, tell the story of the men of the American North Russia Expeditionary Force that included his own grandfather.
President, Pat Chownyk
Vice President, John Schober
Recording Secretary, Gail Elliott
Treasurer, Janice Carter
Director, Ann Spybrook
Director, Diane Borza
Director, Kenneth Schramm
Erin Township Records Project
RHGS maintains the Erin Township Records. This is a database of early Erin Township accounts that are available on microfiche and is searched by surname.
Local History Search
There are more than 10,000 historic images, newspaper, historic documents and oral histories that are available in a search through the library catalogue. Click here to view a flyer explaining how to use the “Local History Search”.
Due to the fragile and/or rare nature of our local yearbook collection, there is a special procedure to access these materials. Click here for the use procedure and a current listing of available yearbooks to view in the library.