Message from the Executive Director

John Dodge, Matilda Dodge Wilson and Alfred Wilson lived and helped to define the American dream – a dream that the Wilsons ultimately passed along to countless young people through their founding of Oakland University.  Their stories, and the lessons that can be learned from them, can best be preserved, examined, interpreted, retold and shared at the source.

The impact of Meadow Brook Estate

In case you are not that familiar with the property, I encourage you to consider the following facts:

  • The Meadow Brook Estate, including farm buildings, is a National Historic Landmark.
  • Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth largest historic house museum.
  • The Hall is renowned as one of the finest extant examples of Tudor-Revival domestic architecture in the United States.
  • The Hall’s extensive collections (exceeding 75,000 pieces) of art, furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles and costumes are highly valued for being original to the house as well as for their intrinsic value.
  • Dodge and Wilson family and Dodge Motor Car Company archival materials, including a large collection of building and detail blueprints, are an invaluable research resource.
  • As the educational cornerstone of Oakland University, The Hall serves the campus of 20,000+ students and faculty and an international research community as a robust cultural and historical center.
  • By openly sharing the property, The Hall is a vital cultural asset to the community.

Join us

I invite you to join us in our educational mission and support Meadow Brook by volunteering, attending one of our community programs or becoming a member of our Friends organization or Cornerstone giving society.  Your involvement will be both rewarding and much appreciated.


Geoff Upward

Executive Director