Historical Commission

Since 1983, the Novi Historical Commission has worked in partnership with the City of Novi, Novi Public Library, educators, and others to provide programs and services concerning the history of our community. The collection and preservation of the history of Novi is being accomplished through the solicitation of donated documents, photographs, and recorded personal experiences. The Commission’s work includes the development of presentations, exhibits, and events that showcase the over 180 year history of Novi. The Novi Historical Commission is located within the Novi Public Library and offers open office hours in the Local History Room on the first and third Mondays of each month.

 Historical Commission Resource Management Plan Memo
 Historical Commission Resource Management Plan

Villa Barr Tales, Trails, and Details

Villa Barr Tales, Trails and Details book coverThe Novi Historical Commission is selling, Villa Barr Tales, Trails, and Details by world renowned artist David Barr. Books are selling for $20 and are available to purchase at the Novi Library check-out desk in the main lobby.

This book is the story of the home, grounds and sculpture of Villa Barr, Novi’s Cultural Education Center.

Historical Commission Members

Kathy Crawford
John MacInnis
Tammy-Lee Knopp
Rachel Manela
Kim Nice

Staff Liaisons:
Julie Farkas
Betty Lang

Historical Commission 2017 Meeting Schedule

January 25
February 22
March 22
April 26
May 24
June 28
July 26
August 23
September 27
October 25
November 21 (Tuesday)
December (no meeting)

Historical Commission 2016 Meeting Schedule

January 27   Agenda   Minutes
March 2   Agenda   Minutes
March 23   Agenda   Minutes
April 27   Agenda   Minutes
May 25   Agenda  Minutes
June 22 - cancelled
July 27  Agenda  Minutes
August 24  Agenda   Minutes
September 28  Agenda   Minutes
October 26  Agenda   Minutes
November 22 (Tuesday)
December 22  Agenda   Minutes

Click here for 2012-2015 Meeting Archive.

Local History Office Hours

Meet members of the Novi Historical Commission, tour the Local History Room, and receive research assistance on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Office Hours:

Mondays, 12-2pm
Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, 2017

Mondays, 6-8pm
Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, 2017

Recent Events

Taking Novi’s local history to various groups within the community, Kathy Crawford, Historical Commission Chair, presented a program at Fox Run. Over 200 people attended to hear about the Walled Lake Amusement Park and Casino. She will repeat this program at Novi Library on Thursday, October 20, and at the Novi Rotary on Thursday, October 27, 12 noon at Suburban Showplace.

Walled Lake Amusement Park and Casino plaque Walled Lake Amusement Park and Casino Flyers and Brochures
Kathy Crawford with program participants Program participants walking around room with Walled Lake Amusement Park and Casino displays

Upcoming Events

The Dames of Detroit - CANCELLED

Thursday, 7-8:45pm Mar 2, 2017

Age: 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: Dec 1
Registration Ends: When Filled
Location: Whole Meeting Room

Recent Projects Completed

Motorcities Marker Kiosk Motorcities logo Motorcities Marker
Click here to see the Markers

The Novi Historical Commission has designed eight Motorcities Markers commemorating historic areas in the city. This project is part of the Motorcities National Heritage Area, which “preserves the cultural and historic landscapes associated with the automobile in Southeastern and Central Michigan.

DAR Honors a Patriot

At Novi Cemetery, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the grave dedication ceremony for Patriot Hooper Bishop, a veteran of the American Revolution. He was born in 1762, and at age 75, moved to Michigan with his son, Levi. Hooper Bishop died at the age of 99.

DAR Ceremony  DAR Ceremony

Click here for additional pictures of the ceremony.

Baseline Project

Baseline Dedication Baseline Dedication

Located in the ITC Community Sports Park at Eight Mile and Napier Roads, the Baseline Marker is the third in the series designed by Novi Artist, David Barr. The marker was created in cooperation with several organizations and individuals in the Novi area and had significant funding support from the Americana Foundation. Dedicated in 2011, Novi's obelisk has key elements depicting Novi's farm and fruit growing origins, the railroad, Grand River Avenue, and other early modes of transportation essential to Novi's economy, as well as Novi's transition to a recreation destination for Detroit.

   Brochure - Coasting the Baseline
   Final Obelisk Design


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