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.
Villa Barr Tales, Trails, and Details
The 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
Historical Commission 2017 Meeting Schedule
Historical Commission 2016 Meeting Schedule
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.
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.
The Dames of Detroit
Thursday, 7-8:45pm Mar 2, 2017
Recent Projects Completed
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.
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.
For more information, or questions about the Historical Commission, please contact us.