Local History Room

Novi Historical Commission Programs


How did Novi get its name? Who lived here in the early 1900’s & what did they do to make a living? Old photos and documents will be displayed as well as information provided by people whose families lived here at that time. Refreshments will be provided and a door prize will be raffled off.

Date Day Time Age
Apr 3 Thu 7-8:30pm 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: Dec 1
Location: Whole Meeting Room
Registration Ends: When Program is Filled



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

Date Day Time Age
Apr 7, 21 Mon 12-2pm 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: No Registration
Location: Local History Room

The purpose of the Local History Room is to provide materials that record the history and development of Novi Michigan, greater Oakland County, and surrounding areas as they pertain to Novi’s past boundaries. Michigan materials will be limited to those relating to the formation of Novi’s history.

 Local History Room Brochure
 Local History Room Policies / Deed of Gift

Historical Glass Etchings

History RoomThe new Historical Glass Etchings are located in the Local History Room on the 2nd floor of the Library.  This display includes 7 beautifully crafted historical landmarks from around Novi. Local artists, Ryan and Mindy Trainer, were responsible for creating these pieces. The etchings represent The Methodist Church (1876), Walled Lake Park (1929), Novi Town Hall (1876), Bassett Home (1845), Novi Special (1941-1965), and the Train Station (1870).  This artwork was made possible through the generous support of the Novi Historical Commission.

To view the artwork, please see a Librarian on the 2nd floor of the Library for access to the Local History Room.


Novi Historical Commission

Since 1986, 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.

Novi Historical Commission Meetings are held at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM in the Local History Room, on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 22 printer-friendly Agenda  printer-friendly Minutes
February 26 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
March 26 printer-friendly Agenda
April  23  16
May 28
June 25
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26
December: No meeting scheduled

2013 Meeting Schedule

January 23  printer-friendly Minutes
February 27  printer-friendly Minutes
March 27 printer-friendly Minutes
April 24 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
May 22 May 15, Rm 237 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
June 26 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
July 24  July 23 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
August 28 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
September 25 printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
October 23 printer-friendly Agenda  printer-friendly Minutes
Nov 27 - Dec 4  printer-friendly Agenda printer-friendly Minutes
December: No meeting scheduled

2012 Meeting Schedule

January 25 printer-friendly Minutes
February 24 printer-friendly Minutes
March 28 printer-friendly Minutes
April 25 printer-friendly Minutes
May 23 printer-friendly Minutes
June 27 July 2 printer-friendly Minutes
July 25 printer-friendly Minutes
August 22 printer-friendly Minutes
September 26 printer-friendly Minutes
October 24 printer-friendly Minutes
November 28 printer-friendly Minutes
December: No meeting scheduled

Corner of Novi Road and Grand River Avenue
Corner of Novi Road and Grand River Avenue
(Goddell's General Store, Baptist Church, township Hall and a residence)
(click here to see larger image)
Moeren's General Store
M. J. Moeren's General Store
(click here to see larger image)
Novi Garage and Gas Station
Novi Garage and Gas Station
(click here to see larger image)


Historical Commission Members

Member Term Expires
Lynne Boyle 1/1/16
Kathy Crawford 1/1/16
John Macinnis 1/1/15
Roy A. Prentice 1/1/14
Vacancy 1/1/15
Student Representatives - 2 Year Terms:
Namratha Atluri 6/1/14
Meenakshi Seetharaman 6/1/15


Historical Sites

Take a step back in time.  Check out some of Novi's Historical Sites.  

Also visit the City of Novi's Interactive Mapping Portal to view information about historical sites in Novi.


Baseline Project

baseline dedication ceremonyLocated 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.  Contact the Novi Historical Commission Chairperson at the Novi Public Library at 248-349-0720 for additional information.

printer-friendly  Brochure - Coasting the Baseline
printer-friendly  Final Obelisk Design
 Baseline Marker Dedication City Snapshot (image slideshow)


Genealogy Websites

Click here to go to useful genealogy websites!


Fuerst Family

Click here to read about the Fuerst family and their farm.  This information was researched and designed by Kathleen Mutch, Novi Historical Commission, 1989 - 2009 .  Additional information on the current use of the farm is coming soon! 


Novi News Archive

Access searchable full-text issues of the Novi News from 1955-66.  This page will ultimately provide access to nearly every year of the Novi News.  Please check back for additional issues as they become available.  Click here to go to the Novi News Archive page.


Contact Us

Would you like to volunteer to help with Local History projects? Do you have questions or comments?  Contact Us.