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.
Historical Glass Etchings
The 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
2013 Meeting Schedule
2012 Meeting Schedule
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.
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. Contact the Novi Historical Commission Chairperson at the Novi Public Library at 248-349-0720 for additional information.
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 1955-57. 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.
Would you like to volunteer to help with Local History projects? Do you have questions or comments? Contact Us.