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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

Cemetery Map

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 written by world renowned artist David Barr. Books can be purchased for $20.00 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.

Blast From The Past

1926 Car with Walled Lake Wheel Cover

Kathy Crawford, the Local History Chair, recently received this email and picture from a car buff living in Ottawa Canada. “I thought that you would enjoy seeing this original tire cover I have on the back of my Franklin Touring 1926. Pierce Management sold this promotion item in 1930 (made by G.H. Robinson Co. Chicago). This was on the original spare balloon tire when I bought the car from Quebec City. I guess the family bragged about their trip to Walled Lake. I ride my car a lot in Ottawa and I get lots of comments about the tire cover.

Local History Office Hours

Mondays, 12-2pm (First Monday of the Month)
Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2

Mondays, 6-8pm (Third Monday of the Month)
Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, Jun 17, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

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.  July and August by appointment.

Age: 16+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: No Registration
Location: Local History Room

Historical Commission Members

Tom Alexandris
Kathy Crawford
Tammy-Lee Knopp
Rachel Manela
Kim Nice
Dhara Sanghavi
Kelly Kasper

Staff Liaisons:
Julie Farkas
Betty Lang

Contact Us

For more information, or questions about the Historical Commission, please contact us.

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