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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.

Local History Room Hours

Mondays, 12-2pm (First Monday of the Month)
Nov 4, Dec 2

Mondays, 6-8pm (Third Monday of the Month)
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.  Open office hours not available in July or August.  If you would like to visit during non-open office hours please contact Staff Liaison Betty Lang for an 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

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

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