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Historical Commission

The Historical Commission was established by the City of Farmington in 1973 for the following purpose: 1) to safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving the cultural, social, economic, political and architectural elements having historic significance; 2) to stabilize and improve property values in such districts; 3) to foster and promote civic beautification with emphasis on historical significance; 4) to promote the use of local history for education, pleasure and the welfare of the citizens of the City; and 5) to encourage the collection of records and objects which interpret the history of Farmington, and cooperate in the establishment and operation of a museum or other appropriate center for custody and display of such items. The Historical Commission, consisting of nine members, meets on a monthly basis.

  • 7 members
  • 3-year term
  • Meets on the 4th Thursday at 7 p.m.
 Members Term
Laura Myers - Chairperson 3/31/2023
Kevin Parkins 3/31/2025
Ben Ridderbos 3/31/2023
Rudy Wengorovius 3/31/2022
Jane Gundlach 3/31/2022
Jill Keller 3/31/2023
Robert Senn 3/31/2023

Dick Carvell Award

The Dick Carvell Award is given to a person who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the preservation of Farmington history, by service on the Historical Commission and/or at the Governor Warner Mansion or in another capacity, living or posthumously.

Laura Myers receives Preservation Award from Farmington Historical Commission

This year we had the honor of presenting the Dick Carvell Awardto someone Laura Myers, the Historical Commission chairperson. For the past two years she has led several projects - a computerized inventory of items at the Warner Mansion, a report on the buildings in the Historic District, and sorting materials in the Heritage Room at the 12 Mile Library.

Laura grew up in Southfield, but had a long connection with Farmington and visited often. The family friends who introduced her parents lived near Farmington High School. She came to Farmington to shop - Scott Colburn’s when it was still downtown, a favorite fabric store and a dress shop in the Downtown Center, the Winklemans out at Halsted and Grand River.

She boarded her horse in Novi and would ride in with her friends to march in the Founders Festival parades back in the 1960s. But she was not a history buff. Not yet. It was on their way home from the Festival in 1981 that Laura and Joe first spotted the house on Shiawassee that would become their home. Ooh, she said, look at that place! AND, it was for sale, but for too much. Laura and Joe took a look anyway. They fell in love with the house AND they ended up being the only bidders; no one was buying houses in 1981. Curiosity about the house and the families who lived there led her to the Farmington Historical Society and introduced her to many of the talented people who developed our National Historic District and the Warner Mansion. Family vacations became trips to old house museums and battlefields. History books filled her bookshelves. She developed an interest in family history and took up quilting and canning and repairing old furniture. Auctions were her weekend amusement.

Laura hopes that her passion for history will rub off on a new generation of Farmington citizens. When you understand and appreciate the past, it helps you prepare for the future.

For more information contact:
Laura Myers
Chair, Farmington Historical Commission
248-622-8047 (c), 248-477-0894 (h)

Historical Commission Resources

Click here for Agendas and Minutes

 Staff Liaisons and Contacts  
Kevin Christiansen, Economic and Community Development Director 248-474-5500 x2226