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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.

  • 9 members
  • 3-year term
  • Meets on the 4th Thursday at 7:30pm
 Members Term
Laura Myers - Chairperson 3/31/2020
Stanley Bawol 3/31/2019
Daniel Westendorf - Secretary 3/31/2020
Chris Schroer - Vice Chair 3/31/2020
Sharon Bernath 3/31/2020
Keith Grattan 3/31/2019
Jane Gundlach 3/31/2019
Bernard Wolocko 3/31/2020
Tyler Leitow 3/31/2020

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.

Jean Schornick receives Preservation Award from Farmington Historical Commission

Jean-Schornack-(3).jpgThe Dick Carvell Award was created four years ago to recognize a historic-minded community member who has “demonstrated exceptional commitment to the preservation of Farmington history.”
This year we were pleased to present the Dick Carvell Award to Jean Schornick.
Jean worked closely with Dick Carvell at the Mansion and has been a dedicated volunteer there for more than 15 years.  Jean always used to say that she only wanted to dress up in a Victorian outfit and give tours, but life at the Mansion has progressed way beyond that, now offering many diverse events for community enjoyment and education, and a lot of the Mansion’s success is due to Jean’s hard work and dedication. 
Several years ago a Mansion coordinating committee was established with Jean as one of the six coordinators, helping the Clerk’s office to run the Mansion and its programs.  She is there at every event. Jean keeps a list of all Mansion volunteers and knows whom to call to give a special tour or put out silk spring flowers, decorate for holidays or bring a few dozen cookies for refreshments for an open house.  She writes wonderful, humorous, letters to volunteers asking for assistance or thanking them, in great detail, for a job well-done.   She loves to lend a hand, or a hat, or even a whole Victorian outfit to new volunteers. 
In the last couple of years Jean has really gotten involved with our tea parties and Fashion Show, and has worked hard to host sell-out events.  She loves to make favors, table decorations, menus, and gather and wrap prizes.  Jean can put together a flea market basket, a gift from her basement, some cellophane, and a big bow, and the recipient thinks they are getting something very special.  Well, it is special because it comes from Jean, a friend to all, a very creative and tireless volunteer at the Governor Warner Mansion, and the worthy recipient of this year’s Dick Carvel award.

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