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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
Laura Myers - Chairperson 3/31/2017
Todd Huffman - Treasurer 3/31/2016
Daniel Westendorf - Secretary 3/31/2017
Chris Schroer - Vice Chair 3/31/2017
Sharon Bernath 3/31/2017
Keith Grattan 3/31/2016
Jane Gundlach 3/31/2016

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.

Joanne McShane receives Preservation Award from Farmington Historical Commission

Kathleen McShane receiving the Dick Carvell AwardJoanne McShane receives Preservation Award from Farmington Historical Commission] Two years ago the Farmington Historical Commission created the Dick Carvell Award to recognize people in the community who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the preservation of Farmington history. This year we were very pleased to present that award to JoAnne McShane.

JoAnne recently retired after 26 years on City Council, also serving as mayor. During her years on council JoAnne often spoke out in favor of maintaining the historic character of our downtown and surrounding neighborhood. She and her husband have “walked the walk” by renovating a lovely historic home on Shiawassee and a storefront on Grand River. She has also been a regular at the Governor Warner Mansion, involved in its early planning and development and making frequent appearances at the mansion’s porch parties, teas and open house events. Her passion for preservation, fostering and encouraging other community leaders, and planning for a future that honors the past has made a difference to the entire community.

The award was presented December 1 at the City of Farmington’s annual Christmas party at the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club. The award is named for Dick Carvell, who passed away in 2008. He was a 30 year Historical Commission member and very much a part of the development, maintenance, and operation of the Governor Warner Mansion in Farmington from its inception in 1980.

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