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Welcome to our website www.shelbyhistory.com

Shelby township is a growing and diverse community. An 1822 farmhouse, the township's oldest remaining structure, stands proudly amidst the townhip's newest homes. One of the nation's most ambitious canal projects, the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, runs through the township. An 1871 schoolhouse, the Andrews School Museum provides a unique learning experience for residents of all ages. Shelby Township was surveyed and opened for general land sales in 1818. A township goverment was organized in 1827. The settlement of Disco at the crossroads of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke, began in the 1830s and was a busy community. The 1928 Packard Proving Grounds, an engineering marvel, graces Van Dyke Avenue.

Why Preserve ? Historic preservation is about enjoyment, education, and economic advantage. When we know our history, we understand ourselves and our community. History provides us with common values, enables us to plan intelligently, and enriches our lives. We owe it to future generations to preserve the evidence of our past.

MACOMB COUNTY MASTER CEMETERY INDEX

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HISTORIC MARKER APPLICATION

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SEARCH MACOMB COUNTY PHOTO ARCHIVE

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1859 MAP OF MACOMB & ST.CLAIR

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Historic Hope Chapel Ready for Community Use

Preserving the Past for the Future

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PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS RECENT EVENT PHOTOS

Our Mission

Our Mission is to document the history of Shelby Township, Michigan and to organize and preserve historic structures, artifacts and personal recollections of Shelby Township. The Shelby Township Historical Committee welcomes residents and non-residents who are interested in local history or have information to share. Donations and loans to our historical archives are welcomed. Meetings are held at 6:30 P.M. on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, in the Andrews Schoolhouse/Museum at 52700 Van Dyke ( Shelby Township Municipal Campus)







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NEW BOOK ON SHELBY HISTORY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Arcadia Publishing’s newest book in its Images of America series is called Shelby Township and will be available at local bookstores in December 2010.   The book, written by committee member Hilary Davis, is filled with over 200 captioned images that tell the story of Shelby Township from its beginnings in 1818 through the 1970s.  It chronicles the development of the township into a quiet rural landscape dotted with farms and villages followed by the rapid change into the bustling suburban community we live in today.

 The book features chapters on the early settlement of the township, the families and farms that fostered its growth and prosperity, and the development of schools, transportation, and centers of commerce.  One chapter is devoted to the rise and fall of the Packard Proving Grounds and another to the rich history of Spring Hill Farm, which includes a stop on the Underground Railroad, a country retreat for boxer Joe Louis, and the site of a Cold War missile base.

 Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to local charities including the Packard Motor Car Foundation for the restoration of the Packard Proving Grounds.

 Beginning December 6, 2010, the book can be purchased directly from Arcadia Publishing by calling (888) 313-2665 or online at www.arcadiapublishing.com.  Or, it can be purchased locally at the following locations:


Barnes & Noble Shelby Twp

Borders Shelby Twp

Bommarito's Bakery St Clair Shores, MI

Books Connection Shelby Township, MI

New Horizons Book Shop Roseville, M

Walgreens #11395 Shelby Township, MI


Dearborn Music Dearborn, MI

 


Shelby Township Heritage Trail

A Self Guided 21 Mile Tour of Historic Sites - Click on a balloon to see whats there.


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Explore Shelby Township from the Air in 1949

NEWLY RELEASED DTE AERIALS SHOW A VERY RURAL SHELBY TOWNSHIP

Below is 23 Mile &  Van Dyke in April, 1949.

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