Shelby Township Historical Committee
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Welcome to our website

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, provides a unique learning experience for students 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.






Packard Transition Takes Root


St.Clair Shores Theater Gets Facelift


Historic Hope Chapel Ready for Community Use

Preserving the Past for the Future



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 6:00 P.M. on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, in the conference room of the Shelby Township Municipal building at 52700 Van Dyke.


Shelby Township Historical Committee Members hold up an underground railroad quilt donated by Girl Scout Patty Sinshack who spent 2 years making it. After being transported to the Nature Center for display, it was reported missing or stolen. If you have any info regarding its whereabouts please contact Shelby Township Police.

Trinity Church Celebrates 125 Years