Historical Commission

Meetings
  • 6 p.m.
  • Meets quarterly
  • Administrative Liaison - Tammy Turgeon, Library Director
  • Upton House
    40433 Utica Road
    Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Historical Sign at the Upton House

Members


  • John Conner
    Term expires: June 30, 2018
  • Frank DiMaria
    Term expires: June 30, 2018
  • Douglas J. Harvey
    Term expires: June 30, 2018
  • Michael J. Lombardini
    Term expires: June 30, 2019


  • Meghan Mott
    Term expires: June 30, 2019
  • Steven Pomaville                                                   Term expires:  June 30, 2019
  • Ruthann Schinzing
    Term expires: June 30, 2017
  • Scott Townsend
    Term expires: June 30, 2018

Overview


The mission of the Historical Commission is to foster an understanding and appreciation of local history and to identify the heritage of our City.

The Historical Commission strives to promote an awareness of the community's heritage, to identify local preservation concerns, to attend workshops and seminars relating to preservation management, to study public policies designed to protect and preserve local history, and to provide opportunities for residents to share and shape their historical legacy.

Through membership in the American Association of State and Local History, the National Council on Public History, and the Historical Society of Michigan, the Commission works to expand its perceptions and knowledge of current practices in the field of local history. It keeps informed of state and federal legislation, as well as identifies sources of funding such as grants and endowments.

The 7-member Historical Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Members serve uncompensated terms of three years. The Commission, established in 1970, meets quarterly. The Community Services Director is the staff liaison, relating the activities of the Commission to City Administration.

Responsibilities


The Historical Commission has the responsibility to identify structures and sites of historic significance; to study the value of their preservation, and make recommendations for future use. The Residential Date Plaque Award Program, established in 1992, has recognized 34 homes of historic value in Sterling Heights as identified by age and architectural significance.

Upton House


To encourage an appreciation of local history, the Sterling Heights Historical Commission is also responsible for the development of the Sterling Historical Collection in the Upton House and its new expansion in the Library. The Commission collects and exhibits items reflecting life and times in our community since its inception as a township in 1835.

Veterans History Project


The Commission is also a participant in the Veterans History Project created by the United States Congress in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. As such, the Commission collects and archives the personal recollections of United States wartime veterans from Sterling Heights to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations.

Click here to see the archived videos or to learn how to participate.

Friends of the Library


The Commission, in partnership with the Friends of the Library, produced a book entitled, Seven Miles from Home: An Oral History of Sterling Township, a Michigan Farm Community. In addition, in partnership with the Sterling Heights Public Library, the Commission authored Sterling Township: 1875 - 1968, a pictorial history.

As Sterling Heights continues to change, it is important to remember that learning about our history creates a bridge from the past to the present. What is happening here today will be tomorrow's history.

Upton House Donations


If you would like to support the preservation of the Upton House, please send checks to:

  Sterling Heights Public Library
  40255 Dodge Park Road
  Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Please make your check payable to City of Sterling Heights and write Upton House Donation on the memo line. Your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser.

Historical Marker Project


The Michigan Historical Marker Project was designed to reveal the important stories surrounding persons, places, or events. The markers show the potent significance of a community's heritage and history.

If you think a home or other building in Sterling Heights is worthy of such a marker, read about the application process.

If you would like guidelines for researching the historical significance of a building, read our Historical Home Guidelines Workbook.

Did You Know...


The Sterling Heights Historical Commission has a local history area on the first floor of the Sterling Heights Public Library.