Westland Historic Village Park

Westland Historic Village Park The Westland Historical Commission was created in 1970 by Westland Ordinance No. 139 for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical objects, materials, buildings, and sites relating to the history of the City.

The Westland Historic Village Park is committed to the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts related to Nankin Township and the City of Westland, Michigan; the education of residents and non-residents through buildings and objects important to the community and the inspiration of all to pursue the past through the search of records and historical study in an unbiased objective manner.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
06/06/2019

Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Condolences go out to the family of our first sworn police officer in Westland.
06/02/2019
Obituary of William

Condolences go out to the family of our first sworn police officer in Westland.

William Edward Warden was born on February 5, 1939 in Jackson, Michigan. He was one of five children born from the union of his parents: the late Gerald J. Warden and the late Erma F. (Brendahl) Warden. He received his education by attending Wayne Memorial High School and graduated with the Class of...

06/01/2019
A Brief Chronology of 'Sears', America’s Biggest Retailer in 20 Stunning Photos
05/30/2019
A Brief Chronology of 'Sears', America’s Biggest Retailer in 20 Stunning Photos

A Brief Chronology of 'Sears', America’s Biggest Retailer in 20 Stunning Photos

History A Look Back At Sears Department Store: How The Iconic American Brand Changed Retail History May 21, 2019   Elizabeth Crum It may be hard for some to imagine that Sears was once the largest and most successful retailer in the world. The Sears catalog helped shape consumerism of the 20th cen...

05/27/2019
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
05/24/2019

Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois

05/23/2019

Has anyone noticed that you can now see our blue sign while sitting at the light at Wayne Road and Marquette?

Before last Saturday that hasn’t been possible for over a decade!

We’re going to continue to chip away at the brush and trees that block us from view as drivers travel along Wayne Road! If you would like to help please contact us!

05/18/2019

The Westland Historic Village would like to thank the following people for helping during our grounds cleanup today:

Billy, Brad, Brian and Pat from DPS

Jonathan, Eric, Dennis and Ryan from the Westland Historical Commission

David from the Westland Historical Society

April from the Westland Area Jaycees

Matthew, Dallas, Jonathan, Kyle and Brian all volunteers through the city

Liz and Mike, friends of the museum

and Vic Berra for getting us bags and other equipment, along with the volunteers from the city.

And Craig Welkenbach for coming out to take pictures for the City's page.

Check out our events list for the next cleanup day, there is plenty of work to be done... and we could use your help!

05/18/2019

This was a twenty five foot tree that we decided to have cut down in order to open up space to see the museum better!

The city turned 53 on Thursday, May 16th! We decided to combine our cleanup event with a Birthday celebration!
05/18/2019

The city turned 53 on Thursday, May 16th! We decided to combine our cleanup event with a Birthday celebration!

More of the clean up. The last three pics show the section we’d like to clear next!
05/18/2019

More of the clean up. The last three pics show the section we’d like to clear next!

Some of the clean up so far!
05/18/2019

Some of the clean up so far!

05/18/2019
05/18/2019

The 🌞 is out!

05/17/2019

Join us tomorrow at 8 am, Saturday, May 18th as we work to clean up leaves, brush and small trees on the grounds of the Westland Historic Village! At 12, we will take a break to celebrate the City of Westland’s 53rd Birthday!

05/14/2019
On May 16, 1990, the City of Westland and the Westland Historical Commission dedicated the McDonald's Golden Arches sign...
05/11/2019

On May 16, 1990, the City of Westland and the Westland Historical Commission dedicated the McDonald's Golden Arches sign in front of the McDonald's on Ford Road and Radcliffe as a Westland Historical Landmark. The sign and plaque are still there and can be seen by anyone who goes to the McDonald's or drives by the fast food restaurant.

In Memory of Brian Woehlke WWFA  Last Alarm 5/8/2013
05/08/2019

In Memory of Brian Woehlke WWFA Last Alarm 5/8/2013

04/17/2019

In observance of the Easter Holiday this weekend the Westland Historic Village will not be open on Saturday April 20!

We will however be reopening on April 28 at 1 PM.

04/15/2019

The Westland Historical Society is looking for new members. If you are interested please send us a private message. Society Members are encouraged to help out at the museum any Saturday they are able, raise money for projects at the museum through fundraisers, and help to share Westland Historic Village to the rest of the City of Westland and the surrounding communities.

May not be connected to our history, but this is a landmark that many know of even if they haven't been to Paris. It's a...
04/15/2019
Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

May not be connected to our history, but this is a landmark that many know of even if they haven't been to Paris. It's a sad day in the tourism industry as this tourist attraction is engulfed in flames and Paris Firefighters are working diligently to save as much of it they can.

Video filmed by onlookers showed flames and smoke billowing from the cathedral’s spire. The cathedral was evacuated, and the fire’s cause was not known.

April 15th is the 154th Anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. Our post was intentionally scheduled to post at 7:2...
04/15/2019

April 15th is the 154th Anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. Our post was intentionally scheduled to post at 7:22 AM because that was the time President Lincoln was declared dead.

Do You Remember When
04/12/2019

Do You Remember When

04/11/2019

The Westland Historical Society would like to invite City Council and City Administration to join the Westland Historical Society!

If you are unable to volunteer at the museum on a Saturday for three hours, please consider our new member level of Benefactor. Benefactors are asked to donate $100 a year.

Non-Benefactor members can join at $15 a year, but are asked to volunteer at the museum at least once or twice a quarter. Seniors and students may join at $10 a year.

The new Benefactor level replace the lifetime level. Anyone who is currently a lifetime member, is still a lifetime member.

04/05/2019
As Metro Detroit gets ready for the Detroit Tigers Home Opener of 2019 the Westland Historic Village would like to celeb...
04/04/2019

As Metro Detroit gets ready for the Detroit Tigers Home Opener of 2019 the Westland Historic Village would like to celebrate another opening day 118 years ago on April 25, 1901.

The Detroit Tigers played their first Opening Day game at Bennett Field, later Briggs Stadium then Tigers Stadium, against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Side note... this Milwaukee Brewers team became the St. Louis Browns then the Baltimore Orioles.)

Going into the bottom of the 9th inning the Tigers were losing 13 to 4, however the baseball gods were watching and the Tigers scored 10 runs to win their first ever game in the American League.

If you would like to read more please read this article from MSU... https://blogs.lib.msu.edu/red-tape/2018/apr/april-25-1901-tigers-play-first-opening-day/

03/31/2019

Advice to our friends and family...

While closing up today one of our volunteers smelled gas coming from the meter on the side of one of our buildings. Consumers Energy was called and they came to check out the source of the smell. It was determined a gasket was bad, therefore it was replaced.

If you smell gas, don't ignore it! Call Consumers Energy (or whomever your provider is) and have it checked.

If this was not done today, the worst case scenario would have been losing the Collins House... which is our archives!

Massive fire at St. Louis museum that holds historic manuscripts
03/27/2019
Massive fire at St. Louis museum that holds historic manuscripts

Massive fire at St. Louis museum that holds historic manuscripts

St. Louis’ Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, at 3524 Russell Blvd., housed some of collector David Karpeles’ collection of original manuscripts, one of the largest in the world.

03/23/2019

The Westland Historical Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 PM. All meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in joining the Historical Commission, there are two seats available, however you do have to be a citizen of Westland. If you would still like to be a part of the museum please consider joining the Westland Historical Society.

03/14/2019
Westland Historic Village Park

Westland Historic Village Park

On Sunday, March 17th at 7 PM the Westland Historical Commission and Historical Society will meet to decide what each group is responsible for and how they can help each other and the Westland Historic Village moving forward. From this meeting a "contract" will be drawn up laying out these responsibilities for each group. If you are interested in joining the Westland Historical Society please join us on Sunday and help us draft this new agreement between the Commission and Society.

03/14/2019

On Sunday, March 17th at 7 PM the Westland Historical Commission and Historical Society will meet to decide what each group is responsible for and how they can help each other and the Westland Historic Village moving forward. From this meeting a "contract" will be drawn up laying out these responsibilities for each group. If you are interested in joining the Westland Historical Society please join us on Sunday and help us draft this new agreement between the Commission and Society.

Getting ready to start our talk about Eloise Hospital at Westland City Hall.
03/12/2019

Getting ready to start our talk about Eloise Hospital at Westland City Hall.

03/11/2019

Tomorrow is the Eloise Program. City Hall is on Warren Road near Central City (Next to Red Robin).

We love our vintage baseball
03/09/2019

We love our vintage baseball

The earliest account of baseball in Wayne comes from a dairy entry by Albert Coleburn, dated August 10, 1866. Mr. Coleburn mentions that the Detroit Ball Club was here in town to play Wayne. A week later he notes that the Wayne team beat the Dexter team. These early teams were just a loose band of 9 or 10 men who would get together to have a little fun. In the early 1880s the Wayne team, consisting of six Stellwagen brothers played and beat a Detroit based team. That Detroit team would later become the Tigers. In 1889 the Wayne team played and beat the Detroit Athletic Club. Other towns had their own teams as well, including Dearborn, Wyandotte, Plymouth, New Boston, Belleville and Willow. It appears that the Wayne team got serious in 1894, paying Mrs. Chaffee $20.17 for new matching uniforms. They also built a ballfield in front of the Michigan Central Railroad depot, today this is the site of the Rite Aid on Michigan Avenue E. In the 1890s the team consisted of Stellwagen, Cozadd, Hawley, Zimmerman, Francisco, Curtis and Kirkwood with some alternates. These men were not young kids either, most owned businesses in town and were store owners, butchers, bankers and doctors. The team also got an official name, The Wayne Stars. The later 1890s was hard on the Stars however, a string of losses actually meant the team disbanded around the turn of the century. A few Years later the team restarted again, and in 1907 built another ballfield near main and Michigan Avenue, later where West Side Jr. High/Board of Education building was. The team played well and in 1915, after winning a game in Detoit the entire town greeted the team when they returned by train. Wayne’s town baseball team seems to have tapered off after this, and they dissolved sometime in the late teens or early 1920s.

The Wayne Historical Society
03/09/2019

The Wayne Historical Society

The earliest account of baseball in Wayne comes from a dairy entry by Albert Coleburn, dated August 10, 1866. Mr. Coleburn mentions that the Detroit Ball Club was here in town to play Wayne. A week later he notes that the Wayne team beat the Dexter team. These early teams were just a loose band of 9 or 10 men who would get together to have a little fun. In the early 1880s the Wayne team, consisting of six Stellwagen brothers played and beat a Detroit based team. That Detroit team would later become the Tigers. In 1889 the Wayne team played and beat the Detroit Athletic Club. Other towns had their own teams as well, including Dearborn, Wyandotte, Plymouth, New Boston, Belleville and Willow. It appears that the Wayne team got serious in 1894, paying Mrs. Chaffee $20.17 for new matching uniforms. They also built a ballfield in front of the Michigan Central Railroad depot, today this is the site of the Rite Aid on Michigan Avenue E. In the 1890s the team consisted of Stellwagen, Cozadd, Hawley, Zimmerman, Francisco, Curtis and Kirkwood with some alternates. These men were not young kids either, most owned businesses in town and were store owners, butchers, bankers and doctors. The team also got an official name, The Wayne Stars. The later 1890s was hard on the Stars however, a string of losses actually meant the team disbanded around the turn of the century. A few Years later the team restarted again, and in 1907 built another ballfield near main and Michigan Avenue, later where West Side Jr. High/Board of Education building was. The team played well and in 1915, after winning a game in Detoit the entire town greeted the team when they returned by train. Wayne’s town baseball team seems to have tapered off after this, and they dissolved sometime in the late teens or early 1920s.

Wayne Memorial High School
03/02/2019

Wayne Memorial High School

Boys’ basketball is District Champs. So proud of these boys.
Come see them Tuesday and Ypsilanti Lincoln at 5:30!

Norwayne, MichiganThe Norwayne Subdivision was begun in 1942 by the National Housing Agency in order to house workers em...
03/02/2019

Norwayne, Michigan

The Norwayne Subdivision was begun in 1942 by the National Housing Agency in order to house workers employed at nearby defense industry plants, including the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Substantial construction was completed in 1943, but additional work was carried out through 1947, when the community church was constructed. Due to wartime scarcity of materials, construction was done with materials at hand, and items such as gutters were left off.
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The original occupancy of the Norwayne subdivision was restricted to war workers and military personnel whose income was under a specific level. In 1944, the income cap was $2000 yearly for a family of two persons, with an additional $200 for each child up to $2800 maximum.
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The project originally had 1189 residential buildings, which contained a total of 1900 individual dwelling units. The 1189 units were 192 one-bedroom row houses, 200 two-bedroom row houses, 362 two-bedroom twin houses, 674 two-bedroom single homes, and 472 three-bedroom twin homes.
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More info:
http://detroit1701.org/Norwayne%20Historic%20District.html

03/01/2019

With the upcoming closing of one of our businesses, what would you like to see preserved from Malarkey’s and do you have and stories or photos to share.

03/01/2019

Former Secretary of the Westland Historical Society, Georgia Becker, passed away on February 27th. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our condolences to her family.

Who has a Sears home?  Show us your house. We would love to give certificates and track to historical houses in our city...
02/07/2019

Who has a Sears home? Show us your house. We would love to give certificates and track to historical houses in our city.

Address

857 N Wayne Rd
Westland, MI
48185

General information

Westland Historical Commissioners - Ryan Eberhart, Brenda Ozog, Mike McElhone, Dennis Bozyk, Shane Miller, Eric Stoddard and Jonathan Hays. Westland Historical Society Officers Ryan Eberhart (President)

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(734) 366-0106

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