This Feb. 27 initiation meeting for those looking to get involved in the society, said Robert Butler from Caroline's Adult Services desk, is tied into Dearborn Heights' celebration this year of its 50th anniversary. The discussion will cover what direction the society should go, and what its role will be in the city of Dearborn Heights.
“I guess I'm organizing it along with Director Michael McCaffrey,” Butler said. “We're hoping to have one since most cities have a historical society and our city doesn't.
“We have good archives at the library, and we hope to be able to preserve history,” he said.
Butler indicated that the society may involve itself with the city museum (comprised of the Little Red Schoolhouse and the city archives). As the city archives have been moved into Caroline building, he said, McCaffrey has already boosted efforts to utilize them. Since the archives have come to the library, “people see a lot of the pictures on-line, and we let people come in and use the archives, keeping it alive.
“We want to establish a few historical landmarks,” Butler said. “That's about all we can possibly do in a couple events during the year.”
The Nowlin Cemetery on Van Born Road is one site he would hope to get a historic marker erected, according to Butler. Though Dearborn and Dearborn Heights share a common history up before their incorporation as cities in the 1900s, Butler said there are no plans now to corroborate with Dearborn's historical society, “but that might be a good idea in the future.”
If the meeting is canceled due to weather, or even if there is a sparse turnout tomorrow night, Butler promised the initiation meeting will be rescheduled on a future date. For more information on the society, call (313) 791-3806.