Troy Historical Society celebrates half a century with potluck

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 10, 2016

File photo by Deb Jacques


Although the Troy Historical Society, which has operated and funded the Troy Historic Village since 2010, with stipends from the city, has been around for 50 years, some people still drive past Livernois and Wattles Roads and wonder what’s there, or completely miss it.

“We frequently hear, ‘I’ve driven by so many times and finally stopped in,’” said John Lavender, treasurer for the Troy Historical Society.

The buildings, land and artifacts remain city property.

The Troy Historical Society will celebrate its 50th birthday with a potluck party at the village Aug. 18.

“We hope to get the community more excited to support the village for the next 50 years, making it the true gem of this community,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village.

She noted that as the city explores making changes to the the Civic Center campus and “what Troy’s going to look like, going forward, I feel this cultural gem should be part of that story.”

She said the Troy Historical Society Birthday Party will feature hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, and those who wish to attend should call the village, indicate the number of people attending, and what dish to pass that they plan to bring.

“It’s a really great, outdoor family activity,” Campbell said.

Also, for the first time ever, tours of the first floor of the Niles Barnard House will be given.

“It’s not open to the public (yet) and totally unrestored,” Lavender said. “We’ll be able to tell people about the general plans for restoration.”

There will be a PowerPoint presentation in the Old Church and an exhibit about the historic village.

“This event for the Troy Historical Society is an occasion to celebrate a milestone with those who know us well at the village, and to introduce the society, the village and our programs to families and people who don’t know us yet. We are encouraging many more to join us as society members on our path to becoming a sustainable and better-known cultural feature for everyone in our community,” Lavender added.

Dressing in ’60s apparel is encouraged, but not required.

The Troy Historical Society Birthday Party will be held Aug. 18 at the village, located at 60 W. Wattles Road. The village showcases 10 historic structures in a 5-acre complex. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Call (248) 524-3570 to indicate how many plan to attend and what dish you plan to bring.