The Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society seeks to bring together people interested in local history and genealogy. The RHGS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Society offers programs every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Erin Auditorium (except for July, August and December). Check the Library’s calendar for information on each month’s event. Our programs are open to the public with refreshments following the program.
Become a Member
Join the historical society and you will also receive the society newsletter filled with local genealogy and history related events in our area. Click here for an application.
Membership fees are:
Contact us at Roseville.RHGS@gmail.com
Michigan’s C. Harold Wills with Alan Naldrett
Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 PM
No registration is required
All ages are welcome
One of the unsung heroes of the auto world, C. Harold Wills designed the Model T when he worked as Henry Ford’s right-hand man. Later, he founded his own company to produce the legendary Wills Sainte Claire. Every endeavor displayed his trademark inventiveness, from the development of the overhead cam engine to the toboggan run on the roof of his house. He used his money to create one of the first worker model cities at Marysville, Michigan.
Alan is a retired librarian, an archivist, and an historian and author. He has written eight books, mostly about Michigan history. He graduated from Michigan State, and from Wayne State received master’s degrees in information science and Archival Science. He is also a former record store, comic book store, and insurance agency owner.
President, Pat Chownyk
Vice President, John Schober
Recording Secretary, Gail Elliott
Treasurer, Janice Carter
Director, Ann Spybrook
Director, Diane Borza
Director, Kenneth Schramm
Erin Township Records Project
RHGS maintains the Erin Township Records. This is a database of early Erin Township accounts that are available on microfiche and is searched by surname.
Local History Search
There are more than 10,000 historic images, newspaper, historic documents and oral histories that are available in a search through the library catalogue. Click here to view a flyer explaining how to use the “Local History Search”.
Due to the fragile and/or rare nature of our local yearbook collection, there is a special procedure to access these materials. Click here for the use procedure and a current listing of available yearbooks to view in the library.