Clinton Township Historical Commission

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Clinton Township, Michigan USA

The current members of the Clinton Township Historical Commission are:

  • Jim Hungerford, Chairman
  • Jim Kowalski
  • Vacancy
  • Mike Tilley
  • Maxwell Heiderer
  • Frank Valdez
  • Sharron Butala
  • Karen Stephens
  • Zach MacIntosh
  • Clinton/Macomb Library liason Jeanine Taylor
For more information, type a topic in the search on the left side of the screen. Example: canal, mills, pictures,river

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Clinton Township Tomlinson Arboretum

The Arboretum is a 25 acre tree park.

More information can be found at or at the facebook page FriendsOfTomlinsonArboretum.

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The GCTHS partners with the Clinton Township Historical Commission to run the museums in the Historical Village. They also have free public programs at the Clinton Macomb Public Library and have a major role in the Festival of the Senses. Yearly dues are cheap. Maybe you should sign up and get on their e mail list.

The last program was November 10 2014. The topic was about the Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal. A dvd of the program will be in the local history room of thr Clinton Macomb Public Library. The Historical Society web site was updated in March 2014. Check it out for future programs and events. The Society web site is slow to be up dated because it is complicated.

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Historical Village Videos


The web page for Clinton Township's Tomlinson Arboretum is a sub domain of the Historical Commission site. Click on

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There are many pictures of the Clinton Township Fire Deparment on this site Use the search on the left side of the screen.

The following links may be of interest to those who seek information about local and Michigan history as well as general topics. Detroit Pix (memories from the past) It is worth a look. June 9 2007, a new link was added.Early Michigan History. Added August 12, 2009 is the David Rumsey Map Collection. This is good reading and should keep you up at night. Also, if you want to learn more about the history of the area, you can pay a visit to the Don Green Local History Room at the Clinton Macomb Public Library. Give the reference librarians your library card and they will give you a pass key.

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This is an account by the Historian Henry A. Ford.(Not the Henry Ford of automobile fame):

Also feast your eyes on the Michigan Pioneer Series.

Pages 38-46 mention the Moravian Settlement in what is now Clinton Township The complete set is found in the Donald Green Local History Room in the Clinton - Macomb Library.

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The History of Clinton Township

The History of Clinton Township Michigan

On July 22, 1782 David Zeisberger and his followers founded the first settlement in Clinton Township. He described the site of "New Gnadenhutten" in his diary, "founded on this side of the river a fine place to lay out a town on a height ... between the river and the height, there are many springs with many separate little brooks that flow into the river and have exceedingly good water. The land on the site of the town is so sandy ... the lowlands are very rich with heavy timber. We chose this place before all others for our town site ... heavily laden boats can go even to the fork, a half-mile higher up ... and canoes can go much further. We are glad and thankful to have found such a good and healthy a spot for a town site nothing was lacking. We found traces that long ago an Indian town must have stood on this place."

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Clinton Township Historical Village

This is a panorama of the Clinton Township Civic Center, and the Historical Village. It also shows the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

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Thomas Dean

This is the exciting account of Thomas Dean.

He traveled in 1817 from New York to the Ohio River and northeast on the Wabash and eventually to Detroit. There are 77 pages to the series.
To see them all type "dean" in the search bar. With luck they will be in the proper order.

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The Moravians

The Moravians was a nickname given to the religious group by Count Zinzendorf in 1727 while seeking refuge on his land. They pioneered worship in the vernacular, Scripture as the rule and source of all life, congregational hymn singing, and education for both sexes. In 1741 they established their center of operation in the New World at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for their mission to work among the Native American Indians.

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