Troy Historical Society

About the Troy Historical Society

Established in 1966, the Troy Historical Society (THS) has demonstrated its commitment to preserving Troy’s pioneer era and heritage by transforming itself from a club interested in history to a governance body overseeing the operations of the Troy Historic Village (THV, Village). This major shift occurred in 2010 when the City of Troy laid off the majority of staff and intended to close the Village due to the local economic recession. Society members have contributed over $1.3 million to acquire, relocate, and construct almost all of the 11 historical facilities in the Village. The Society maintains a close working relationship with the City of Troy through a renewable five-year management agreement.

Mission Statement

The Troy Historical Society stimulates discovery and cultivates life-long appreciation of history by sharing and preserving heritage through creative, meaningful experiences that engage our stakeholders.


The Troy Historical Society will provide a welcoming environment that:

  • Engages visitors and stakeholders in positive learning experiences and social interactions.
  • Respects the significance of history as we seek knowledge, understanding, and relevance in our lives.
  • Recognizes the importance of archival and material collections as social objects and catalysts for sharing information and ideas.
  • Embraces innovation and encourages passion and creativity in our work.
  • Encourages the objective analysis, civil discussion, and evaluation of controversial issues.

Promotes a culture of stewardship where all adhere to the highest standards of historic preservation, manage resources with integrity and transparency, and treat all stakeholders with dignity and respect.


From its inception, the Society has worked with the City of Troy in establishing the museum (now known as the Troy Historic Village) to preserve the community’s heritage and that of Southeast Michigan.. Over the years, the Society has provided thousands of hours of volunteer service at the village, contributed financial support for public programs and events and donated over $750,000 in support of the expansion projects. These projects include(d):

  • 1968 THS volunteers conducted tours and maintained the building when City Council designated the 1927 Township Hall the Troy Museum and appointed a five-member Historical Commission to oversee the operation of the facility.
  • 1968 THS acquired, relocated and restored the Caswell House. THS volunteers opened the museum three afternoons each week.
  • 1978 THS helped finance the development of a Print Shop and acquired and relocated the Wagon Shop to the village.
  • 1980 THS led the campaign to acquire, relocate and restore Poppleton School .
  • 1980 THS acquired and relocated a Log Cabin.
  • 1987 THS relocated Troy Union School (now Troy Hall) to the village.
  • 1989 THS contributed $82,000 towards the construction of a general store in the village. This building includes an environmentally controlled archive.
  • 1997 THS and the City of Troy jointly purchased the Old Troy Methodist Church (1837) and Parsonage (ca 1880). The buildings were relocated in 2003 and restored in 2004.
  • 2010 THS relocated the 1837 Niles-Barnard House to newly acquired village property.
  • 2011 THS assumed operational management of the Troy Museum & Historic Village, now known as the Troy Historic Village (July 1, 2011)

The Troy Historical Society’s Heritage Campaign has been established to raise $7.7 million during the next five years to support five new projects that will enhance the Troy Museum & Historic Village as an exceptional resource for the City of Troy. The completion of these major projects, without significant cost to the City of Troy’s taxpayers, will increase the value of the museum as an outstanding center for educational and enrichment programs for the culturally and ethnically diverse populations in Troy and the surrounding communities.

Want to Join the Troy Historical Society? Click here to open our membership form. 



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Accessibility Plan 2015: Aerial Map | Attachment 6 | SHPO Application

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