The society was formed in 1968 to locate a home for the DAR Museum pieces which were housed in the Howell Carnegie Library by the DAR chapter. The library needed space to expand its children's department. The society housed the artifacts in the upper level of the Old Howell House owned by the Pettibones. In 1971, the society purchased the Depot which had been vacant since passenger rail service ended in the 1951. The purchase of the building provided a place to display the museum items and to preserve the historic 1886 Ann Arbor Railroad .
Regular Summer Sunday Hours: 11am - 3P.M.
Opening Date: May 7, 2023 through October
128 Wetmore Street
Howell, Michigan 48843
Post Office Box 154
Howell, Michigan 48844
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Welcome to the Howell Area Historical Society (HAHS). Founded in 1968, we are a non-profit organization (IRS 501c3) whose mission is bring together those in the community interested in the rich history of the Howell area.
Howell was first settled in 1834 by settlers from Detroit and incorporated in 1863. The village was laid out by Flavius J.B. Crane and Edward Brooks in July 1835, and was named Howell in honor of Thomas Howell, a friend of Crane's and son of a prominent judge of Candaequa, New York. The name did not come into immediate use, however, as it was called Livingston Centre for some time. Howell is the county seat of Livingston County, Michigan.
The HAHS officers for 2022 - 23 are:
Rudy Rudolph - President
Gerri Moen - Vice President
Mary Shaughnessy - Secretary
Don Maiolatesi - Treasurer
Board of Trustees:
Ed Grima - Trustee
Kerry Maiolatesi - Trustee