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History of company, mission statement, etc.
The Hamtramck Historical Museum opened in September, 2013, after 15 years of planning and preparation.
The roots of the museum go back to the formation of the Hamtramck
Historical Commission, which was created by city ordinance in 1998. The
Historical Commission is a seven-member body appointed by the Mayor and
City Council that seeks to preserve the rich history of Hamtramck
through the collection of material, establishment of historic districts
and acquisition of historical markers, and presentation of programs on
different aspects of Hamtramck’s history.
In 2004 the Friends of Historical Hamtramck was established. This
501-c-3 non-profit corporation is the fund-raising and financial
affiliate of the historical commission. The Friends owns the Hamtramck
Historical Museum and all it contains and it operates the museum.
Membership in the Friends is open to all. See the “Join” tab on the home
When the Hamtramck Historical Commission first met in 1997 it did not
have a single document or item in its collection. Today it has
thousands of items, including documents, photos, political memorabilia,
medical records, films and videotapes, maps, books and miscellaneous
other items. Its archives are growing almost daily and now form a vast
chronicle spanning Hamtramck’s entire history.
In addition the Friends have been conducting walking and bus tours of
the city, which have introduced many people from as far away as Ohio,
Indiana and Ontario to Hamtramck.
The Hamtramck Historical Museum, at 9525 Jos. Campau, also is a
growing entity. Housed in what was once the first department store to
open in the city about a century ago, the building is being completely
renovated in stages that will transform it into a state-of-the-art
facility. And it is the Friend’s plan to have the museum be more than
just a building – it is a community center where a wide range of
programs is being held.