RTHC Celebrates "Heritage Day"

The Redford Township Historical Commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 4, 2019 with a special event at the Redford History Center, located at 12895 Berwyn. Current Commission members will pay tribute to past members and their important work preserving Redford’s history. Founding Commission members Fred and Aileen DesAutels, in particular, will be honored. … Continue reading RTHC Celebrates "Heritage Day"

The Sybil and Jack Raeside Papers (New Collection)

Jack and Sybil Raeside In an interview with the Redford Observer in 2005 on the event of her 90th birthday, Sybil Raeside reflected on many of her life experiences. One was her first trip to Redford in 1929. She visited a drug store and tea room on the corner of 5 Mile and Beech Daly. … Continue reading The Sybil and Jack Raeside Papers (New Collection)

Dr. Serena Shivers

Black History Month in Redford: Dr. Sarena Shivers (Superintendent of RU Schools)

Dr. Sarena Shivers Dr. Sarena Shivers came to Redford in 2015 to lead the Redford Union School District. She’s making history as the first black Superintendent of the district. Shivers has worked in education for over 20 years, including for Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Southfield Public Schools and districts in Indiana, Maryland and the Department … Continue reading Black History Month in Redford: Dr. Sarena Shivers (Superintendent of RU Schools)

Black History Month in Redford: Linda Jackson (The First Black Township Trustee)

Linda Jackson joined the Redford Township Board of Trustees last year after receiving more votes than any other candidate. Her election is historically significant because she is Redford’s first black Trustee. Jackson grew up in Detroit with a big family – she was one of five children. Her parents taught them “we could be whatever … Continue reading Black History Month in Redford: Linda Jackson (The First Black Township Trustee)

The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School

 In the mid-1800s, Redford had 10 school districts. As rail construction attracted more and more residents to the area after the turn of the century, District 9 decided it was time to replace and improve upon its small wooden schoolhouse. Fisher family properties The District bought an acre of land from Eugenius and Abigail Hodge for … Continue reading The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School