Fred W. Des Autels
Founder of the Redford Historical Commission, author of Redford’s only history book, noted historian and artifact collector. Some of Fred’s personal effects (courtesy of his family) are on display currently at the museum in honor of Fred’s hard work in making our 50th Anniversary “Heritage Day” exist in the first place!
Meetings and Open Hours
Regular meetings are held at 6pm on the second Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November). Special meetings will be announced on this page. All Commission meetings are open to the public.
The Historical Commission is open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 12-3 and by appointment. Contact us to make an appointment.
Past Exhibits & Events:
NOVEMBER 27, 2019
RTHC displayed their amazing milestone plaque at the Redford Township Board of Trustee’s meeting and got a lot of positive feedback from the community!
OCTOBER 30, 2019
The Historical Commission participated in Redford Township’s “Angels’ Night” by passing out candy to kids, historical maps, and dressing in period-attire. Despite all the rain, they still managed to have a great time and meet a lot of residents from the community.
OCTOBER 19, 2019
The Historical Commission received their 50th Milestone plaque, courtesy of the Michigan Historical Society for 50 years of active participation in the community by preserving and dedicating service to history and Redford’s heritage.
OCTOBER 13, 2019
Annual “Movie in the Cemetery” event at the Redford Cemetery. Celebrating its 4th year, this Halloween themed event is more popular than ever! It sold out so quickly, in fact, that the Historical Commission had to add a second show after the first one. This year’s feature film is the ever-popular The Addams Family. Originally scheduled for October the 11th, it had to be rescheduled due to high wind speeds.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
Historical Commission board members spent several Sundays this summer and fall at Redford’s Market at the Marquee. They sold books, t-shirts, maps, and talked to residents about the organization. Copies of the 1915 map of Redford were also passed out for *free*.
JULY 31, 2019
RTHC officially has an Instagram account!
JUNE 2, 2019
The Redford Township Historical Commission will be proudly participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade. We have even donated a wreath in memory of the recently departed Joe Jeffries.
MAY 18, 2019
Redford Cemetery clean up (sponsored by Friends of the Rouge)! Join us from 10:30-12 a.m. to clean up one of our Historic Landmarks! The museum will also be open from 12- 3 p.m. Hope to see you there!
MAY 4, 2019 – Heritage Day!!!
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Historical Commission by honoring our founder and Redford’s first historian, Fred DesAutels, as well as past board members who have contributed to the preservation of Redford’s history. Enjoy refreshments while you view an exhibit on the DesAutels family. Talk with Board members past and present about Redford’s history. This is also a great opportunity to bring in the items you’ve been wanting to donate!
APRIL 20, 2019
RTHC took a field trip to the Redford Theater to watch “Singing in the Rain.” They also were able to present the Theater with a donation in memory of former board member, Chuck Rever, who passed away last October.
APRIL 2, 2019
To prepare for our upcoming exhibit & 50th anniversary celebration, the historical commission has put together an amazing display (highlighting Fred Des Autels & the history of Redford). Check it out at the Redford Library!
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
The Stuckey School exhibit featured photographs, apparel and commemorative mugs, buttons and bookmarks covering the elementary school’s history from 1949-2011. Of special interest are the contents of the 1979 and 2009 time capsules.
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Come join us at Olde Fashioned Holidays at the Marquee. We’ll be here until 8:30!
OCTOBER 31, 2018
Movie in the Cemetery: A Nightmare Before Christmas. View the Facebook Event page.
OCTOBER 30, 2018
Angel’s Night: RTHC loves to participate in community events (especially when they it involves passing out candy for Halloween!)
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
We finally got a Township official sign! And it’s brand spanking new and awesome. Come see it the first & third Saturdays of the month, from 12-3 p.m.
AUGUST 27, 2018
Just a reminder, we will be closed this Saturday for Labor Day. We hope everyone has a great weekend!
AUGUST 9, 2018
Come see us at National Night Out in Bell Creek Park tonight until 8:00. Sign in with us for a chance to win tickets to Movie In The Cemetery on Oct. 12. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Redford Cemetery.
JUNE 3, 2018.
The Redford Township Historical Commission will be walking in the Memorial Parade. Check out our sweet banner with the new logo!
MAY 21, 2018
Redford Cemetery clean up! (12-4 p.m.)
MAY 11, 2018
Fisher Elementary is celebrating their 90th anniversary! Stop by the museum and/or check out our blog for more information on the school and the Fisher family.
APRIL 26, 2018
Coffee with a cop will be hosted at the Redford Township Historical Commission Museum this year! It goes along perfectly with our Police & Fire Department Exhibit.
MARCH 1, 2018
This month marks Redford’s 185th birthday! Stop by the museum this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. and check out all of our cool collections.
MAY 20, 2017
RTHC will be at the Ashcroft Community Picnic until 2 p.m. (But the Museum is still open to the public from 12-3 p.m.) Come by for some fun, food, and games!
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Fire and Police Exhibit, 12-3 p.m. at the museum!
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Night at the Museum: The Ziemba Farm will focus on the history of one of Redford Township’s centennial homes. Guest Speaker, Amanda Flesher, will be sharing her journey: from buying the home at auction, unique discoveries, challenges along the way, and what’s in store for the beautiful farmhouse and 3-story barn. View the Facebook Event page here Night at the Museum.
NOVEMBER 5, 2017
It’s that time of year again for another Community Expo. Stop by the RTHC’s booth and say “Hi!”
OCTOBER 13, 2017
NOVEMBER 6, 2016
The Redford Township Historical Commission will be at the Redford Community Expo from 12-3 p.m. today! Come see us at the VFW hall – Post 345.
OCTOBER 31, 2016
RTHC is celebrating Angel’s Night!
OCTOBER 21, 2016
Night of the Living Dead in the ideal setting – the Redford Cemetery! Read the recap here.
OCTOBER 8, 2016
Our very first Redford Cemetery Walk was a great success! For pictures and a recap, see this blog post.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
RTHC is helping to clean up the historic Redford Cemetery. Come join us!
AUGUST 31, 2016
A special meeting of the Redford Township Historical Commission took place at 5 pm, Wednesday, August 31 at 12895 Berwyn. The meeting was open to the public.
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
Our most recent School Exhibit is Bulman Elementary. Click here for a preview.
JULY 4, 2015
We will be closed Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day. Enjoy your day!
JUNE 6, 2015
Join us for a fundraiser for the Redford Interfaith Relief – An Evening with Mark Twain! Commission members will be in attendance and we’ve created a display to give you an idea of what Redford was like when Mark Twain was in Michigan. Show starts at 7:30, doors open at 7. South Redford School District Administration Building, 25141 Schoolcraft Road.
MAY 6, 2015
The Redford Township Historical Commission held a special meeting at 6 p.m. on May 6 at 12895 Berwyn. All Commission meetings are open to the public.
MAY 2, 2015
Genealogy Workshop, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join us for some tips, tricks, and strategies for searching your family tree. Event is *free* but please register in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 18, 2015
Our GRAND REOPENING will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 1-4 pm. Please join us for the ribbon cutting, refreshments, door prizes, and to view some of our collections in our new space. We hope to see you there!
APRIL 17, 2015
Special open hours for all our volunteers. If you have helped us in any way, come see what you have made possible! Join us for refreshments and a preview of our latest exhibits. Thank you for all your hard work!
MARCH 18, 2015
A special meeting has been called by the Redford Township Historical Commission at 12895 Berwyn. Meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.
DECEMBER 12, 2015
The first exhibit in a series dedicated to Redford Schools – Bulman Elementary! Historical picture Christmas ornaments are available as keepsake souvenirs to people that attend the exhibit.
NOVEMBER 8, 2015
During the month of November, the Redford Historical Commission set up shop at the VFW Hall for the Redford Community Expo and holiday shopping!
JULY 20, 2013
The Redford Historical Commission hosted an “Attic Sale” where copies of year books, old reference books, a slide projector, and even some historical artifacts were sold to the public.
JANUARY 12, 2013
An Exhibit showcasing Redford High School brought in a crowd to enjoy old yearbooks, seats from the auditorium, and even an artistic tile from one of the old drinking fountains!
RHS class of ’63 celebrated their 50th reunion, so they stopped by to check out the collection!
JANUARY 3, 2013
WWII Library Exhibit. This Exhibit featured individuals from Redford High School & Redford Union, as well as artifacts and clothing from that time period.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
The Redford Township Historical Commission hosted an open-house at “the Little Red Schoolhouse.”
DECEMBER 9, 1991
For the Christmas Holiday, the RTHC set up a holiday themed “Antique Toy” display in the museum (which was Room C of the Redford Community Center)