About Us

Historical Society Officers, 2023 - 2024

Linda Ross, President

Vikki Clasman, Vice-President

Bob Polasky, Secretary

I moved to South Lyon in 2011 and have been a SLAHS member since 2012. My history interests include South Lyon and the surrounding area; the Civil War; World War II; antique autos; and music history. However, my main interest is in railroad subjects: history, operations, photography, writing, and modeler. 

Tom Ross, Treasurer

Bob Polasky, Deputy Treasurer 

Barbara Cook, Director

Roger Leppala, Director

Suzann C.M.  Martin, Director

Suzann CM Martin has been a resident of the City of South Lyon since 1994. A member of the South Lyon Area Historical Society “Depot Day Event” Committee since 2008. A member of the South Lyon Area Historical Society since 2015. Suzann is interested in history and science. Suzann also enjoys vacations to northern Michigan. 

Historical Commission Members

Larry Ledbetter, 248-613-7579

Suzann C.M. Martin, 248-437-4942

Email: suzan_mccallum@hotmail.com

Pete Niedzielski, 248-513-7467

Email: petesunday1@gmail.com

Dan Noble

Jim Race

Linda Ross, 248-437-9142

Email: ljross@wowway.com

Phil Weipert

Creating History Since 1832

The purpose of the South Lyon Area Historical Society (SLAHS) shall be to bring together those people interested in history, especially in the history of the South Lyon area. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, giving us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promoting a better appreciation of our American heritage.

SLAHS is a society of members and volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of the City of South Lyon, Michigan, and the surrounding areas including Lyon Township.  

We conduct and sponsor programs and presentations of history for all areas of the United States, especially in southeastern Michigan and South Lyon. 

We have two annual celebrations at the historic village

The historic village is located at 300 Dorothy Street and consists an extensive library of local materials, documents, photographs and other historically relevant information.  The six buildings in the village are:

In 2022, SLAHS began fundraising for moving a 100-year-old barn located two miles South of the historic village. The barn played an important role in developing the South Lyon area as the “Horse Capital” of Michigan. We are hoping to accomplish this fundraising project within the next two years.

The Commission shall, in concert with the City of South Lyon and the City Manager oversee the operation and maintenance of the Historical Village, its buildings and grounds.