(Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 12, 2017)
Holly, MI – For those who like history, or who may want to learn more about a specific community in Michigan, the Holly Township Library’s Michigan Room is a delightful place to visit.
The special room offers a cozy nook with two chairs and a little table surrounded by hundreds of books and special items, including taxidermied woodland creatures native to the state. There are large bound archives of the Holly Herald dating back to the 1800s, as well as a collection of Holly High School Yearbooks.
Outside of the room, in the main part of the library, the collection includes dioramas of living arrangements through the years, including a log cabin home complete with a little outhouse, a supply of wood and a wishing well. There’s also a large map that outlines places of Civil War historic significance though Oakland County.
Among the books are those covering Native American History and the beginnings of European American settlements all the way to contemporary works like Charlie LeDuff’s “Detroit: An American Autopsy.” There are books about race relations, business leaders, artwork, train stations, logging, mining, and murder.
A delightful find was a 1990 book called “Oakland County: Making It Work in Michigan” written by Trout Pomeroy. Pictures show the splendor of shopping malls and the Pontiac Silverdome, as well as General Motors in Ottawa Towers without the twin peaks of the Phoenix Center. There are also profiles of companies that were then successful, like the now long gone Arbor Drugs.
Nostalgia and knowledge can be found on many of the pages in the Michigan Room, making this an interesting daytrip destination from anywhere in Oakland County. Read other oc115 stories about Holly at http://oaklandcounty115.com/category/blogs/daytrip-to-holly/.
The Holly Township Library is located at 1116 N. Saginaw St.,Holly, MI 48442 Learn more at https://www.hollytownshiplibrary.org.