Wixom Historical Society

Founded in 1975 to preserve the history of Wixom and promote an understanding of the city's heritage.

Our Goals

  1. Maintaining the Wixom Wire House as a local museum.
  2. Collecting, archiving, and conserving artifacts and written materials related to the city’s history.
  3. Increasing the community’s knowledge of local history through educational programs.
  4. Building the Society’s membership and fostering community involvement.
  5. Identifying and implementing additional methods of preserving our city’s past.

Upcoming Programs and Events

  • Monday, September 17 @ 6:30 PMWelcome Back Potluck & The Civil War Experience of James Greacen – Gibson House, 49805 Pontiac Tr.
  • Monday, October 16 @ 7:00 PMTBA – Wixom Community Center Ballroom, 49045 Pontiac Tr.
  • Sunday, November 12 From Noon till 4 PMAntique Appraisal Fair & Silent Auction – Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Tr.
  • Friday, December 7 From 5 till 10 PMHistorical Society Swag Sale @ Wixom’s Holiday Markt – Sibley Square on Pontiac Tr.
  • Sunday, December 9 From 4 till 7 PMAnnual Wassail & Open House – Gibson House, 49805 Pontiac Tr.
  • Monday, January 21 @ 6:30 PMAnnual Meeting & Potluck – Gibson House, 49805 Pontiac Tr.
  • Monday, February 19 @ 7:00 PMMichigan Lighthouses on the Sunrise Side – Gibson House, 49805 Pontiac Tr.
  • Monday, March 19 @ 7:00 PMRemembering the Walled Lake Amusement Park – Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Tr.
  • Monday, April 16 @ 7:00 PMThe Dodge Brothers, Presented by Russell Dore – Wixom City Hall, 49045 Pontiac Tr.
  • Sunday, May 20 From 1 to 4 PMWixom’s Founder’s Day Festival – Gibson House, 49805 Pontiac Tr.
  • Sunday, June 10 From 1 till 4 PMAnnual Ice Cream Social – Wixom-Wire House Museum, SW corner of Wixom and Maple Roads

Board of Directors

  • President; Website Contact – Laure Dorchak
  • Vice President; Publicity Chairperson – Nancy Dingeldey
  • Secretary; Newsletter Editor – Jackie Coulter
  • Treasurer – Kathy Matusik
  • Trustee – Graham Bennett
  • Trustee – Nancy Bennett
  • Trustee – Bertha King
  • Trustee – Leo Matusik

The Beginning of the Wixom Historical Society

1975 … springtime in Wixom at a luncheon hosted by Beverly Paisley, wife of Peter Paisley, owner of The Korex Company. The nation was looking forward to celebrating its Bicentennial, so much chatter centered on the subject of history. Nancy Dingeldey offered the idea of forming an historical society in the small active community, which was immediately embraced by notable long-time residents Hilda Furman, Mildred Gibson, Lillian Spencer and Sylvia Vangieson. The idea bloomed and within a few months, the Wixom Historical Society was formed. Margaret Ladd was elected its first president, Nancy Dingeldey, vice president, Helen Tillman, secretary and Thom Coulter, treasurer.

The group embarked on presenting monthly programming and immediately focused on July 4, 1976- the U.S. Bicentennial. They planned the first Fourth of July celebration in Wixom. Later, Ladd would be instrumental in convincing the Wixom City Council to purchase the property and house at Wixom and Maple Roads. Through countless hours and true dedication, the Wixom-Wire Museum was established and named as a State Historical Landmark along with the Wixom Cemetery.

Today, the Wixom Historical Society continues its longstanding tradition of offering free educational programming, hosting the Annual Ice Cream Social at the Wixom-Wire House Museum, showcasing the Gibson House with the Holiday Wassail, and participating in the May Founder’s Festival.