Title: City councilwoman writes book on history of Northville
Author: Pam Fleming
Michele Fecht, former Northville Record reporter and Detroit News reporter and assistant editor, can now add "author" to her resume.
She recently wrote a new book on the history of Northville, titled Northville, published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.
"They have done 6,700 titles of towns and events all over America," Fecht said. "It allows for organizations like historical societies and libraries to publish local history books at an affordable price. It gives people a chance to showcase their local history, which is wonderful."
Fecht will appear along with Mayor Chris Johnson for a public launch of the book at the Next Chapter Bookstore on E. Main Street immediately after the Victorian Festival Parade about 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
She will also have the book at a Northville Historical Society booth at the festival this weekend.
The book, which sells for $21.99, is also available in the Mill Race Village office in the Cady Inn.
The new book features pages and pages of archival photos of Northville. Arcadia staff actually wrote Johnson a letter in 2009 saying they had had more requests for a Northville Images of America book than anything else.
Johnson then contacted Fecht to see if she would be interested in taking on the project.
"I said, 'I'd love to,'" she said.
Fecht received much help on the project from Heidi Nielsen, curator and archivist of the Northville Historical Society.
"She's the keeper of the treasures," Fecht said. "I stole so many of Heidi's hours delving into the incredible collection that the society has."
LOTS OF RESEARCH
Fecht also used Barbara Louie's book, Northville, Michigan, from the Making of America series published by Arcadia in 2001, as a resource. She also used Jack Hoffman's book, Northville: The First Hundred Years, in her research. Hoffman was a longtime editor of the Northville Record.
Another resource was Bill Sliger's 1969 Centennial Edition of the Northville Record.
Fecht said the project took her about six months. "I had to follow the history of the city from its inception," she said.
There were some generous citizens who provided some photos, including Dick Ambler, Fred Hicks and Mayor Johnson.
"I didn't realize what an industrial giant Northville was from the late 1800s through the 1930s," Fecht said.