Longtime Brighton historian Marieanna Bair dies

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Marieanna Bair, the force behind the Brighton Area Historical Society, died today.

Friends were mourning the loss on social media today, including former Livingston County Commissioner Kate Lawrence of Brighton, who wrote on Facebook, “Brighton lost an incredible woman today. Marieanna Bair was a BHS graduate, the force behind the Brighton Area Historical Society. She was a wealth of knowledge and will be missed.”

Marieanna Bair

A longtime Brighton resident and graduate of Brighton High School, Bair helped keep Brighton’s history alive through her work with both the Brighton Area Historical Society and Green Oak Township Historical Society. Among other things, she helped spearhead the restoration of the historic Lyons School in Brighton in the late 1990s.

In 1987, she was one of 150 women in Michigan honored with the Michigan 150 First Lady Award, presented during Michigan’s sesquicentennial to women across the state who were “unsung heroes” in their communities.

In 2003, she was in the first class of inductees of the Brighton Area Women’s History Roll of Honor.

Details on any services will be forthcoming.

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