By Greg Stempfle, Political Director
The Libertarian Executive Committee has created a new LPM Historical Commission. This project was inspired by the the National Libertarian Party which recently created their own Historical Committee, chaired by Caryn Ann Harlos of Colorado. Creating historical archives of the LPM has been a long term project of mine and I was happy to propose and be named chair of the commission. I was newsletter editor when the LPM headquarters in Hazel Park closed in the mid-2000s and I took in a lot of LPM documents and archives. A large bulk of this material, including many VHS tapes, was collected by the late activist Bill Shotey. I digitized all of this material and gave a large collection of documents to the Bentley Historical Library and all of the old issues of the Michigan Libertarian newsletter I was able to obtain, going back to the early 1970s, are available online. I have named LPM Secretary Emily Salvette and LEC member Ben Carr, who has a degree in history, to serve on the commission.
The primary goal at this point is to encourage party members, especially those who have been with the party for a long time, to dig up old party or campaign materials, including audio and video recordings, and loan them to our commission for preservation. After being copied, any material that is given to the commission will either be returned to the owner or arrangements may be made to donate certain material to a historical collection at a public library. The bulk of the party archives will also be shared with the national party historical committee and shared online.
For reference, here are some of the LPM Historical Archives I have worked on. Please visit the Shotey Library Youtube Channel. There is a lot of old footage of Michigan Libertarians including Mary Ruwart and US Senate candidate Jon Coon as well as local television appearances by Presidential candidates Harry Browne, Andre Marrou and VP candidate Nancy Lord. One of the most interesting videos is of Jon Coon, Ted Nugent, and a gentleman from the Michigan Militia all appearing on the Bill Bonds show in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you would like to add to our party archive!Libertarian Party of Michigan Historical Archives