Advocacy Alert

The Michigan legislature returns to session on September 7th. Upon their return, the legislature will enter what is commonly known as the “lame duck” session. House Bill 5232 and Senate Bill 720, the legislation which amends the local historic district act, can be voted on until session has ended for the year. We must remain vigilant by contacting your legislators indicating your continued opposition for the legislation. Please contact your legislators both in the House and Senate via email, phone or written note. You can find your legislators contact information by visiting and .

Training and Workshops

Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Downtown Manistee will facilitate a Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Workshop for homeowners and small commercial property owners on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Information will be shared on weatherization and energy efficiency, repair of wood windows, effective insulation practices, as well as tips on professional energy audits and what to do with audit results. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at City Hall, 70 Maple Street in Manistee. Admission is only $10, but space is limited and participants must register in advance. If you have questions about making improvements to your older building’s systems and long-term energy savings, our experts will have answers. 
Join us! 
For more information or assistance with registration, please call: 906.250.6301
This event is made possible through funding from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority



April 7th – 18th, 2014

Vermontville Academy & Museum

109 North Main Street

Vermontville, MI  49423

We Are Seeking Ten Prospective Trainees Who:

Have a stated interest in pursuing Historic Preservation as a vocation or avocation.

• Have a minimum of six months of successful experience in a “hands on” construction trade or related activity.

• Possess appropriate fine motor skills and physical strength to successfully complete class work objectives.

• Possess appropriate comprehension, verbal and math skills to complete class requirements.

• Agree to follow all safety instructions, use available safety equipment and protection clothing as instructed.

• Agree to attend all ten full days of training, Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 5:00

• Agree to sign a release of liability form.

The workshop will provide:

All necessary tools – trainees may bring their own tools but they should be clearly marked.
•Safety gear as needed.
•Breakfast and lunch each day.
• Lead Safe Work Practices training sufficient to qualify the trainee for EPA/RRP certification upon completion of the appropriate test.
• Instruction in the business aspects of preservation trades and marketing rehabilitation.

Applications must be received by: Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 5pm

Contact: Robin Adair at or 734-239-2886 or Nancy Finegood at 517-371-8080

Made possible by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority


Vermontville Wood Window Workshop Application

MHPN Practical Preservation Workshops

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network would like to encourage you to take advantage of Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Practical Preservation Workshops. These workshops are designed to educate historic home owners and commercial building owners on the benefits of historic preservation. The participants will gain a profound understanding of restoration techniques and methods, at the same time, discovering invaluable ways to save money.

Workshop participants will gain the knowledge and skills they need to perform masterful restorations as well as a greater appreciation for the cost-effectiveness of historic preservation. Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn the valuable trades of: Building Assessment 101, General Maintenance for Historic Buildings, Masonry Maintenance and Repair, Painting for Long-Lasting Results, Plaster and Stucco Repair, Porch Repair, Roof Restoration, and Window Restoration and Repair.

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Historic District Workshops

In addition to hands-on, practical preservation workshops, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network offers two community workshops about historic districts and historic district commissions. Both workshops are interesting, informative, all-day sessions that are scheduled on Saturdays in your community. (Customized shorter evening trainings are also available.) You can invite as many interested people as your site can accommodate, and some of these might include historic district commissioners, planning commissioners, residents, local building and zoning officials, elected officials, and members of the press.

Protective Ordinances and Local Historic Districts:
The why, who, what and how of creating and administering historic districts

For communities considering enacting a local historic district ordinance, this workshop teaches participants why Michigan communities decide to protect their historic resources, how to use the State enabling legislation, how to garner support for districting activities, and more.

Commissioner Training Workshop

(For communities with local historic districts and an ordinance in place.) Whether your historic district commissioners are long-standing, new to the commission, or a combination of these, they will benefit from this interactive workshop. Participants will learn about the Michigan enabling legislation that allows a community to establish a commission and locally designated historic districts, the nationally accepted preservation standards to use when making commission decisions, due process, the appeals process, how to work with property-owners in the district, available tax credits, and more.

Prior to the workshop, the trainer will request information specific to your community, so that your workshop will be tailored as much as possible to the special features and individual needs of your community. An experienced, professional preservationist facilitates these workshops, and the entire workshop fee of $400 for Network member communities and $450 for non-members for each workshop (including all materials) is donated in full to the Network to support its initiatives and programming.

Please call the Michigan Historic Preservation Network at 517.371.8080 or e-mail  to schedule your training today.

MHPN Field Representatives also have a variety of presentations and training programs available. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

Additional Training Opportunities

MHPN Window Workshop


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