Annual Conference

MHPN Annual Conference

Each spring, the Network sponsors the state’s largest annual statewide preservation conference to provide training and networking opportunities geared to both beginners and seasoned preservationists. In addition to offering sessions crammed with the latest news and information from around the state, the conference is known for its keynote speakers, festive evening activities, and annual auction of Michigan items ranging from overnights at historic bed-and-breakfasts, to antiques, books, and gourmet delights. Among the many features of the gathering is the Vendor’s Showcase, which provides and opportunity for the general public to view the latest products and services in the preservation industry.

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network announces its
35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
May 13-16, 2015, in the City of Midland,
headquartered on the campus of Northwood University.

Now Available – 2015 Conference Brochure
Printable Registration Form
Online Registration Anticipated Soon!

The Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, designed by Alden B. Dow, 1934-1941, Midland, Michigan; photograph by Balthazar Korab.

The Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, designed by Alden B. Dow, 1934-1941, Midland, Michigan;  photograph by Balthazar Korab.

“Always Seeking Modern” Theme Statement:

The City of Midland was home to Alden B. Dow and today offers one of the most impressive concentrations of Modern design in the nation. We confirmed Midland as our host city during “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America,” the symposium and exhibition at Cranbrook that during the summer of 2013 drew the nation’s attention to the significant role Michigan played in the global development of Modernism. This role was amplified when the exhibition was expanded and opened at the Grand Rapids Art Museum this summer, again with an accompanying symposium.

We have thought about how best to focus on Modernism while assuring that architectural historians, preservationists, archaeologists, as well as all their related allies can contribute to the program in their own ways and find their participation worthwhile. We can do this by making the following point: We may be calling mid-twentieth century design “Modern,” but when has anyone designed or built anything to be outdated? Whether prehistoric 17th century Woodland Period cultures constructing shelters, the 18th century French building Fort St. Joseph at Niles, 19th century Victorians abandoning Classicism and experimenting with every building system from framing to plumbing, or Alden Dow perfecting the Unit Block, each sought to be original, inventive, new. Thus springs our working title, “Always Seeking Modern.”

2015 Conference Compiled Abstracts

Be a Sponsor! 

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) invites you to support its 35th annual statewide preservation conference heading to the City of Midland in 2015. We anticipate welcoming over 400 participants from around the state and the Midwest on Wednesday through Saturday, May 13-16, 2015, using Northwood University as our conference headquarters.

Our conference title – “Always Seeking Modern” – is a broad one that explores the following truth about design and construction: Even as our enthusiasm grows for a new generation of historic buildings in Michigan – our state’s mid-twentieth century Modern architectural treasures – we know that every era has created its work to be at the cutting-edge of modernism. Whether 17th century Late Woodland Period cultures constructing shelters, 18th century French building Fort St. Joseph at Niles, 19th century Victorians experimenting with every building system from framing to plumbing, or Alden B. Dow perfecting his Unit Block in Midland, each sought to be original, inventive, new. You’ll be amazed to see the array of presenters who’ll be with us in Midland, a showcase of Modernism but a great backdrop for any time period we discuss!

We invite you to invest in the conference and the continued success we share in preserving Michigan’s historic resources of all ages. There are benefits for you if you do…

Your business is recognized in our 10,500 brochures, on the MHPN website and Facebook page, on state and national listservs, and on a variety of social media sites. Booth prices are reduced at the Vendors’ Showcase, you are hosted at a VIP reception, and your business is recognized during the conference. But hands down, the greatest return on your investment is that the conference inspires and educates buyers for the services, products, and properties you offer. Your business name recognized as a conference donor assures that people take note.

Please take a moment and choose from among the enclosed giving opportunities, request invoicing later if desired, and mail, e-mail, or fax your commitment to the MHPN Lansing office. We must hear from you by Friday, January 16, 2015, midnight, to include you in the brochure!

Thank you very much!
Janet L. Kreger
2015 Conference Co-Chair and Funding Coordinator

Sponsorship Benefits     Sponsorship Pledge Form

Volunteer for the 35th Annual Conference


Past Conferences

 2012 NTHP Conference Presentation






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