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.
You are invited to submit a session abstract to be considered for presentation.
Deadline: Sunday, September 14, 2014, midnight.

 

 

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.

 

2015 Conference Call for Abstracts

“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point: We may be calling mid-twentieth century design “Modern,” but when has anyone designed or built anything to be outdated?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.”

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Past Conferences

 2012 NTHP Conference Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

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