Membership Categories


The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is a membership organization, with our work done for and in behalf of our membership.  The Board of Directors ultimately takes its direction from the membership, with members gaining a certain number of votes dependent on membership category as described below.  Additionally, the basic benefits of being a member of MHPN in any category are:

  • Priority access to our professionally staffed office.
  • Reduced registration rates at our annual conference including great sessions, keynote presentation, vendors’ showcase, and annual awards ceremony.
  • Reduced rates for Historic District Commission training session.
  • Reduced rates for Practical Preservation Workshops.
  • Information and educational opportunities from the Historic Resource Council.
  • Subscription to our newsletter “NetworkNews.”
  • Regular e-mailed communication regarding important news and events.
  • Continuous advocacy on public policy and tax incentives that benefit historic buildings.
  • Statewide and national preservation networking.
  • Annual Awards that recognize outstanding preservation achievement.
  • Invitation to annual Fall Benefit, House Parties, and other social events throughout the year.
  • Reduced rate access to the MHPN speakers’ bureau.
  • Special publications – i.e. “The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Michigan” or the Historic Resource Council Annual Directory – free or at a reduced cost.

Membership Categories

The MHPN offers the following six categories for membership:

I. Individuals and Households:

An individual is defined as a sole person whose name is associated with the membership.  A household is made up of related individuals living at the same address, all of whom are associated with the membership.  The term “related” is applied very loosely by the MHPN, and is not meant to suggest any kind of legal relationship, although the most common Household membership is held by a family.

VOTE:  Each individual membership and each household membership
exercises one vote.   In a household, it is up to the household’s members
to determine how they will cast their one vote.

  1. (Category 1 – $40) Basic membership – is held by a person or related persons who are out of school and not yet 60 years of age.
  2. (Category 2 – $20) Student membership – is held by a person or related persons with current student ID.  While most student memberships are held by undergraduate and graduate students, there is no age limit implied – i.e. the student can be ‘non-traditional’ and well past the age of their university cohort, or be a very young student.  Similarly, there is no requirement for being in school fulltime, being in a traditional academic setting, or studying in any particular field.
  3. (Category 3 – $20) Senior membership – is held by a person or related persons who are 60 years of age or older.

II. (Category 4 – $120) Historic Resource Council:

All giving categories discussed in this document have the same basic array of membership benefits (see the Basic Benefits listed above).  HRC membership, however, also confers very specific business advantages for those businesses that make part or all of their income from historic preservation or related fields.  For example, HRC members are listed in a widely distributed annual directory of preservation-related businesses and professionals; they are given an opportunity to be showcased in the directory by purchasing advertising.  Members in this category also have access to the HRC e-mail list and have opportunities to meet prospective clients and network with other professionals at HRC sponsored events.

VOTE:  Each HRC member exercises two votes.  It is up to each to determine how they will vote and who will cast it.

III. (Category 5 – $75) Organization / Institution / Government:

These all are organizations, defined here in their most common ways.  An Organization might be a peer non-profit that wishes to reflect its interrelatedness with the MHPN through membership – i.e. a nature conservancy.  Institutions with an interest in membership could be those with similar missions – i.e. a church that maintains an historic house of worship in a traditional downtown.  A Government might be an entity with involvement in historic preservation – i.e. a city, township, or county – that has not yet evolved into having an Historic District Commission or Study Committee that would join under Category 6 below.

VOTE:  Each organization, institution, or government exercises one vote.

IV. (Category 6 – $150) Historic District Commissions or Study Committees:

A study committee is established under PA 169 of 1970 (as amended) to begin documenting a community’s historic resources for purposes of designation and protection; a committee is established under the same enabling legislation when districts have been established under a protective ordinance and a commission is seated to oversee work in those districts as per the ordinance.  Keeping the enabling legislation strong, educating commissioners, etc., are the reason the MHPN exists.

VOTE:  Each member of an Historic District Commission or Study Commission, up to ten members, may exercise the right to vote.

Membership categories as a means by which to gift “something extra”

You can now become a member of MHPN and gift “something extra” at the same time.  To gift a little extra, simply determine the right membership category for you-and then add as much more as you are comfortable following the suggested amounts below.

___$50 – $99            Sustaining Level Gift added to membership
___$100 – $249        Patron Level Gift added to membership
___$250 – $499        Sponsor Level Gift added to membership
___$500-or-more     Benefactor Level Gift added to membership

While the membership portion of your dues is not tax deductible, the extra gift is deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please consult your tax advisor for the full explanation of tax deductions.