Preservation Toolkit

NEW! – Lead Resource Guide

Effective Vacant Property Programs

Why a Local Historic District?


Rehab Tax Credits Template

Grassroots Guide for Local Preservationists

LHD Ordinance vs Zoning Ordinance

How Much Does it Really Cost to Close a Historic School

Michigan Historic School Rehab Case Studies

What Makes A House Historic And Not Just Old

How to Save A Building
Additional links:

Preservation Action “one pagers”

Preservation Action Briefing Guide

Preservation Action Lobbying 1-2-3

Michigan Cultural Alliance

ArtServ Michigan

Michigan Festivals & Events Association

Michigan Humanities Council

Michigan Museums Association

Michigan Youth Arts

How property owners can sell their historic homes

Michigan nonprofits/museums:  (Michigan Nonprofit Assoc.)

Michigan rural website:

Michigan State Marker program:

Great Lakes Maritime History

Preservation incentives for commercial property owners/developers
HABS/HAER records, panoramic maps/photographs, photograph collections, manuscripts
Penny postcards, arranged by county
Michigan county histories and atlases
Michigan Genealogy Web: Individual county sites may have histories, maps, and other info online

EMU library databases
Heritage Quest: Census records, various local books and sources online
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Search by city/state
Original purchasers of land from the government. Click on “Search Land Patents” under the title; Use the second tab (“standard”) to search by township/parcel
David Rumsey Map collection
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USGS Topographic Quadrangle Maps by County
State Archives (subdivision plat maps – last entry under “genealogy” pulldown); also check circulars (under same) for possible sources: i.e. architectural plans and drawings, parks, rural property inventories
Clarke Historical Library, CMU, Aladdin Homes