Historic Preservation Advocacy Day, February 21, 2017. Learn more about it here

Preservation Toolkit


From the California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation


This Community Guide is funded by the State Historic Preservation Office
(SHPO) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA),
in conjunction with Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN).
April 2014.

A total of 263 Projects were completed in Michigan with Approved Historic Tax Credit Rehabilitation Plans for the Years 1999-2010.  These projects included State, Federal, or a combination of both Credits.  The full list of these projects is available here.

Window_Weatherizing  by James Hamilton, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit

Window_Repair  by James Hamilton, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit

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

MSHDA MINeighborhood Program