Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Our Town: Preserving Places Together
MAY 11-14, 2022

Holly, Michigan


Continuing Education - APA-AICP - 2016
Continuing Education - Michigan Citizen Planner - 2014

Schedule at a Glance

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Wednesday, MAY 11

Pre-Conference Workshop 1
SHPO: Your Partner in Preservation
(Divinity Room)

Pre-Conference Workshop 2
Sound Preparation, Great Local Projects




The 42nd Annual Statewide Preservation Conference is underwritten through the generous support of

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State Historic Preservation Office - 2020

Thank You to Our 2022 Conference Sponsors

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

SHPO: Your Partner in Preservation

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) can seem like an abstract place, particularly for those who don’t know where to start with questions. Many people don’t know the full array of SHPO services, how to contact the office, or how SHPO programs and tools can be leveraged to enhance local preservation activities. This session broadly explores SHPO’s community-focused programs—including survey, local historic districts, National Register of Historic Places, and Certified Local Government program-–and how to work alongside SHPO as an ongoing partner in local preservation efforts. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

NAME: Martha MacFarlane-Faes
TITLE: Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

NAME: Katie Kolokithas
TITLE: Survey Coordinator

NAME: Amy Arnold
TITLE: Preservation Planner

NAME: Alan Higgins
TITLE: Certified Local Government Coordinator

NAME: Todd Walsh
TITLE: National Register Coordinator

Sponsored by Rentrop & Morrison, PC

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 3; AIA: 3.0 LU

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Sound Preparation, Great Local Projects

The more preparation we put into getting our local projects off the ground, the better the final projects. In their three sessions, our panelists talk about working with individual homes, with neighborhoods, and with entire communities. These long-time preservation professionals discuss their topics but use them as springboards for a broader discussion and all your questions.

Sponsored by Park Smith, AIAE

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Sound Preparation, Great Local Projects

My Old House: Researching Your Old House’s History and Creating Public Programs and Events

Every house has a story to tell. In this presentation, you learn how to uncover their histories, including who built them and when, their architectural styles, and stories of the families who called them home. After that, you learn how to use that information for programs and events.

NAME: Robert Myers
TITLE: Director of History Programming
AFFIL: Historical Society of Michigan

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1; AIA: 1.0 LU

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Sound Preparation, Great Local Projects

Surveying Kalamazoo, Together

Discover strategies to not only conduct a historic resource survey but to engage, empower, and involve community residents in the process. Learn how community engagement has played a critical role in the ongoing historic surveys in the City of Kalamazoo – specifically in the Edison neighborhood.

NAME: Lillian Candela
TITLE: Project Architect & Architectural Historian
AFFIL: Kraemer Design Group

NAME: Cassandra Talley
TITLE: Architectural Historian
AFFIL: Kraemer Design Group

NAME: Sharon Ferraro
TITLE: Historic Preservation Coordinator
AFFIL: City of Kalamazoo

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1; AIA: 1.0 HSW

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Sound Preparation, Great Local Projects

Strategies and Resources for Documenting, Preserving, and Celebrating History

Preserving a place depends on understanding its history. Using the 36 square miles of rural Rose Township in Oakland County as our laboratory, we explore research techniques, preserving buildings important to your community, avoiding “fake history,” engaging partners, leveraging digital technologies, celebrating your findings, and so much more!

NAME: Carol Bacak-Egbo
TITLE: Historian and Project Advisor
AFFIL: Oakland County Parks and Recreation

NAME: Maura Jung
TITLE: Educator
AFFIL: Rose Heritage Committee

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1; AIA: 1.0 LU

Thursday, May 12, 2022

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Plenary: Leveraging the Power of Place

Building our local identity based on ‘place’ works best when working together, discovering – perhaps for the first time – how our paths have come to cross. An historic neighborhood, a traditional downtown, mill buildings lining a riverbank, or the lakeside where Indigenous communities once thrived can each serve as the armature on which local identity is built. The gaps can’t be missed. In filling them in, we discover people who have never been represented. Historic preservation has been placemaking for decades. Why? Because people find that conserved places can effectively embody layers upon layers of human stories. In a pre-historic or historic place, our identity unfolds before us, one that can be seen and touched.

TITLE: Principal Planner and Program Coordinator of Main Street Oakland County
AFFIL: Oakland County

NAME: Myrna Segura
TITLE: Director of Programs / Mexicantown Main Street Directior
AFFIL: Southwest Detroit Business Association

NAME: Glenn Wilson
TITLE: President and CEO
AFFIL: Communities First, Inc.

NAME: Anne Gentry
TITLE: Executive Director
AFFIL: Alpena Downtown Development Authority

NAME: Michael McGuinness
TITLE: Executive Director
AFFIL: Berkley Downtown Development Authority

NAME: William Johnson
TITLE: Interim Director
AFFIL: Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways

Sponsored by Kathleen H. Wendler

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1.50, Eq 1; AIA: 1.5 HSW

Thursday, May 12, 2022

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Michigan State Historic Tax Credits

PA 343 of 2020 was signed into law establishing the new State Historic Tax Credit, a Michigan income tax credit of 25 percent available to support the rehabilitation of certain historic resources. This session introduces the basics of the program, and discusses eligibility, the application, and the review processes.

NAME: Robbert McKay
TITLE: Historical Architect
AFFIL: State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Strategic Fund

Sponsored by Architecture + design Inc.

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1, L 1; AIA: 1.0 LU

Friday, May 13, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Taking Preservation Mainstream

Historic Preservation affects and is affected by a vast array of issues. Incorporating preservation into community planning, zoning and sustainability initiatives is a must to provide for equitable, resilient communities.

While designating landmarks and historic districts, listing in the National Register of Historic Places, providing historic preservation tax credits and placing easements on historic properties, preservationists must reach past these and integrate themselves into other planning aspects for preservation to be truly effective. Climate change is affecting sustainability of our historic resources; energy efficiency can dictate building selection; zoning laws can determine the future of a historic district; participation by under-represented communities changes the dynamic of what is preserved.

Join Sara Bronin and discover how to integrate historic preservation in all aspects of your community planning.

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker whose interdisciplinary work focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. She is a Professor of the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, an Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School, and a Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

In addition to her books and treatises on land use and historic preservation law, she has written over two dozen articles on renewable energy, climate change, housing, urban planning, transportation, real estate development, and federalism.

Professor Bronin is a board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code. As the founder of Desegregate Connecticut, she leads a coalition that successfully advanced the first major statewide zoning reforms in several decades. Previously, she chaired Preservation Connecticut, served on the city of Hartford historic preservation commission, and led Hartford’s nationally-recognized efforts to adopt a climate action plan and overhaul the zoning code.

Mark Rodman previously served as Executive Director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. Prior to joining the Network, Rodman was Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for History Colorado (SHPO) overseeing the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Historical Fund. Rodman previously was Operations Manager for the tax credit rehabilitation of the Revolution Cotton Mill in Greensboro, NC. From 2002-08, he served as Executive Director of Colorado Preservation, Inc. Rodman has also worked as Director of Operations for Preservation North Carolina and Operations Manager for Wachovia Bank. He began his career as Operations Supervisor with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department of the City of Rock Hill, SC. Rodman holds a masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and an MBA from Winthrop University.

Keynote Address sponsored by
Warner Norcross + Judd
Melinda A. Hill
Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Quinn Evans
MHPN Board, Emeriti, Committees, and Staff
Sandra S. Clark, Michigan History Center
Eastern Michigan University – Historic
Preservation Program

Lunch sponsored by The Roxbury Group

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1, L 1, Eq 1; AIA: 1.0 HSW

Friday, May 13, 2022

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Michigan Archaeology in the National Register of Historic Places: So Many Significant Sites, So Few Listings!

The State Archaeological Site File includes nearly 25,000 sites spanning ~14,000 years of state history. Given this wealth of archaeological resources, why are so few sites nominated to the NRHP? Learn about Michigan archaeology’s representation in the NRHP, the impacts of underrepresentation, common barriers to nomination, and paths for progress.

NAME: Stacy Tchorzynski
TITLE: Archaeologist
AFFIL: Department of Natural Resources

NAME: Michael Hambacher
TITLE: Archaeologist
AFFIL: State Historic Preservation Office

Sponsored by Dean L. Anderson, State Archaeologist (Retired) and Laura Rose Ashlee, State Historic Preservation Office (Retired)

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 1.25, Eq 1; AIA: 1.25 HSW

Friday, May 13, 2022

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

31st Annual Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony

Don’t just head home at the end of Friday’s programs! Join us to
celebrate those honored for great preservation work this past year. The
Reception runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and features hors d’oeuvres and desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, and cash bar for wine and beer (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover accepted). The Ceremony begins promptly at 7:30 PM. The Raffle Winner is drawn!

Sponsored by
The Christman Company Historic
Preservation Group
AIA Michigan
Allen Architectural Metals, Inc.
Impact Credit Partners
BlackBerry Window & Door Systems
Kraemer Design Group
Morgan Stanley, Patrick J. Bruntjens, Financial Advisor
Charlotte Whitney Stevens

Saturday, May 14, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Annual Historic District Commissions Training (But Open to All!)

Community Preservation: Best Practices and Thoughtful Solutions

Local historic districts are key to protecting historic resources. In this expanded session, SHPO staff address the best practices for community preservation, including survey, local historic districts, and Certified Local Governments (CLG). Later, experienced local staff and commissioners share their best practices and solutions to seldom-discussed predicaments faced by local historic district commissions. These practical solutions and valuable tips will help grow the commission’s influence in your community.

Presenters from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office:

NAME: Amy Arnold
TITLE: Preservation Planner

NAME: Alan Higgins
TITLE: Certified Local Government Coordinator

NAME: Katie Kolokithas
TITLE: Survey Coordinator

NAME: Martha MacFarlane-Faes
TITLE: Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

NAME: Todd Walsh
TITLE: National Register Coordinator

And guest experts:

NAME: Devan Anderson, AIA
TITLE/AFFIL: Senior Associate, Quinn Evans Architects; Former Detroit Historic District
Commissioner; President, Preservation Detroit

NAME: Rhonda Baker
TITLE: Historic Preservation Specialist
AFFIL: City of Grand Rapids

NAME: Lindsey Dotson
TITLE: Main Street DDA Director/HDC Liaison
AFFIL: City of Charlevoix

NAME: Chris Green
TITLE: Chair
AFFIL: Calumet Historic District Commission

NAME: Garrick Landsberg, AIA
TITLE: Director, Historic Preservation, Planning and Development
AFFIL: City of Detroit

NAME: Jill Thacher
TITLE: Historic Preservation Coordinator
AFFIL: City of Ann Arbor

Sponsored by Peter Basso Associates/Illuminart, a division of Peter Basso Associates
Special assistance is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Continuing Education – AICP: CM 2.75, L 1; AIA: 2.75 HSW