The Michigan Historic Preservation Network – in collaboration with Essence of Emmet and the Emmet County Historical Commission – is holding its 37th annual statewide preservation conference in Emmet County Wednesday-Saturday, May 17-20, 2017. Titled “Imagine the Power of Partnerships,” the conference is headquartered in Petoskey on the campus of North Central Michigan College. Conference programming takes attendees around Emmet County and into several communities in neighboring Charlevoix and Cheboygan Counties.
For the Basic Program on Thursday and Friday, the conference offers four educational tracks. Track One showcases all sizes of Michigan communities and projects representing the conference theme. Track Two is for those who want to know more about the laws and policies, programs of assistance, and best practices that make preservation efforts effective. Overseen by the MHPN’s Historic Resource Council, Track Three features traditional trades and current building and development trends. Finally, Track Four offers tours highlighting preservation activities in our host community. Thursday includes a City of Petoskey + Bay Harbor Tour in the morning, the annual Church Tour in the afternoon, and the Twilight Tour around the Gaslight District of Petoskey. On Friday, the bus heads to Harbor Springs in the morning and Bay View in the afternoon.
Interested? During the last week of February, download the brochure at http://www.mhpn.org, request a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (517) 371-8080. Conference costs range from $65-$390 for MHPN members; enjoy immediately discounted conference fees when you join while registering. For significant savings, consider applying for a scholarship or volunteer position, take advantage of the free programs throughout the conference such as the Opening Reception or Keynote Address, or get a taste of the conference by attending a few individually ticketed activities. Most sessions and tours are approved for MCP, AICP, and AIA credits.