Join and get involved with the MI Impact Coalition  and MHPN as we work to bring back Michigan’s State Rehab Tax  Credit. New bills were introduced in the house & senate January 2019. 

Fall Benefit

Every year MHPN hosts a Fall Benefit in a unique and interesting historic site.  The events are typically in southeast or central Michigan, and always include a great time.  Past events have been held in a historic home in Lansing; at the Detroit Club, Detroit; the Municipal Building/Christman Building, Lansing; the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti; Harmonie Club/Virgil Carr Cultural Center in Detroit’s Paradise Valley.  Food, music,  both a silent and live auction, and a chance to network with preservationists from across the state make the event the place to be each fall.

The proceeds from the benefit and the auctions help to support the ongoing operations of our organization and help to facilitate preservation in Michigan.

Photograph courtesy of Detroit Masonic Temple  

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network cordially invites you to the

24th Annual MHPN Fall Benefit at the 

The Detroit Masonic Temple

Saturday, September 29, 2018


5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
500 Temple Street (between 2nd and Cass Avenues)
Detroit, MI 48201

RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6 PM
Capacity is 180 guests

Register online using Eventbrite or print a Registration Form to mail or fax back!

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages,
beer and wine bar, live and silent auctions, tours, marketplace, and more!

Registration:    $100 per person

$75 for Students, Government Employees/Officials, Seniors 60+

SPECIAL:  Behind-the-Scenes Tour Registration for Guests:
This 90-minute guided tour will run from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM and is free.

When you register for the Fall Benefit, sign up.
Attendance is limited to 25-30 participants. 

(Note that short tours also will be offered between 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.) 

Business dress is appropriate for the evening.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is barrier free; please call ahead for assistance.

You do not have to be an MHPN member to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

  $100 per person

$75 for Students, Government Employees/Officials, Seniors (60+)

The evening includes strolling dinner fare and desserts, hosted bar for beer and white wine,  live and silent auctions, tours, marketplace, and more!

Photographs courtesy of Detroit Masonic Temple

About the MHPN’s Fall Benefit

Members and friends of the MHPN have gathered for over 20 years to spend an enjoyable Fall evening at a significant historic venue and to raise funds for the organization.  Most often we are in Detroit at buildings such as the Fisher, Grand Army of the Republic, Guardian, or last year, the Charles Lang Freer House on the WSU campus!

We’re at another unique Detroit venue this year

The MHPN is delighted to have support from The Christman Company that allows us to be at Detroit’s stunning Masonic Temple this year.  Designed by George D. Mason and built between 1920 and 1926, the Temple was the lodge hall for forty-seven fraternal orders and an entertainment center for Detroit social and cultural events.  The massive structure is composed of the fourteen-story Ritual Tower, the ten-story Shrine Club Tower, and the 4,600 seat Auditorium building that joins the two.  Limestone-sheathed, they reflect a Gothic inspiration with medieval castellated towers, Tudor arches, and sculptured figures of guards and knights.  Inside, the lodge rooms are richly detailed with Egyptian, Greek Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tudor, and Romanesque motifs.  Upon completion, the Detroit Masonic Temple was recognized as the largest building of its kind in the world. 

Here are the details you need

For parking information, go to:  Sharing rides or taking Uber from a location outside of downtown is recommended; Detroit parking is costly. 

To enter the Masonic Temple, guests may come into the Ritual Tower through either the Temple Street or 2nd Avenue entrances.  If coming early for the special behind-the-scenes tour, participants should come in the 2nd Avenue entrance to meet the leaders. 

Full refunds are provided up to the RSVP deadline.  You may give your ticket to another guest but please let us know.  If you are using a complimentary ticket, we ask that you register so we know you are attending.  The MHPN is a 501-c-3 organization; $50 of your registration fee represents a gift in support of its programs.  For questions, call 517-371-8080 or e-mail

Interested in doing more?  

Consider donating to the MHPN Live or Silent Auction! Donations are due by Friday, September 21, 2018. The Donation Form is available here.  

You can also be included in a sponsor for the event!  The information to be a Fall Benefit Sponsor is here; and a list of your benefits is here!  


The Michigan  Historic Preservation Network is pleased to announce that it will present two special awards at the upcoming 2018 Fall Benefit on Saturday, September 29 at the Detroit Masonic Temple.  


John Gallagher

Business Reporter, Detroit Free Press

MHPN Citizen Award Recipient

John Gallagher is being honored with a 2018 MHPN Citizen Award. This honor is reserved for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Michigan’s heritage.  As a business reporter for the Detroit Free Press, John has spoken out on issues affecting us all.  In 2011, he helped us fight, though unsuccessfully, against the elimination of the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit (ITC).  January of 2016 began with the most serious threat ever made to preservation in Michigan when draft legislation was proposed to destroy the Local Historic Districts Act.  John helped mobilize a massive outpouring of dissent that thwarted the challenge.  In 2017, John helped reverse the attack on the federal Historic Preservation ITC, and, most recently, he is lending his support for reintroduction of Michigan’s ITC.  What gives John’s Detroit Free Press articles integrity and added power is his author’s ability to contextualize each situation through his longer works.  Some of John’s books have been sweeping surveys such as AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture that he co-authored in 2003 with architect Eric Hill.  Others have gone in-depth on a single topic as in his 2015 book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity.  With all his writing, John has been an ally of inestimable value.

Kristine M. Kidorf

Past President, Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Founder and President, Kidorf Preservation Consulting, Detroit

MHPN Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by consensus of the MHPN’s senior leadership to individuals who have worked throughout their careers to promote historic preservation in Michigan.  Kristine Kidorf has been involved as a professional in the field for over 30 years, with the MHPN benefitting from her leadership and drive for 20 of them.  After receiving her Masters from the University of Vermont, she made her way to Michigan where she built her impressive array of skills through work experiences in Lansing and Detroit.  In 2005, Kristine made the decisive leap to establish her own Detroit-based consulting business, providing clients with the expertise needed to work effectively with their historic resources.  In the late 1990s, Kristine had become involved with the MHPN, being elected to the Board in 2000.  Starting in 2003, she became a three-term President of the organization.  She helped the MHPN transition from its first Executive Director to its second.  She introduced professional facilitation for retreats and integrated goals into the everyday work of the organization to hold people accountable and get projects completed.  Kristine is a sought-after trainer of Historic District Commissioners, having trained hundreds of people around the state.  Her advancement of the MHPN and the field of historic preservation in Detroit and Michigan has been invaluable.