Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Upcoming Workshops

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Following the Path of Our Ancestors

On April 9, 2013, the Director of the National Park Service formally approved the proposal of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (SCIT) to assume certain State Historic Preservation Officer duties within the Tribe’s reservation lands and on Tribal trust lands in Michigan.

The SCIT’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office (SCIT THPO) is committed to honoring the cultural heritage of the Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek through its historic preservation program and Federal grant projects.

Marcella Hadden, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and William Johnson, Interim Director, Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will discuss the SCIT’s National Park Service Tribal Heritage Grant Project and their National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund to Underrepresented Communities Grant Project.

The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School (MIIBS) Initiative and the Saginaw Chippewa Asinii Waakaa’igan (Stone House) Projects are imbued with the spirit of the Anishinabek ancestors and follows a time-honored course. The SCIT THPO and Ziibiwing Center embraces the love of our ancestors and nurtures the path that guides these projects for the benefit of the Anishinabe people.

July 29, 2021
1:00 PM in Eastern Time
Hot off the Press: Connecting Buildings and People Through Preservation at the Detroit Free Press Building

Preservation inherently speaks to the past, using photographs and newspaper articles as primary sources for rehabilitation of historic material. However, in doing so, preservation can happen in a tunnel – focused on the physical features but ignoring the impact of the rehabilitation on the people with personal connections to the building. The memories people carry and associate with a particular place hold an equal, but often less considered, weight when understanding the history of a building. Using the recently renovated Detroit Free Press Building as a case study, join Laura Mitchell of Kraemer Design Group to explore the impact the building and the people within have had on each other through interviews, stories, and photographs, and how the preservation process was informed by and has impacted both people and history.

August 12, 2021
1:00 PM in Eastern Time
Behind the Scenes of Raising Historic Fishtown

Have you seen photos of a giant crane hoisting Fishtown’s shanties away from the Leland River? Amanda Holmes, executive director of Fishtown Preservation Society (FPS), will share how FPS has navigated recent record high waters and their ongoing impact on Leland’s Fishtown. She will explore the planning, permit, and construction process, as well as lessons learned. Water issues have always been a part of Fishtown’s story. Amanda will also share how FPS draws from fishermen’s creative solutions in the past, and how the organization balances preservation, current regulations, and being in a federal waterway, all the while keeping an active and authentic commercial fishery.

September 30, 2021
1:00 PM in Eastern Time

Practical Preservation Workshops

These workshops are designed to educate historic home owners and commercial building owners on the benefits of historic preservation. The participants will gain a profound understanding of restoration techniques and methods, at the same time, discovering invaluable ways to save money.

Workshop participants will gain the knowledge and skills they need to perform masterful restorations as well as a greater appreciation for the cost-effectiveness of historic preservation. 

Understanding Preservation Practices

Realtor Education Workshop

Join the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for this workshop to equip Realtors and real estate professionals with tools to help market and sell older homes. Learn how to communicate the value of owning a historic property to your clientele!

Continuing Education: The workshop offers two elective CE credit hours. 

For more information, please call us at 517.371.8080

or e-mail MHPN Field Representative Mallory Bower at Mbower@mhpn.org