Michigan State Historic Preservaton Office
Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) identifies, evaluates, registers, interprets and protects the state's historic properties.
The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and Michigan Historic Preservation Network have recently produced a video about restoring historic windows. The informative video is currently available on YouTube for viewing.
The Michigan State Historic Preservaton Office and Michigan Historic Preservation Network have also recently published the "Lead Resource Guide for Owners of Older and Historic Buildings," which contains information about hazards from lead in older homes, legal requirements for contractors who do lead abatement work, and information about preserving homes while maintaining a lead-safe environment. The publication can be found here: Lead Resource Guide for Owners of Older and Historic Buildings.
National Park Service web pages related to Preservation
The National Park Service is a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. There are extensive resources related to history and culture on their website, including historic preservation.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a membership organization that champions preservation nationwide.
- The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is an advocate of Michigan's historic places, and is dedicated to preserving Michigan's cultural and architectural heritage.
- Kempf House Museum - built in 1853, is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style. You are invited to visit the house, learn about Ann Arbor's early history and see how the Kempfs lived in the 1800s.
- Cobblestone Farm - 2781 Packard Road, 48104 - 734.794.6230 - This historic farmstead is owned by the City of Ann Arbor. The cobblestone house was built in 1844 and restoration began in the 1980s. The farm illustrates agricultural, architectural, domestic, religious and social customs of the nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Open weekends, May through October.
- Washtenaw County's historic preservation site includes information on heritage tours, the HistWeb Database, the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission, and more.
Information available at the Ann Arbor District Library
- The Image Gallery has hundreds of historic photos of Ann Arbor in a searchable database.
- The Making of Ann Arbor is a public website on the history and development of the Ann Arbor Commmunity. Created in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library, the Bently Historical Library and the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Services.
Key Milestones in U.S. Preservation History
1872—Yellowstone National Park was made a federally protected area.
1875—Mackinac National Park on Mackinac Island became America's second national park. It remained a national park until it was transferred to the State of Michigan in 1895.
1895—Adirondack Forest Preserve was instituted by New York State.
1906—Congress passes The Antiquities Act. This is the first national historic preservation legislation and gave the President authority to designate historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest. It also led to the survey and inventory of hundreds of historic properties, created stiff penalties for people who demolished properties on federal land and took the power of preservation enforcement away from Congress and gave it to the Executive Branch, where it still resides today under the guidance of the Secretary of the Interior.
1916—National Park Service was established to deal with areas too large to be preserved privately, such as Colonial National Historical Park in Jamestown and Yorketown, Virginia.
1926—John D. Rockefeller, Jr., funded the restoration and reconstruction of Williamsburg, Virginia.
1929—Henry Ford establishes the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
1931—Charleston, South Carolina is designated as the nation’s first historic district.
1935—Historic Sites Act is passed by Congress establishing historic preservation policy to preserve for public use historic sites, buildings and objects of national significance for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the United States.
1949—National Trust for Historic Preservation is founded.
1966—Congress passes the National Historic Preservation Act—the most important historic preservation legislation ever passed. The legislation created the National Register of Historic Properties, allowed for the creation of State Historic Preservation Offices, established funding for preservation initiatives at the state and local levels and decided how to handle/preserve/protect historic properties owned by private land owners.
1970—Michigan passes Public Act 169, the Michigan Local Historic District Act, which established guidelines for creating historic districts. This act created a legal basis for making historic preservation a “public purpose” in Michigan.
1978—Revenue Act passed by Congress allowing for investment tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
1999—Michigan amends PA 169 to include a 25% tax credit for residential and other historic structures.
2001—Michigan’s Historic Tax Credits are made permanent via state legislation.
2008—Michigan’s Historic Tax Credit program is expanded.
While the preservation movement in the United States got a relatively late start, it has made considerable gains over the past century and a half. While the notion of what to protect has expanded, so too has the legislation that determines what should be protected and how to protect it. From the Mount Vernon Ladies Association to the Federal government and National Park Service to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and back to the State Historic Preservation Offices and local historic district commissions, the people and organizations of the movement have moved from the grass roots level up to the Federal government and back down to the state and the local government—because the power of preservation truly resides with individuals at the local level.
Last updated August 20, 2012