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Historic Preservation on the Web

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.

Additional Resources

  • 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. 
  • WhatWasThere - this website is a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.

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. 


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