MHPN Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
May 17, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Each spring, the Network sponsors the state’s largest annual statewide preservation conference to provide training and networking opportunities geared to both beginners and seasoned preservationists. In addition to offering sessions crammed with the latest news and information from around the state, the conference is known for its keynote speakers, festive evening activities, and annual auction of Michigan items ranging from overnights at historic bed-and-breakfasts, to antiques, books, and gourmet delights. Among the many features of the gathering is the Vendor’s Showcase, which provides and opportunity for the general public to view the latest products and services in the preservation industry.
Historic preservation is all about work done in partnership with others.
There’s the large preservation project that makes the news – perhaps the late-19th-century furniture manufactory in West Michigan transformed into unique residential lofts – and there’s the property owner working Up North every summer to reclaim the wood windows of a late-19th-century cottage. In the first project, the property owner is in a dizzying partnership with investors, bankers, accountants, attorneys, consultants, and state and federal agencies. In the second, the cottager forms a simple alliance with the local lumberyard owner who shares the art of re-roping a window’s weights and pulleys.
Then there’s every imaginable form of partnership in between. An adventuresome couple takes some classes, buys an early-20th-century Bungalow, and restores its original wood sheathing, hardwood floors, and leaded-glass cabinetry. An enormous group resonates to a crowd-funding appeal and underwrites production of an architectural history book. A small group refuses to accept a crumbling village center; its like-minded individuals restore key buildings and, with inventive sales and marketing, reclaim a destination soon attracting weekend travelers. And there’s the entire town – from children, to cultural leaders, to local officials – that comes together to save a stunning local opera house.
Placing collaborative efforts at the forefront in 2017, we seek presenters who will provide participants with the skills needed to work in all kinds of partnerships helping to maintain their traditional downtowns and neighborhoods, safeguard Michigan’s architectural treasures of the recent past, understand and protect their pre-historic and historic archaeological resources, counter development pressures on shoreline and agricultural communities, revitalize their Legacy Cities, and more.
For more information, visit the conference website.