Seven historic preservation projects across Michigan honored with annual Governor’s Awards

Seven projects to rehabilitate and preserve historically significant sites and buildings across Michigan were recognized last week through the annual Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation. “I’m excited that new projects like these will be enabled very soon with the launch of the next round of state historic tax credits.”Now in its 19th year, the Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation program, held annually during National Historic Preservation Month, was created by SHPO to celebrate outstanding historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s unique character and the many archaeological sites and historic structures that represent our rich past. Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes said in a statement that the preservation of Michigan’s historic sites are vital to understanding the past. “Each year during National Historic Preservation Month the Governor’s Award program gives us an opportunity to recognize standout historic preservation efforts across the state, exemplifying the collaboration and deep impact preservation can have in Michigan communities,” MacFarlane-Faes said. “This year’s diverse group of awards has inspired additional preservation activity and economic investment, and illustrate projects that represent preservation best practices.”National Historic Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help local preservation groups, historical societies and communities promote historic places and heritage tourism and to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.