Join the board of MACCH!

The Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (MACCH) seeks cultural professionals from across the state of Michigan to join us as we create the future of our organization. It is an exciting time at MACCH as we look to broaden our membership and reshape our strategies to support cultural institutions in our state!

The goals of the Michigan Alliance are to:

  • Raise awareness among Michigan citizens of the value of and necessity to preserve and protect our cultural resources.
  • Advocate the protection and preservation of cultural resources in professional workshops and public forums.
  • Support actions by individuals, organizations and government to ensure the vitality and protection of our cultural heritage.
  • Promote, sponsor and facilitate education and training in conservation of cultural resources and historic artifacts.

We seek a diverse group of professionals from cultural institutions around the state. Board members meet roughly six times a year, by phone and/or at one of our member institutions (locations rotate). Membership dues per year are $25, which support the group’s activities and any awards/grants that we may give. More information can be found on our website,

To apply, please send your resume/CV to with a short statement detailing your interest, relevant professional background, and potential contribution to the Board.

Any questions, please contact or the current acting President, Katie Greer:

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Conservation story from The Henry Ford

A recent blog post from one of our member-represented institutions, The Henry Ford, illustrates some of the trials and triumphs that come with preservation and conservation efforts! Great job on a beautiful restoration: Conserving the Pier Table

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2016 Mackinac Art Exhibition call for entries: “Waters of Mackinac”

Mackinac State Historic Parks announces an Art Exhibition at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Art will be chosen by juror Henry Matthews, director of galleries and collections at Grand Valley State University. The subject of the artwork must conform to the theme, “Waters of Mackinac.” All media of artwork will be accepted from living artists, including photography, paint, sculpture and others. Artists may submit up to three pieces.

Entries for artwork must be postmarked March 18 2016. Finalists selected will have their work displayed at the museum from May 2, 2016 until early July, 2016. For more details and entry forms, please visit the Mackinac Parks website.


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Call for nominations: 2015 Michigan Heritage Guardian Award

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Michigan Heritage Guardian Award, due February 13.  These awards seek to “recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals or organizations in the preservation of cultural heritage in the state of Michigan.”

For further information, please see our Guardian Award page.

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Michigan and the World Trade Center

Former MACCH member Mark Harvey was featured in a recent article by Michigan Radio, detailing how the state of Michigan came to own the original architectural plans for the World Trade Center buildings!

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Mackinac Island Peace Garden

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Project Summary

Mackinac State Historic Parks is currently construction a Peace Garden to
commemorate 200 years of peaceful relations between the United States and Canada following the War of 1812. A series of proposal for a sculpture for the center of the garden were submitted and one was selected. The sculpture will be the centerpiece of the garden which will be dedicated on July 18, 2015 to commemorate and celebrate 200 years of peace between the United States and Canada following the War of 1812.

Site Description

The Peace Garden will be located behind and adjacent to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island. This is a highly visible and popular ornamental park below historic Fort Mackinac that includes well-maintained grass areas interspersed with lilac beds and a 1909 bronze sculpture of Fr. Jacques Marquette by Gaetano Trentanove. A small playground is immediately behind the garden. The garden itself will be roughly 80 feet in diameter with three oval shaped beds forming the perimeter with 18 inch masonry bench walls made with indigenous limestone and topped with a mortar cap. There will be a small bed (12 feet in diameter) made of the same limestone in the center of the garden. The sculpture will be mounted on a plinth no larger than 4 feet in diameter in the center of this bed.

The sculpture may be lit at night during a portion of the year. The sculpture must be permanently mounted and able to withstand the extreme temperature and climatic conditions of northern Michigan.


June 1, 2015 – Deadline for installation of sculpture

July 18, 2015 – Dedication of the Peace Garden and sculpture

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Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum, Mackinac State Historic Parks

Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.

Construction on the new building.

Mackinac State Historic Parks will open a new building and exhibit this summer at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The building will be a reproduction of the original 1890 fog signal building which served as a warehouse after a second fog signal was constructed in 1907. The warehouse will house the new Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum. The museum will house a number of shipwreck objects from vessels such as the Eber Ward, Cedarville, William H. Barnum and Northwest. The displays will include a map of the straits showing the location of wreck sites, models of three wrecks showing what they looked like while in service and three dioramas showing their current condition on the lake bottom. Topics such as salvage, diving and the Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve will be discussed. The exhibit was made possible through a generous donation of artifacts from Chuck and Jeri Feltner and other donors. The objects were conserved this winter by Dr. Brad Rodgers and Theresa Hicks of the Inland Seas Institute.

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Risk Management & Disaster Recovery

Jeanne Drewes is doing a two-day risk management and disaster recovery plan workshop with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) at the Delta Township District Library in Lansing MI on September 10 and November 8, 2013.

You can find out more about it here:

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South Southwest Rowhouse Grand Opening

On June 2, 2013, Mackinac State Historic Parks proudly opened the reconstructed
South Southwest Rowhouse inside Colonial Michilimackinac. The event was attended by
well over two hundred guests with Director Phil Porter, Deputy Director Steven Brisson
and Mackinac Island State Park Commissioner William Marvin addressing the crowd.
The building contains exhibits on French culture, hands on audio visual programs and
the remains of a French chimney. A new movie entitled Attack at Michilimackinac! is
shown in the theater throughout the day presenting the story of the June 2, 1763 attack
by Ojibwe and Sauk warriors. The reconstruction is the first new building inside the
palisade fort since 1989.

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NPI NEPA & Sect 4(f) seminars–Oct 7-10–Lansing, MI

The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2013-2014 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is available online at The 2013-2014 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions

Advance registration rate available through August 28, 2013
These seminars are being held in cooperation with the
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources
Lansing, MI — October 7-8, 2013

Learn about environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, and historic preservation responsibilities and relationships. Assess practical applications for effectively integrating the analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act, related environmental regulations, and the National Historic Preservation Act. An agenda is available online at

Section 4(f) Compliance for Historic Properties
Lansing, MI — October 9-10, 2013

Section 4(f) of the DOT Act of 1966 is triggered by projects funded or approved by a U.S. DOT agency that propose the use of historic property or land from a publicly owned park, recreation area, or refuge. Examine the stringent approval standards of this substantive law and discuss ways to better integrate and streamline Sections 4(f) and 106 with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. An agenda is available online at

Instructor. Joe Trnka, AICP, CEP, NEPA specialist with Kirkham Michael; specializes in NEPA, Section 106, and Section 4(f) projects

LA/CES. These seminars meet the criteria for programs in the American Society of Landscape Architects Continuing Education System and ASLA members will receive 6 learning units each day.

Registration. A registration form is available online at Advance registration rate available through August 29, 2013

Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.

Jere Gibber
Executive Director
National Preservation Institute
P.O. Box 1702, Alexandria, VA 22313
703/765-0100; 703/768-9350 fax;

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