CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network announces its 38th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
Thursday – Saturday, May 17-19, 2018
East Lansing, Michigan
You are invited to submit a session abstract to be considered for presentation.
Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017, midnight.
About Our Theme “Proactive Preservation”
Historic preservationists are skilled advocates for the work we do although few of us would think of ourselves that way.
Think, for example, of the volunteers surveying the architectural resources in their town. Up and down the streets they go taking photos every Saturday; the library research takes months. The volunteers talk with their neighbors about recognizing and protecting what’s special about their community. The best way to do that is with a local protective ordinance they explain. These are not easy conversations because property owners can be wary, but their methodical work leads to passage of an ordinance and designation of the first local historic district.
Or we think of the development team that wants to save an abandoned historic building. They seem to be the only ones, however, who see its potential for adaptive reuse. Seeking financing, the team finds lenders who are skeptical that a worn out building can be reclaimed. The resulting loan-to-value ratio is low so the developers, undeterred, employ their best negotiating skills to secure layers of grants, private equity, municipal loans, and tax credits. The project is a success.
Is this kind of everyday advocacy effective? Yes, just look around Michigan for hundreds of other examples similar to these where proactivity has paid off. Our 2018 conference recognizes just how much preservationists have accomplished in Michigan to maintain their traditional downtowns and neighborhoods, understand and protect their archaeological resources, safeguard architectural treasures of the recent past, revitalize their Legacy Cities, counter development pressures on shoreline and agricultural communities, and more.
At the East Lansing Conference, participants have an opportunity to experience the university community of East Lansing, our capital city Lansing, and some of the smaller communities in the area.
We seek abstracts for three program tracks: Theme, Information, and Applied Skills.
Would a session idea of yours be a good fit? Learn more about the abstract process here.
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Posted: July 7, 2017
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