WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for economic development, tourism promotion, growth management, neighborhood revitalization, and maintaining overall community character while enhancing livability and fostering local pride; and,
WHEREAS, historic preservation can benefit Americans of all ages, walks of life, and ethnic backgrounds in urban and rural communities across the nation; and,
WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s history is preserved in its buildings, structures, and archaeological sites; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan has many National Historic Landmarks, National Register of Historic Places-listed sites and historic districts, and Local Historic Districts;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Historic Preservation Month.