Two Michigan State University departments, officials recognized for historic preservation on campus

Six Michigan projects earn 2017 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation

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Misty Miller


March 30, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University’s Campus Archaeology Program has designed innovative ways to study the history of the university while giving students an edge.

Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Earl Poleski today announced the program as one of the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation.

“Historic preservation and the protection of our cultural resources is vital to our economic development, our sense of place, and our identity as Michiganders,” Gov. Snyder said. “Each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, we recognize the people and organizations who preserve Michigan’s historic buildings and archaeological sites.”

Over the past decade, any time the ground is disturbed on MSU’s campus the Department of Anthropology and Department of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities have worked together to study the jobs. Prior to the start of such projects, the Campus Archaeology Program is called in to survey the site for archaeological evidence.

The benefits of this program include hands-on field experience for archaeology students, the university learns about its own past and it is able to share the information with the community at large through open houses and events like Grandparents University. The Campus Archaeology Program, which has the full support of MSU’s Office of the President, is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize 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 document Michigan’s rich past.

“These projects result from collaboration, creativity, investment of time, energy and money, and they represent just a few of the great preservation projects taking place throughout Michigan,” Poleski said. “These recipients all have vision: the ability to see a future that includes historic places. We are pleased to recognize their excellent work.”

The 2017 recipients are:

  • Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, McBride Construction, Inc. and Garon Gopigian for the restoration of the James and Jean Douglas House, Harbor Springs
  • LC Consultants LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Rockford Construction, Inc; Nehil-Sivak Structural Engineers; and Past Perfect Inc. for the rehabilitation of Century Furniture Co. and Central Furniture Co./H. E. Shaw Furniture, Grand Rapids
  • Michigan State University Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University Office of the President, and the Michigan State University Department of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities for the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, East Lansing
  • LC Consultants LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Wolverine Building Group; and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Peoples National Bank Building, Jackson
  • Wabash & Main LLC, Kincaid Henry Building Group, and Kraemer Design Group for the East Main Redevelopment, Milan
  • McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.; Midtown Detroit, Inc.; Hamilton Anderson Associates and The Monahan Co. for the rehabilitation of Strathmore Apartments, Detroit

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda on May 2. To learn about previous Governor’s Awards recipients go to, click on SHPO Programs & Projects.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs.  If you believe you've been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.

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