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Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program

The Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program is housed within the Countys Department of Planning and Environment. The Program includes the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission and its staff. To date the staff has conducted several historic preservation projects, spanning nearly three decades of identification, documentation, and analysis. Recently, a number of these projects have been partially funded by grants provided by the State Historic Preservation Offices CLG grant program. These include the Washtenaw County Thematic Survey, 1996-1997; and the HistWeb project, 2002 to present.

 Since its inception in 2002, the HistWeb project has focused on the historic and architectural resources of Washtenaw County through a multi-phased approach. Phase I included incorporating data from previously existing historic resource surveys into a database and accompanying web page HistWeb. Specifically, ten existing surveys of historic resources in Washtenaw County were digitized and made available to the public through our HDC/GIS website: www.ewashtenaw.org. HistWeb Phase I received a 2004 Government/Institution Award for Contribution to Historic Preservation in Michigan from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

Subsequent phases included conducting field survey work in an area not previously documented, and adding additional historic resource survey information to the website from areas most at risk or most likely to yield eligible resources; and a collaboration between a local unit of government (Village of Manchester) and the Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program to assist the local unit in the establishment a local historic district. Data from the latter project were also added to the website.

A pervasive element throughout each phase of the Washtenaw Countys HistWeb project has been a large-scale effort to place all information related to Washtenaw Countys specific historic resources on the Countys web page. The purpose is to make the information available to all, including those who may need it for planning, preservation, and other decision-making purposes. This website, in conjunction with the Histweb GIS-based database, makes use of this existing body of data in an informative, user-friendly way. It is hoped that the materials will increase your awareness and appreciation of the Countys historic and architectural resources.

Historic District Commission
Nancy Snyder, Chair
Martha Churchill
Paul Darling
Chuck Gray
Peter J. Kelley
Jean Ledwith King
Jasper Pennington
Alice Ralph
Elmer White

Staff
Melissa Milton-Pung (734) 222-6878
Senior Preservation Planner miltonpungm@ewashtenaw.org

Ina Hanel-Gerdenich, Architectural Historian & Rural Preservation Planner
Kathy Holtz, Historic Preservation Specialist
Anne Kreykes, former Historic Preservation Specialist
Marnie Paulus, former County Historic Preservation Planner

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