Historic Resource Database
You are invited to explore the 4,000 plus historic resources of Washtenaw County, Michigan and learn about the rich cultural history that makes Washtenaw County unique! You can investigate these fascinating resources, view aerial imagery, and map nearby natural features using our online mapping interface.
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The Historic Resource Database (HistWeb) contains survey information, photos, and sketches of properties more than fifty years old gathered over the last twenty-two years.
HistWeb is currently being updated to transfer historical data to Washtenaw County's newer mapping software. This will improve usability and support newer browser features. We hope to keep HistWeb live throughout the entire process.
This is a federally funded project made possible by a partnership between the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission (WCHDC) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Please be aware that:
The Story of HistWeb
Since its inception in 2002, the HistWeb project has focused on the historic and architectural resources of Washtenaw County through a multi-phased approach. It has been partially funded by grants provided by the State Historic Preservation Office's CLG grant program. 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. 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 was also added to the website.
A pervasive element throughout each phase of the Washtenaw County's "HistWeb" project has been a large-scale effort to place all information related to Washtenaw County's specific historic resources on the County's 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 County's historic and architectural resources.
You are invited to explore the 4,000 plus Historic Resources of Washtenaw County, Michigan and learn about the rich cultural history that makes Washtenaw County unique! You can investigate these fascinating resources, view aerial imagery, and map nearby natural features using our new online mapping interface.
--Melissa Milton-Pung, Current Project Manager
Thank you to the many people involved in creating HistWeb -
Project Coordinator: Marnie Paulus
SHPO Partners: Teresa Goforth, Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock
Historic Preservation Specialists: Kathy Holtz, Anne Kreykes
County Historic Preservation Planner: Marnie Paulus
GIS Consultants: Keith Croteau, Jim Bennett
WCHDC Consultants: Marshall McLennan, Ted Ligibel, Mary Culver, Sally Bund and Ina Hanel
WCHDC Technicians: Anne Kreykes, Kathy Holtz, Michelle Cyrus and Barry Wauldron
ITS Consultants: Jim Burkey, Sheryl Stefanski, Shawn Stemen, Yang Meng, Nancy Pearlman, Marian Thurman, David Mote, Lois Merit
Web Content Coordinator: Charley Wolfe
Volunteers: Bob Kellum, Don Riddering, Jasper Pennington, Janet Cowling, Kathy Duquette, Karl Williams, Louisa Pieper, Marsha Ticknor
GIS Interns: Nate Arnold, Josh Goldstein, Todd Bootz, Patty Fries
The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. However, the contents and opinions herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products herein constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the Michigan department of History, Arts and Libraries.
This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits Discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:
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