SHPO Programs and Projects

  • Archaeology

    Documenting, protecting and interpreting over 14,000 years of heritage, on land and underwater.

  • Certified Local Governments

    Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are partners with the federal government and the State Historic Preservation Office at the local level. CLGs promote preservation at the grass roots level and reflect best preservation practices.

  • Cultural Resource Management and Planning (Section 106/ER)

    Documents, forms, guidance, and instructions relating to the Section 106/Environmental Review process.

  • Detroit Civil Rights Project

    An NPS-funded project to identify and document significant sites related to the African American civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

  • Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation

    The annual Governor's Awards recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s neighborhoods, downtowns, and countryside, the state’s unique character, and the preservation of cultural resources that document Michigan’s past.

  • Historic Preservation Tax Credits

    Forms, instructions, and other guidance for the federal historic preservation tax credit program. Note that new application forms have been issued effective October 25, 2019.

  • Historic Resources Survey Program

    Surveys of architecture, archaeology and other historic resources support the identification and protection of Michigan's cultural heritage.

  • Local Historic Districts

    Local historic district designation provides legal protection to historic resources by requiring that proposed work to a property in the district be reviewed by a Historic District Commission using national standards. Click here for information on how to establish and administer a local historic district.

  • Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program

    The Lighthouse Assistance Program promotes and supports the preservation of these icons of Michigan's coastal maritime heritage through awareness and grants.

  • Michigan Main Street Program

    Administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Main Street assists communities large and small who are interested to revitalize and preserve their traditional downtown commercial districts. 

  • Michigan Modern

    A signature SHPO documentation and interpretation project which studies Michigan's legacy of Modernism and Modern-inspired design in the mid-20th Century.

  • National Historic Landmarks

    National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  Explore Michigan's 42 designated NHL resources here!  

  • National Register of Historic Places

    The National Register is the official list of the Nation's historic buildings, structures, objects, and archaeological sites worthy of preservation.  This page contains documents, forms, guidance, and instructions for nominating a site to the National Register in Michigan.

  • Preservation Case Studies

    Examples of successful historic preservation projects from across Michigan.