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State Historic Preservation Office
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) evaluates, protects and promotes Michigan’s historic built environment and archaeological sites. We lead this effort by helping property owners, developers, and local and state agencies identify and seize opportunities to celebrate and rehabilitate historic places that define local communities and make our state uniquely Michigan.
SHPO staff work in a hybrid environment and are most easily accessible by direct email. Looking to do research? Submit your research request electronically. Section 106 applications are accepted electronically. General inquiries may be sent to email@example.com. We invite you to explore our Programs and Services below to learn more about historic preservation in Michigan.
Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) Grants Impact
Since the MLAP was established in 2000, the SHPO has awarded matching grants annually to promote the preservation of these historic maritime buildings. Grant funds are made available from the revenue generated by the sales of the Save Our Lights fundraising license plate. This map shows a complete list of all program grant recipients.
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office rolls out Detroit Civil Rights Bike Tour
Learn more about Detroit Civil Rights history! Explore SHPO's interactive Civil Rights Bike Tour which highlights many historically significant sites that reflect the struggle for civil rights in Michigan’s largest city. Encompassing 20 different stops in total, the tour is nearly 17 miles in length but can be easily broken into shorter segments.Explore Tour