Calumet wins Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation

What's happening: The village of Calumet was the recipient of four Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation, which helps protect and preserve historical buildings and locations in Michigan. The Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation program was created by the State Historic Preservation Office to celebrate many archaeological and historical sites that represent the state's past with a commitment to upholding Michigan’s cultural identity.

How the project starts: The grants will be distributed through a host of smaller groups to hit each aspect of the project, including Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, Village of Calumet, Calumet Downtown Development Authority, Main Street Calumet, Houghton County Land Bank Authority, Keweenaw National Historical Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission. With each group having a hand in the total project, a greater sense of ownership and dedication to the community is expected.

What they're saying: “It’s an honor to recognize this select group of outstanding historic preservation achievements today,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Today’s honorees represent the rich diversity of our communities, our inclusive heritage and the welcoming culture that has long defined us as Michiganders – and continues to this day. These historic sites represent critical pieces of the fabric that make us who we are here in Michigan.” 

What's next: Talks for the project started in 2016, so the groups will be able to quickly take the next steps in the preservation efforts. Building stabilization and rehabilitation will be the main focus with attempts to bring more economic activity to Calumet. 
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