MHPN Adds Partner’s Track to 2013 Conference

MHPN Partners with Office of the State Archaeologist and Michigan’s Professional Archaeologists at their 33rd Annual Statewide Preservation Conference


Archaeological Site on Grand Island

May 8-11, 2013
Northern Michigan University
Don H. Bottum University Center
Marquette, Michigan

Titled “Ingredients of Place” the 33rd annual conference presented by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), takes place May 8-11 in Marquette, Michigan.  This year, the MHPN is pleased to announce that we have partnered with a number of Michigan’s professional archaeologists and the Office of the State Archaeologist to present four sessions as part of newly established Partners Track of educational sessions.

To kick off the sessions, Dr. Dean Anderson, State Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Authority along with Dr. Michael Nassaney, Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University and Dr. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology, Mackinac State Historic Parks, will present “Archaeology: It’s About People – Past and Present” from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Friday May 10, 2013.  The session helps understand just what it is archaeologists do. Here is a chance to find out how archaeology helps us understand the past, and to hear about two projects that make a point of bringing archaeology to the public.

From 10:45 AM to Noon, Friday May 10, three speakers will discuss the fascinating topic “Below the Ground, Above the Bridge: Archaeology in the Upper Peninsula.” The session looks at the closely related U. P.  industries of logging and mining from an archaeological perspective, and will explore the role of archaeology in historic preservation at the Grand Island National Recreation Area. Speakers include John Franzen, Archaeologist, Hiawatha National Forest; Sean Dunham, RPA,  Principal Investigator / Project Manager, Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc.; and Sean Gohman, PhD Student of Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Houghton.

The partner’s track continues on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM when “Michigan Underwater: Shipwreck Preservation and Archaeology” is the topic.  Bodies of water have historically been viewed as a natural highway.  But like any highway, accidents happen.  Archaeological study provides a means to examine lost vessels and their contents.  Through the establishment of underwater preserves Michigan has provided protection to miles of Great Lakes bottomland, including some of the region’s most sensitive and historic underwater resources.  The session’s speakers include Dr. John Halsey, Michigan State Archaeologist, Retired; and Dr. Wayne Lusardi, State Maritime Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The final archaeology educational session takes place from 10:45 AM to Noon, May 11, and is entitled “Planning for the Unexpected: The Role of Archaeology in Community Planning.”  Whether working in the city or a rural area, planners must be ready for the unexpected.  With a little understanding, unanticipated archaeological finds can lead to a new understanding of a community’s resources.  Archaeologists who work as project consultants and state reviewers provide insight and protocol to assure project completion.  Speakers include, Sean Dunham, RPA, Principal Investigator / Project Manager, Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc.; Dr. Dean Anderson, State Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority; and Dr. John Halsey, State Archaeologist, Retired.

Like most of the sessions held during the MHPN Conference, each of these sessions also has continuing education credits offered by AICP and AIA.

To learn about the conference, download the brochure at or request a copy at or (517) 371-8080. Costs range from $70-$390.  There are special member benefits (on-the-spot membership is on the registration form), single-day pricing, reductions for full-time students, an early-bird discount, and low Saturday prices.  The MHPN has not raised the registration fees since 2008. Please note that all sessions and tours are approved for MCP, AICP, and AIA credits.  And also consider that if you are coming a distance for the conference, you may want to “Make It A Marquette Weekend.” The Landmark Inn has extended our conference rate to include both Tuesday and Saturday nights, and a glance at the website for the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau – – shows you how much there is to do in our host community!

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