May 8-11, 2013
Northern Michigan University
Don H. Bottum University Center
This year, the MHPN is pleased to announce that our partner organization, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) will present three sessions as part of newly established Partners Track of educational sessions.
Thursday, May 9, from 10:45 to Noon, the session “Those old barns, what can they possibly be good for?” will be presented by Vera Wiltse of the MPBN. Barns were built to house animals and store grain, hay, feed, and equipment. End of story? Not in Michigan. Learn how farms and their barns are used in many capacities and consider some unique case studies of adaptive reuse. Be surprised and begin looking for them as you travel Michigan.
Then, to kick-off Thursday afternoon sessions, Julie Avery of the MBPN will lead the session “Agri-tourism: It’s more than a Sunday drive to the countryside.” The 1:30 – 3:00 PM session considers that anytime the travelling public enjoys the scenic view of a historic farmstead, buys produce picked from a nearby field, or uses educational experiences to better understand rural life, that’s agri-tourism. Learn how to use this growing sector of Michigan’s powerful tourism industry to keep cultural traditions alive while being entrepreneurial about your agricultural heritage.
Rounding out the track is the 3:15 – 5:00 PM session “Preserving the Michigan Barn: The hands-on basics.” Led by MBPN members, Tammis Donaldson, Stephen Stier, and Joe Miller, they look at how Michigan’s historic farmsteads are the iconic reflections of our agricultural heritage while simultaneously being a mainstay of our multi-million-dollar industries in agriculture and tourism. Preserving their barns makes economic sense and takes skill in restoration, rehabilitation, and sometimes reconstruction. Using recent projects, hands-on barn contractors discuss the basics of how it’s done.
But that isn’t all, the MBPN will also be taking part of the Vendor’s Showcase where they will be assembling and disassembling a timber frame barn three times on Thursday (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM; 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM; and 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM) and again three times on Friday (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM; 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM; and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM). The Vendor’s Showcase is open and free to the public on Thursday from 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM and again on Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
To learn about the conference, download the brochure at www.mhpn.org or request a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – www.travelmarquettemichigan.com – shows you how much there is to do in our host community!