2013-05-31 / News

Community, City Receive Recognition for Historic District

Efforts Continue Toward Implementation
By Stephanie Fortino


Mackinac Island was honored with two awards Friday, May 10, at the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network reception in Marquette. Pictured are (from left) Island community members Nancy May and Lorna Straus, who accepted the 2013 Community Award, MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood, and Mackinac Island Councilwoman Anneke Myers and Historic District Commission Chairman Andrew Doud, who accepted the 2013 Government/Institution Award. (Photograph courtesy Amanda Davis) Mackinac Island was honored with two awards Friday, May 10, at the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network reception in Marquette. Pictured are (from left) Island community members Nancy May and Lorna Straus, who accepted the 2013 Community Award, MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood, and Mackinac Island Councilwoman Anneke Myers and Historic District Commission Chairman Andrew Doud, who accepted the 2013 Government/Institution Award. (Photograph courtesy Amanda Davis) Representative from the community and government of the City of Mackinac Island were honored Friday, May 10, at the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network award reception in Marquette. Mackinac Island received two awards that evening, the Community Award and the Government/Institution Award, after years of grassroots efforts and city public education sessions to help establish two additional historic districts on Mackinac Island earlier this year. Now that they are established, work on implementing the new historic districts continues.


At right: Anneke Myers of the Mackinac Island City Council with the 2013 Government/ Institution award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Friday, May 10. Mrs. Myers accepted the award with Historic District Commission Chairman Andrew Doud on behalf of the city at the annual MHPN Preservation Awards reception in Marquette. (Photograph courtesy of Nancy May) At right: Anneke Myers of the Mackinac Island City Council with the 2013 Government/ Institution award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Friday, May 10. Mrs. Myers accepted the award with Historic District Commission Chairman Andrew Doud on behalf of the city at the annual MHPN Preservation Awards reception in Marquette. (Photograph courtesy of Nancy May) The awards were given because both the city and community worked to protect and preserve the Island’s historically and architecturally important areas with the implementation of the new West End District and Market and Main Historic District, according to MHPN awards chair Ruth Mills.

Accepting the 2013 Community Award on behalf of Island residents were Nancy May and Lorna Straus.

“It was so nice for us to be recognized for our work,” Ms. May told the Mackinac Island Town Crier.


Mackinac Island Community members Lorna Straus (right) and Nancy May with the congratulatory plaque the community received from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network in Marquette. The two represented the residents of Mackinac Island for their work in advocating for the establishment of the two additional historic districts, earning the 2013 Community Award. (Photograph courtesy of Nancy May) Mackinac Island Community members Lorna Straus (right) and Nancy May with the congratulatory plaque the community received from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network in Marquette. The two represented the residents of Mackinac Island for their work in advocating for the establishment of the two additional historic districts, earning the 2013 Community Award. (Photograph courtesy of Nancy May) Both she and Mrs. Straus were active in the community effort that advocated for the establishment of the districts, and they also noted that many other people were active in it, as well. Ms. May was involved in the Save Our Island campaign and worked with the Historic District Study Committee that prepared the necessary document for the city to be able to establish the districts, while Mrs. Straus became involved with preservation during the formation of the first city historic district, Hubbard’s Annex, which was formed in 2010.

City Councilwoman Anneke Myers and Historic District Commission Chairman Andrew Doud were on hand to accept the 2013 Government Award, and noted many other past and present city officials helped make the designations possible.

The mayor, city administrators, council members, and members of the Historic District Study Committee all deliberated for many months toward the final decision in January to form the two new districts, Mrs. Myers said.

The MHPN awards ceremony and reception included presentations of all of the awards the group bestows, including a Citizen Award, a Tax Credit Award, five Building Awards, and four Lifetime Achievement Awards.

MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood presented the commemorative plaques and personalized display boards to the city representatives. Mrs. Myers said the city plaque will probably reside in the awards display at Community Hall.

“Having this recognition endorses the importance of Mack inac

Island to tourism in the state of Michigan,” Mrs. Straus said, adding, “It was an honor and not usual for the same community to get both awards.”

Now the real work of implementing the districts is underway, under the management of the Historic District Commission. The group is working to adopt operational guidelines and Island specific architectural standards, both of which are necessary to guide the commission when making decisions. Mr. Doud added that the HDC will also determine precise applicant criteria to guide the process in the future.

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