Learn more about Michigan’s history by visiting our museums, using our archival collections, touring historical markers and participating in our programs and learning adventures.
One of the greatest successes of Save The Flags, our project to preserve, research and display 240 battle flags carried by Michigan soldiers in the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I, has been its “adoption” program. For a donation of $1,000 individuals, organizations, schools, families and communities can help with the preservation, research and display of the flags by “adopting” flags in the collection. To date, almost 150 flags — mostly from the Civil War — have been adopted, providing the project with much-needed funds.
Detroit’s East Ferry Avenue Historic District, the Chippewa County Courthouse in Sault Ste. Marie, the North Pier Catwalk in Manistee. These properties, and thousands more, have been preserved through the programs of Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Historic preservation enhances the quality of our environment and lives. Urban areas are renewed. Small towns retain the character that set them apart from other communities. Neighborhoods are reclaimed from decline and are revived. Cultural landscapes are protected from uncontrolled development. Historic preservation is more than an attempt to maintain old buildings for posterity’s sake; it serves as a planning and economic development tool that enables communities to manage how they will grow and change. Once historic sites are identified and registered, protection programs and tax incentives can be used to preserve them. A commitment to the preservation of the character of our communities makes good economic sense because it enhances property values, creates jobs, revitalizes downtowns, and promotes tourism.
The DMVA’s mission is to provide relevant and ready operational military forces, consistent with our values, in support of our state and nation and to provide support to military personnel, civilian employees, families, retirees, and veterans.