National Historical Preservation Month sponsors, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, think, “Old is the New Green,” this season. This year’s theme recognizes “the significant role historic preservation plays in more environmentally and economically sustainable development,” according to a recent announcement from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA).
SHPO and MSHDA are celebrating Michigan’s historic buildings and rehabilitation projects with a “Preservation Month Photo Contest." Anyone is invited to submit photos of their favorite historic buildings or people who are working to preserve and rehabilitate properties. Contestants compete for prizes and the chance to have their photos featured online. Visit MSHDA’s Celebrate Preservation! page for Historic Preservation Month events and resources or read full photo submission guidelines. Get your photos in by June 1st to enter.
The submission guidelines explain that the goal of the photo contest is "to spread the word throughout Michigan that preservation is inherently green by supporting sustainability. When you reinvest in older and historic buildings, live in or restore a historic home, support your local preservation organization, or simply opt not to tear down and rebuild, you are supporting a vision of environmental stewardship."