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Michigan Heritage Home® Program

Honor your historic home's heritage. 

Michigan Heritage Home®

Michigan Heritage Home Sample Plaque

Honor your home's heritage and share its history with your community.

The Michigan Heritage Home® program recognizes houses that were constructed at least 100 years ago and are in substantially original condition. That designation comes with a handsome cast-aluminum plaque that lets everyone know that your home has its own rich heritage and historical significance. This distinguished plaque, authorized by the Historical Society of Michigan, will remind both new and longtime community members of your home’s contribution to your shared heritage.

 

Have Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about our Michigan Heritage Home program but do not know where to start, contact us at awards@hsmichigan.org and let our team walk you through our program and answer questions. We'd love to hear from you!

A Michigan Heritage Home plaque on a historic home
Danforth House - Michigan Heritage Home Ryno House - Michigan Heritage Home Gray Historic Home 707 State Street - Michigan Heritage Home

We really are excited about this designation. It is kinda neat when you consider my dad is 92 and living in a house his grandfather built 114 years ago.

- Rod Merchant

What is the cost for a plaque?

Our Michigan Heritage Home plaque is $395* plus sales tax and shipping and handling.

* The fee is fully refundable if the application is denied immediately following submission or if additional information requested by HSM is not available or supplied by the owner.  If, after this initial interaction, the application is ultimately denied due to lack of appropriate documentation, withdrawn by the applicant, or for any other reason half of the application fee will be refunded.

 

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for a Michigan Heritage Home plaque, please fill out our Michigan Heritage Home Application.

All applications must be returned either via email at awards@hsmichigan.org or by mail to the following address: 

Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Heritage Home Program
7435 Westshire Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

For assistance with your application, check out our Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for my application?

Not sure where to start? Check out our Case Study Example and Research Guide for a guide on what research and materials are needed for our application. 

Can someone help me?

Yes! Our awards team would love to help you with your application and any other questions you might have. Reach out to us today via email at awards@hsmichigan.org or by calling (517) 324-1828. 

When will I receive my plaque?

Once the application is approved and the plaque ordered from the foundry, the plaque is shipped to the recipient in about 6 to 8 weeks.

Did You Know?

We feature recently certified Michigan Heritage Homes in Chronicle and Michigan History magazines! Included in HSM memberships, Chronicle and Michigan History are filled with feature articles and special sections highlighting our state's history. If your home is certified, the next spotlight might be you!

Michigan History and Chronicle magazine

Program Sponsors

The Meijer Foundation Logo

The Michigan Heritage Home program is sponsored by The Meijer Foundation. Learn more about our sponsors and available opportunities on our Sponsor page.