Great Lakes Fisheries Trail

Great Lakes fishery heritage – past, present and future – explores the life of the lakes in a new way. Ecologically, economically, and recreationally viable through time, people and communities continue to interact with these amazing fisheries today.
The Great Lakes fishery is a story of people, fish, and fishing. It demonstrates how we relate to aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, water quality, and environmental change. The fishery is the thread running through all these, serving as a gauge of resource sustainability and quality of life. 
Great Lakes fisheries heritage sites throughout Michigan offer residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore and experience the dynamic social,
technological, and environmental changes that have shaped today’s fishery.

Connecting to Collections

The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community is a place where smaller cultural institutions can quickly find trusted and reliable answers and resources to help them take better care of their collections. When a concern arises about your collection, you can search this website for information, resources, links to preservation information from leading conservators, as well as access to recorded webinars and discussions. Access to all of the information, resources, and webinars in this Community is free.

Sustaining Places

Sustaining Places is a collaborative resource project from the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places. This site is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ 21st Century Museum Professionals Program. The purpose of this website is to collect examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations. We are always adding new resources to our annotated bibliographies, as well as producing and posting new project videos and two-minute techniques. These are made by numerous contributors, including Sustaining Places graduate assistants and Museum Studies graduate students, often with the assistance of a historic site or museum staff.

The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders
The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE) for Museum Leaders is a dynamic four-day experience that immerses participants in the world of nonprofit entrepreneurship training through case studies and skill building exercises that contribute to creative idea generation.  Follow-up webinars keep students connected with mentors and one another to help them become the agents of change that 21st century museums demand. 
 ICE 2014 was held at the Pocantico Conference Center, Tarrytown, N.Y., July 7-10.  For more information contact Michelle Paulus, ICE coordinator,  National Preservation Institute 

The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage.  NPI is proud to serve a broad spectrum of professionals from government and the private sector by providing training through its seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management.

Kutsche Office of Local History

The Kutsche Office of Local History is home to the Local History Roundtable as well as different projects helping local groups and people preserve, protect and retain history that is important to them.  This is accomplished through oral histories, supervised internships and fellowships, faculty directed projects and the work of experts in their specific fields.

Together these programs support the mission of the Kutsche Office in fostering an appreciation of the common challenges, common destiny, and common humanity of all of us.  This is accomplished in part by bringing members of the West Michigan community, students and faculty together to share knowledge and resources about topics of common interest, building an understanding of history that is both exciting and relevant in today’s challenging times.

Museum Assessment Program

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. IMLS-funded MAP grants are non-competitive and provide $4,000 of consultative resources and services to participating museums.

Conservation Assessment Program

CAP is a federally-funded program that provides professional conservation assessments for small to mid-sized museums of all types. The program also funds historic buildings assessments for institutions with buildings that are 50 years or older. The assessment process helps museum professionals improve their institutions’ conservation policies and procedures, learn conservation and historic preservation best practices, and establish relationships with conservators and historic structures assessors. The resulting CAP report helps museums to develop strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, staff and board education, and fund-raising. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Applications are available on Heritage Preservation’s Web site at

Michigan Collections Network 

A network interested in preserving and providing access to print and digital library and archive collections. MSU Museum Heritage Tourism Resources

These resources provide a process approach to helping communities and organizations assess, plan for, develop, implement, and evaluate their heritage tourism efforts . This is not a linear approach; each module could stand alone or be a part of an overall process of heritage tourism development. Taken as a whole, these resources provide a guide to help your community approach heritage tourism as an economic and community development strategy. Individually, each module can assist your community team strengthen its process and help analyze and build on your capacities and strengths. This is a circular process. Many of the steps can be occurring at the same time, as well as each building upon the other. These modules are for community and economic development practitioners, community members and others interested in using their community’s heritage --cultural and natural resources-- to help build and sustain their community.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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