Clarklake man awarded Lifetime Achievement Award


The Michigan Historic Preservation Network has selected Ted Ligibel of Clarklake as the winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts and contributions to preserving Michigan’s heritage.

Founded in 1981, the historic preservation organization protects historic buildings, structures, sites and places. Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are selected by its senior leadership.

Officials will present Ligibel with the award on Friday, May 18 at the annual Preservation Awards Ceremony and Reception.

“Being recognized by your peers for such an award is the sweetest of honors, so the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network is especially meaningful for me,” said Ligibel. “To be recognized for having had an impact on our students and on the historic preservation profession is all that one could ask.”

Ligibel has worked in historic preservation for 44 years and frequently lectures and writes about historic preservation, local history, and historic architecture. The textbook “Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice,” co-authored by Ligibel and Norman and Ilene Tyler, is the nation’s best-selling preservation textbook.

Ligibel worked with two U.S. presidential administrations on historic preservation issues and served for eight years on the Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board as a member or chair.


Additionally, he helped secure National Park designation for two historic sites: the River Raisin National Battlefield in Monroe, Mich. and the Fallen Timbers Battlefield in Maumee, Ohio.

Ligibelhas spent 27 years at Eastern Michigan University as a professor and has served as the director of the historic preservation program for 19 years.

“Knowing that so many of our graduates, hundreds for sure, have used their degrees to positively advance the historic preservation profession in Michigan, the nation, and even around the world is perhaps the most gratifying of rewards,” said Ligibel.

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