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Behind the Scenes of Raising Historic Fishtown
Have you seen photos of a giant crane hoisting Fishtown’s shanties away from the Leland River? Amanda Holmes, executive director of Fishtown Preservation Society (FPS), will share how FPS has navigated recent record high waters and their ongoing impact on Leland’s Fishtown. She will explore the planning, permit, and construction process, as well as lessons learned. Water issues have always been a part of Fishtown’s story. Amanda will also share how FPS draws from fishermen’s creative solutions in the past, and how the organization balances preservation, current regulations, and being in a federal waterway, all the while keeping an active and authentic commercial fishery.

This webinar is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a grant from the Michigan Preservation Fund of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sep 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amanda Holmes
Executive Director @Fishtown Preservation Society
Amanda Holmes has been executive director of Fishtown Preservation Society since February 2007, the same time that Fishtown Preservation acquired its original Fishtown property on the north side of the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. Since that time, she has overseen the organization through its acquisition of additional Fishtown property, renewal of commercial fishing operations, implementation of extensive flooding remediation in response to Great Lakes high waters, expanding research and education about Fishtown, retirement of its mortgage, and keeping Fishtown a vibrant and authentic place in the Grand Traverse region. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife and a Certificate in Historic Preservation, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Amherst College. She also trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.