Meeting Schedule: 1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall
City Staff Liaison: Kyle Mucha (269) 329-4473
This nine-member commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties. In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to properties within the Portage Historic District.
The HDC is governed by the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act (PA 169 of 1970) in conjunction with Section 38 of the Portage Code of Ordinances. For more information on specific treatment or project guidelines, see the National Park Service's Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines at www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.
17th Annual May Preservation Month Celebration
3821 West Milham Avenue
Saturday, May 12, 2018
12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
$5 per adult (children 12 & under FREE)
-available at Eventbrite.com
or Portage City Hall-
Tours of 3821 West Milham Avenue
The old Van Riper (Cully Gage) homestead!
2:00 p.m presentation - Rock Bartley, owner of RockBuilt
(custom woodworking and cabinet-making)
|| Family-friendly Activities
Forge in the Forest Blacksmiths
| Kalamazoo Model Railroad
|Portage District Library
|| Portage Parks & Recreation
- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
- Ladies’ Library Association
- Medullary Studios
- Oshtemo Historical Society
- Portage Senior Center
- WMU Public History Department
- WMU Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department
- WMU Archives
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Downing Electrical & Instrument, Inc.,
2017 MORSA Schoolhouse of the Year Winner!
The District #8 Schoolhouse in the Celery Flats Historical Area was the 2017 recipient of the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association's "Schoolhouse of the Year" award.
The District #8 Schoolhouse was built in 1856 on Oakland Drive, just south of Shaver Road. Originally known as the Prairie Edge School, it was used until 1947 and later converted to a private residence. The City of Portage purchased and moved the school to the Celery Flats Historical Area in 1990, restoring the building to its original schoolhouse use.
The Schoolhouse is available for rental - check out the Parks & Recreation Department Facilities Rental page.
Portage and Its Past by Grace J. Potts - Digital Format
First published in 1976 by Portage Public Schools and the Portage Library, Ms. Potts’ Portage and Its Past is one of the first comprehensive histories written about the area. The HDC was able to duplicate the book with the support and collaboration of Portage Public Schools.
PHDC Trading Card Program
The PHDC Trading Card Program
involves a series of 9 handheld cards, each highlighting a select property from the 40 existing historic sites in Portage.
The goal is to shine a spotlight on Portage’s distinct historic places through encouraging people to see these places, work to save them for future generations, and celebrate their vital role in the community.
The cards are available to collect for $1.00 per series and can be purchased at the following locations, while supplies last:
- Portage City Hall
- Byce & Associates Offices (487 Portage Street, Kalamazoo)
WHERE THE TRAILS CROSSED
The HDC also promotes Where the Trails Crossed.
The 67-page book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest
properties in the City of Portage.
Available at Portage City Hall
HDC Meetings and Minutes