Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
New Science Building
    Geography & Geology Department
    205 Strong Hall
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
    (734) 487-0218
Dr. Ligibel

Dr. Ted Ligibel, Professor

Strong Hall 235
Office: 734.487.0232
Email: tligibel@emich.edu


University of Toledo B.S. 1972
Bowling Green State University M.S. American Studies 1981
Bowling Green State University Ph.D. American Studies 1995

Research Interests

Ted Ligibel, Director of Eastern Michigan University's award-winning Historic Preservation program, began his career in Historic Preservation in 1974 with the Landmarks Committee of the Maumee Valley Historical Society. In 1976 he became Regional Preservation Officer for the Northwest Ohio Historic Preservation Office under the Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society and the Department of the Interior, affiliating this program with Bowling Green State University in 1978. He was asked to direct the historical collection/ development program of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in 1982. In 1985 he accepted a position as Research Associate within the University of Toledo's Urban Affairs Center. He established the University's first courses in Historic Preservation as an Instructor in the Geography Planning and History Departments. In 1991 he joined the faculty of Eastern Michigan University as professor in the Historic Preservation program, and became its director in 1999. Now the largest graduate Historic Preservation program in the nation, it offers coursework at both EMU's main campus in Ypsilanti and in Northern Michigan at Northwest Michigan College.

Ted Ligibel is a frequent lecturer throughout the nation, and has been active in a variety of local, state, and national preservation and conservation organizations. He has written works on historic preservation, local history, and historic architecture, including, Lights Along the River: Landmark Architecture of the Maumee River Valley (1983); Island Heritage: A Guided Tour to Lake Erie's Bass Islands (1987); Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition (1991), which was the 1992 recipient of the Historical Society of Michigan's Award of Merit, and the The Toledo Zoo's First 100 Years: A Century of Adventure (1999), that received the Local History Publication Award from Bowling Green State University's Center for Archival Collections in 2000. His most recent work, Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice, co-authored with architects Norman and Ilene Tyler, was published in 2009 and has become the best-selling preservation textbook in the nation.

He is Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education, and is an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, having served nine years as Ohio Advisor including two years on the Advisor's national Administrative Committee. In 1992 Dr. Ligibel was invited to participate in two `Roundtable Discussions' on neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation for the Clinton Administration. And in 2008 was asked to advise then U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, on the significance of the River Raisin Battlefield in Monroe, Michigan. He is a past board member of the Sauder Historic Village in Ohio and the Detroit Club Foundation, and is a board member emeritus of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. In 2010 he was appointed to the Governor's Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board.

Ted Ligibel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the national honorary societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Kappa, and has been listed in Who's Who in American Education. In 2010 he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award sponsored annually by Eastern Michigan University's Alumni Association.


Introduction to Historic Preservation (Graduate section)
Preservation Administration and Planning
Preservation Research Techniques
Adaptive Use of Historic Structures
Preserving Community Character
Historic Preservation and Tourism
Historic Preservation Field Project
Historic Preservation Project
Seminar in Preservation Issues