Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
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Historic Preservation

Departmental Advisors:

    Dr. Ted Ligibel
    Program Director
    235 Strong Hall

    Danny J. Bonenberger
    Assistant Professor
    118F Strong Hall

    Nancy Villa Bryk
    Assistant Professor
    229 Strong Hall



Dr. Ted Ligibel
Dr. Ted Ligibel, Director of the Program, is also an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, having served nine years as the Advisor from the state of Ohio. Ligibel replaced Dr. McLennan as program director in January of 1999.  He maintains a national profile through his work with the National Trust and the National Council for Preservation Education, for which he serves as a Vice-President.  In January 1992, he was invited to Little Rock, Arkansas, as a participant in one of President Clinton's "Roundtables", which focused on Neighborhood Revitalization, Historic Preservation and the Arts.  He returned to Washington, D.C. for a second "roundtable" later that same year in May. He brings over thirty years of preservation practice to the EMU program, including several years with the Ohio SHPO. 

Shortly before joining the Department, he was a primary organizer of a yearly national conference on cultural heritage corridors held in Toledo, Ohio, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Ohio Historical Society and is currently working with the National Park Service toward the establishment of a Maumee Valley National Heritage Corridor.  His work with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office was key in developing and continuing the program’s summer field schools.  He is the author/co-author of several historic and architectural works, including Lights Along the River: Landmark Architecture of the Maumee River Valley; Island Heritage: A Guided Tour of Lake Erie’s Bass Islands; Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition; The Toledo’s Zoo’s First One Hundred Years: A Century of Adventure and Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice. Dr. Ligibel holds a MS in American Studies and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.

Professor Dan Bonenberger
Professor Bonenberger joined the preservation faculty in the fall of 2008.Prior to joining EMU, he was president of the National Road Alliance, Inc. (2006-2008). He also was associate director of West Virginia University’s Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology (2000-2005). Bonenberger has a strong background in industrial archaeology, HABS/HAER documentation, and geospatial technologies.He brings special insight into the emerging field of virtual heritage and the challenges and opportunities associated with technology in the field of historic preservation.

Professor Nancy Villa Bryk

Professor Bryk is an educator and museum curator whose research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century material culture studies and interpretation of historic houses. Ms. Bryk served as Director of Education and Public Programs at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, as Curator of Domestic Life at The Henry Ford, and as adjunct faculty in Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and the University of Michigan’s Museum Studies Program. Ms. Bryk completed her MBA at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (2007), received her M. A. in American Culture at the University of Michigan (1980) and her Graduate Certification in Museum Practice from the University of Michigan (1989). She holds a B.A. (double major) in American History and Art History from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Chris Mayda
Dr. Mayda, a cultural geographer, joined the Department in the Fall of 1999 and teaches the geography-based courses for the program including Settlement Geography and American Cultural Landscapes. 

Dr. Andrew Nazzaro
Dr. Nazzaro, program co-founder, is still active in the Program and teaches the Interpreting Cultural Landscape course.  He also served on the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission.

Dr. Norman Tyler
Dr. Tyler, director of EMU's Urban and Regional Planning Program and a practicing architect, joined the department full time in 1990. He currently teaches the Downtown Commercial Revitalization course.

Non-departmental faculty who teach in the program

  • Dr. Robert Jones (Preservation and Planning Graphics; Urban Planning/Preservation Studio).
  • Dr. Ellen Schwartz, Art Department (History of American Architecture).

Adjunct faculty

  • Jeffrey Green. AICP, MS. City Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Monroe, Michigan (Preservation & Planning Law).
  • Steve Stier. MS. ReConstruction Services, barn and wood restoration specialist (Field School and Rural Planning and Preservation).
  • Jeffrey Weatherford. MS. (Materials Conservation I & II; Field School).
  • Brian Conway. State Historic Preservation Officer; Michigan SHPO (Problems in Architectural Interpretation; History of American Architecture).
  • Ilene Tyler, F.A.I.A. A principal with the nationally-recognized preservation/architectural firm of Quinn-Evans, located in nearby Ann Arbor.