Our mission is to Bring history to life in the Port Huron area
In the public interest, this organization shall carry out the following activities: (1) gather and disseminate historical and social-scientific information and data, and (2), study, report on, and nominate for recognition historic sites, structures, buildings, and districts.
Vicki Priest, President and founder
Vicki is founder and president of the Port Huron Area History & Preservation Association, a newer nonprofit dedicated to researching and sharing the regional history of Port Huron, Port Huron Township, Fort Gratiot Township, and Marysville, and assisting with the preservation of properties and neighborhoods for the good of all area residents. She holds the degrees of Master of History and Bachelor of Anthropology, and worked in the related fields of archaeological and historical resources management while in California. She also found gratification working as a Victim Specialist, assisting persons who suffered domestic violence, for some years. Having a son, she became acquainted with video games and plays certain story- and action-driven franchises when she wants to forget about daily concerns; Vicki is known to fall into giggle fits, or wield a crossbow or gauss rifle equally deftly, in the immersive stories. She has published poetry and pieces on history, Christianity, and video games. To learn more about Vicki you’re welcome to visit her LinkedIn Profile.
Even though Zak completed pharmacy tech training, he’d much rather spend his time with books than pharmaceuticals. Fortunate for him, then, that he landed a job in the St. Clair County Library system. He loves creativity and media and runs a relatively successful YouTube channel. Zak practices drawing, graphic design, and video editing. He of course loves history and wants to play a role in preserving the historic assets that still remain in the area, knowing that success will improve the quality of life in Port Huron and environs.
Lynne Secory, Treasurer
Dave Shamaly, Director
Dave is an assistant manager with Blue Water Habitat for Humanity in their ReStore, Port Huron. He is excited to be a part of another nonprofit that seeks to assist in both the stabilization and improvement of the area’s neighborhoods. Prior to working for Habitat, Dave had a long career in the insurance industry, receiving many achievement awards in that field and owning his own agency. He also operated his own dry cleaning establishment for a decade. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1976 with a BS in Business Administration (marketing major, psychology minor). Dave also spends his time being a Career Placement Independent Recruiter.
Kimberly Allen, Director
Kimberly is a Port Huron native with a passion for genealogy, history, and historic architecture. She has an Associate of Arts degree from St Clair County Community College where she served as an officer in the award-winning chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and worked as a staff writer and business editor for the Erie Square Gazette. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Western Michigan University where she served as chapter president of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society for Historians and she has a Master of Business Administration degree from American Intercontinental University. She previously worked as a Lead Manager for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Cypress Texas and she currently works helping others discover their family heritage. She also previously served as the secretary on the board of the St Clair County Literacy Project (1999-2000) and created a grass roots military support organization called Messages from Home from 2003 until 2009.
Marilyn Hebner, A Dear Late Director
Marilyn was a life-long volunteer and leader, and had a love for preserving history in all its different forms. She was President of the St. Clair County Family History Group, a genealogical nonprofit, and had served on that organization’s board since 1979. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Library, Port Huron branch of the county library system, and still served on its board at the time of her death in February 2018. Marilyn is Past President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, and with her husband, had founded the Huron County Genealogical Society. If all that wasn’t enough, she was President of the now defunct Museum Guild (Port Huron Museum) for over 27 years, and had served in all sorts of school, after-school, and parent/school capacities while her children were growing up. She will be dearly missed.
Page last updated on March 9, 2018
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