"This paper reports on a planning and design case study where the central is-sues involved cultural and historic resources. The main goal of this studywas to implement and integrative approach" to explore the role that historycan play in addressing current community development issues. Th integra-tive approach is based on the assumptions that (1) history is significant tothe extent that it is part of everyday life, issues, and decisions; (2) preser-vation related atcivities should be based on local pereceptions, initiative,and active involvement; and (3) planning and desugn efforts concerning his-toric resources should be integrated with other planning considerations.The study involved uncovering and documenting the "stories" that reflect the social life and material culture of the residents living in a now defunct mining region in northern Wisconsion and Michigan. A primary purpose of theeffort was to aid the region develop a more viable econimic and social basevia recognition of its unique cultural heritage. The outcomes of the integra-tive approach were 1) procedures which allowed the experts, the local pub-lic, and public officials to engage actively in historical research, interpre-tation, and decision making for the region's social and economic future; (2)planning and design proposals reflecting local pereceptions and concerns,including the participants views of the past and future; and (3) an evalua-tion by the participants of both the procedures and the proposals in terms of several criteria, including the degree of learning, individual participation,breadth, representativeness, cerativity and usefulness.The procedures were implemented in a series of workshops with local par-ticipants. The results of the workshops included definition of the regionalissue context, definition of the organizational context, a mission statementfor the participating group, prototypical "stories" reflecting local history and proposals for action. The results of each workshop were summarized andinterpreted by the facilitators and verified by participants. Each workshopbuilt upon previous ones, thereby leading to an overall planning strategyand specific proposals. The proposals offer planning and design interven-tions as well as historical documentation and organizational solutions fortheir implementation. The participants felt that the propasals, when imple-mented, would help "moderately" to "a great deal" in achieving several ob-jectives, Including promotion of regional unity, community pride, and thedevelopment of a context where stories of the past can live today."