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Since 1985, Preservation Maryland has presented awards to individuals and organizations for their contribution to preserving our State’s rich, authentic, and diverse heritage. Join us this year in recognizing and celebrating the Best of Maryland!

Please see bestofmaryland.org for more information and event tickets.


Preservation Maryland Needs You!


I’m With Barbara is a targeted advocacy campaign. 

It’s time to stand up like Barbara once did for Maryland!of Preservation Maryland designed to motivate legislators to Stand With Barbara and pledge to support full funding for Maryland’s preservation programs and tax credits.

So, did it happen? Did Barbara Fritchie really dare to be shot to spare her country’s flag? Maybe. But, regardless, it inspired a generation. 

Now it’s our turn to stand up for Maryland. With Barbara as our guide, we, the historic preservation community of Maryland are standing up to defend our heritage!

We agree that Maryland matters. We support the efforts, programs and funding that helps protect the very Best of Maryland.

Maryland’s Preservation community supports the following:

  • Full funding for our Heritage Areas: $3 million per year. These heritage areas increase tourism and help support local businesses.

  • Full funding for Sustainable Community Tax Credits: $10 million per year. These credits more than pay for themselves, generating $8.53 in economic activity for every dollar provided by the state. They also make the rehabilitation of our communities possible.

  • Full funding for Main Street programs: $6 million for Community Legacy and $4.55 million for Neighborhood BusinessWorks. These programs sustain locally owned small businesses and help create new ones. These programs help sustain our tax base and save historic districts.

  • Full funding Program Open Space — It preserves our cultural landscapes!Full funding based on the existing formula. This program saves the land that makes Maryland — and has saved large portions of our Civil War battlefields.

  • Re-authorization & Full Funding for the African-American HeritageProgram:$1 million per year. — The Program provides support for the acquisition, construction, and capital improvement buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.

If you agree that these programs matter, join us and let your legislator know! It really matters.


Proposed Budget Cuts Jeopardize Job-Creating Projects

Preservation Maryland voiced serious concern for proposed cuts to programs that support community and economic development through historic preservation. In a proposed budget released on January 23, the Hogan administration announced cuts to several programs in both future and existing funding.

Taylor's Furniture store in Ellicott City a planned 2015 tax credit project.  Will the funding be available?

The proposed budget would slash $2 million of the appropriation to the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit over the course of 2015 and 2016. The tax credit is a job-creating program that supports private sector investment in historic buildings across the state.

According to a recent report by the Abell Foundation, for every $1 of tax credits issued through the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program, $8.53 of economic activity are generated. Additionally, according to the same study, on average, every $1 million worth of state investment in the program creates nearly 72.5 jobs. Thus, by cutting $2 million worth of tax credits – the state could lose $17,000,000 worth of economic activity and nearly 150 jobs.

Read the full press release >>>

Governor Hogan Praised for Inclusion of Maryland History in Inaugural Address

Preservation Maryland praised Governor Larry Hogan for taking the momentous opportunity of his inauguration as Maryland’s 62nd chief executive to highlight the proud history of the state.  Hogan, who was inaugurated on the steps of the historic statehouse in Annapolis, delivered his roughly 2,000 word inaugural address to an audience of more than 1,500. Read more >>





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