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Preservation Summer School

Preservation Summer School MailerThis year's Preservation Summer School - "Uncovering the Untold Stories" on Wednesday, July 23, at McDaniel College in Westminster was a great success.  As the demographics in Maryland continue to shift, preservationists and historians must be sure they are telling the stories that people are interested in hearing.  At Preservation Summer School, over 70 people came together to discover and learn how to communicate effectively the stories of underrepresented groups in their community.

In the morning, scholars and practitioners presented some "untold stories" which got the audience thinking about which stories might resonate in their community.  Throughout the afternoon, participants learned how to use partnerships to get these stories out to a broader audience and how social media can serve as an effective tool for conducting campaigns and sharing stories.

Click here for more information about what we learned at Preservation Summer School - "Uncovering the Untold Stories." If you want to learn about the latest preservation scholarship, brainstorm new ideas for your organization and network with colleagues, don't miss Preservation Summer School next year!

2014 Endangered Maryland Released

Nelson HomesteadPreservation Maryland's Endangered Maryland program is a call to action to save critically important historic buildings and sites that are at risk of being lost. Every site selected for this year's list is at imminent risk. Increased public dialogue and creative solutions are key to saving these historic places. Visit www.endangeredmaryland.org to learn about the selected sites and find out what you can do to help.

2014 Legislative Report 

 Legislation:

  • Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program (HB0510): Passed
    The Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program encourages the redevelopment of historic buildings by offering project sponsors tax credits equal to 20% of eligible rehabilitation costs for historic properties. 

 HB 510 extends the termination date of the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program through FY2017 and adds a new small commercial credit category that permits owners of small businesses to receive tax credits for historic rehabilitation projects totaling $500,000 or less.

   Budget Items:

 Below is an overview of the funding for the various state preservation-related programs passed by the General Assembly. 

Community Legacy: $6 million (level funding from FY2014)

Neighborhood BusinessWorks: $4,250,000 (increase of $1,890,000 from FY2014)

Thank you to all who supported this year’s legislative and budget agendas through e-mails, phone-calls, and direct lobbying efforts with your representatives in the General Assembly.

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