Our Story

We are Maryland’s oldest, largest and most effective preservation organization. As an 84-year old organization you might think we’ve slowed down a bit – but we’re still full of fight.


Board members revealing a new interpretive sign; our logo, an early version seen on the SPMA flag, as always been a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Today, our mission and fight remains the same as when we started in 1931: Preserving Maryland’s Heritage.

To make measurable impacts, our work has been divided into three specific, targeted and strategic efforts:

  1. Advocacy: Speaking up and making the case for the policies, programs and funding that makes preservation possible.
  2. Outreach & Education: Rolling up our sleeves and working to support and empower preservation efforts statewide through coordination, training and direct engagement via Maryland’s Six-to-Fix.
  3. Funding: Directly investing in preservation projects through our Heritage Fund and by working to secure additional private philanthropy in our state’s historic resources.

This work is implemented by a dedicated staff of six full-time employees. Each team member oversees a different and equally compelling aspect of our mission. Though technically a ‘small non-profit,’ we pride ourselves on being alarmingly effective.

Since our creation in 1931, the brief highlights of our impact include:

Download our ’75 Years With Preservation Maryland’ booklet

Beyond the specific achievements, we’ve also consistently worked to be a resource for the individuals and grassroots organizations working to save places that matter to their communities. This work takes on many forms, including thousands of hours of technical assistance, capacity building, strategic visioning and establishment of effective partnerships.

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