By Nicholas A. Redding
Elections have consequences – and the most recent election in Howard County will have significant impacts on the future of historic Ellicott City.
The Challenge: In 2017, the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program was funded at $600,000 and the Historic Preservation Non-Capital Research & Survey Grant Program was funded at $200,000. This was the first funding these programs have received since 2010. The African-American Heritage Preservation Grant program received level funding at $1 million. Unfortunately, the Historical and Cultural Museum Advancement Grant Program received absolutely no funding or support from the state.
These programs have been pivotal in preserving and interpreting some of the state’s finest resources. From the Antietam Battlefield to Historic St. Mary’s City to Smith Island – these programs have touched every corner of the state and provided the necessary funding to allow Marylander’s to preserve the places that matter to them.
Our Position: Preservation Maryland emphatically supports increasing the state’s investment in these chronically underfunded programs. A state appropriation of $1.5 million (split between the Capital, Survey & Research, and Museum Advancement programs) would continue to spur a renewed interest in the history of this state and create a catalyst for heritage tourism.