Flood waters on Main Street in Ellicott City, 1972. Photo from the Howard County Historical Society.

Heritage Fund Highlight: Keeping History Above Water Conference in Annapolis

By Preservation Maryland

As a part of Preservation Maryland’s commitment to professional development and increasing awareness about the threat sea-level rise poses to historic resources, the organization made a $3,000  grant from the Heritage Fund to support bringing the Keeping History Above Water conference to Annapolis, Maryland in 2017.

To address the need for a preservation-specific discussion on the threat of rising water to America’s historic coastal communities, the Newport Restoration Foundation hosted the first Keeping History Above Water conference in 2016. This year, the international gathering will be hosted in Annapolis, Maryland with support from a Heritage Fund grant.

In light of the threats to historic Annapolis faces from sea level rise, the City of Annapolis has responded with a comprehensive strategy under the Weather it Together program umbrella and is a natural host for the conference.

The conference begins Sunday, October 29, 2017 with a lecture program open to the public. More technical sessions and discussions will take place through Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and require registration. The entire historic City of Annapolis will be utilized as a classroom as attendees explore adaptive designs and water management considerations on several scheduled tours.

Conference goers will find Preservation Maryland staff in attendance and at the resource hall with copies of our recently published “After Action Report: Flood of 2016, Ellicott City, Maryland” and other preservation resources.

Please note, due to the high level of interest in this topic, registration is now closed and at capacity. 

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