On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Preservation Maryland hosted a live telephone town hall that reached thousands of listeners to discuss the latest threats to the federal Historic Tax Credit and how we can all be advocates for this essential program. If you missed the call, you can listen and share the recording online now.
The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) has identified over 500 mills throughout Maryland — only a fraction of which are still standing. This exercise illustrates the need to preserve Maryland’s industrial heritage like Preservation Maryland is helping to do along the Jones Falls in Baltimore City.
It’s Our Job to Protect History
12/13/2015 By Preservation Maryland
Since 1931, Preservation Maryland has depended on people just like you– people who recognize the value of our heritage and the role it can play in creating vibrant and sustainable communities for the future.
Ultimately, your support gave us the courage to launch a new program that is both hands-on and results driven. It’s a program that refuses to accept the status quo. It’s a program that will honestly save places that matter.
THAT NEW PROGRAM IS PRESERVATION MARYLAND’S SIX-TO-FIX:
Following a highly competitive nomination process, we selected and announced our first six projects, listed below, and now we need your support. Each selected project is set to receive a tailored package of preservation support to assure success. Depending on the project, that support could include: seed funding, technical assistance, capacity building support, volunteer organizing and management, outreach and inclusion in a statewide publicity campaign. The six sites:
Antietam Battlefield: A Cleanup Campaign
THE “FINAL ATTACK” ON NON-NATIVE INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES
Baltimore’s Historic Storefronts
HELPING A CITY HEAL ITS PHYSICAL WOUNDS
Dorchester County: High Tides of Change
IDENTIFYING OUR HISTORIC RESOURCES BEFORE THE WATER RISES
Glenn Dale Hospital: Breathing New Life into Old Buildings
PRESSING PLAY ON A STALLED PROJECT
Holly Hall: The Grand Dame of Elkton
A CITY RALLIES TO SAVE ONE OF ITS OWN
Pleasant View: From Civil War to Civil Rights
PRESERVING PLEASANT VIEW’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN STORY
As you can imagine, coordinating and executing this program won’t come cheap. Each project is expected to cost +/-$15,000 – or a staggering $100,000 for the entire brand-new program.
And – in addition to this new program – we also remain dedicated to running and expanding our many other critical preservation programs. They include:
Taking our preservation priorities to the State House.
Saved! Thurmont Cozy Inn Cabin
Recognizing grassroots efforts, like Old Greenbelt Theatre.
ADVOCACY: We are leading the charge to increase the amount of state historic tax credits and capital grant funding available. We also stand ready to speak out and take action when history is threatened by reckless forces.
FUNDING & SUPPORT: We provide nearly $100,000 in direct-aid grants to projects all across the state. The cost of running this important program is borne directly by Preservation Maryland.
OUTREACH & EDUCATION: Our yearly professional development event, Summer School, continues to attract larger and larger crowds – quickly establishing itself as Maryland’s premiere preservation education event. In 2016, we also plan to launch a webinar training series for our partners statewide and continue to expand our updated website.
OUR WORK IS URGENT, VARIED AND COMPLEX.
As you prepare to make your end-of-year charitable giving decisions for 2015, I ask that you consider our work – and the programs and projects you have just read about.
$1,000 would help pay for a wide range of preservation programming for nearly a day – putting us in the field, providing assistance and making a difference.
$500 could cover the cost of bringing in a top-tier consultant in to help strategize with a Six-to-Fix site and develop a plan for a sustainable future.
$250 would cover the cost of producing enough publications for a day’s worth of advocacy in Annapolis – fighting for the programs that make preservation possible.
$100 provides funding for several hours’ worth of staff time to visit with Heritage Fund grant recipients and assist with their complex projects.
NO MATTER THE AMOUNT, YOUR HELP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.