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.
While many groups and organizations have already begun the collection of LGBTQ artifacts and stories, there are only 9 – out of over 1.7 million contributing historic resources – National Park Service sites that officially interpret that history within its physical context.
The Rainbow Heritage Network, “a national organization for the recognition and preservation of sites, history, and heritage associated with sexual and gender minorities in the United States,” hosts a list of those nine sites. But more noteworthy, the organization also crowdsources sites that are likely to be significant to national or local history as they relate to the LGBTQ community’s contributions to American society. Out of over 500 sites notated across the country, 22 of those sites are in Maryland.
Preservation Maryland is working with it’s partners in local government, academic institutions, and allied organizations to initiate the beginnings of an effort to research identified LGBTQ heritage sites in Maryland and support their recognition by the National Park Service. This may result in amendments to existing National Register nominations, new nominations at several levels, and new outreach and advocacy on the theme. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please sign-up to receive Preservation Maryland’s periodic project updates: presmd.org/signup.