Preservation Maryland looks forward to highlighting the amazing work of Maryland’s preservationists each year at the Best of Maryland awards. This year, the list is stacked from legislative champions to creative developers and from career artisans to inspiring grassroots groups. Congratulations!
Please join us in recognizing the Best of Maryland awardees at a preservation party Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the College Park Aviation Museum. Registration is open!
As our Historic Preservation Officer, Elizabeth Hughes leads statewide preservation efforts through the Maryland Historical Trust, and also served as the leaders of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers that advocates for federal historic preservation programs.
Del. Lierman is largely responsible for the budget language which resulted in the 2016 Joint Chairman’s Report outlining the need for the restoration of the Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Grant Fund; the Report led to the inclusion funding in the 2017 budget for the first time since 2010.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones introduced the Maryland Historic Trust Grant Fund Improvement Act which seeks to ensure the Maryland Historical Trust’s Grant Fund receives funding every year. The bill passed in both the House and Senate and will hopefully be signed into law in the near future.
Sen. Ferguson introduced the Maryland Historic Trust Grant Fund Improvement Act, a bill that seeks to guarantee funding to the Preservation Grant Fund at the Maryland Historical Trust, that will support preservation projects across the Old Line State.
Del. Wilson introduced the legislation that raised the funding cap for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program that passed this March and will result in additional resources for the thirteen heritage areas across the state that touch every county and support heritage tourism.
Responding to the devastating flood in Elliott City, Executive Kittleman, instituted an effective approach that included the safety of residents, the vitality of local Main Street businesses, and historic preservation.
Dr. Thompson recently retired after over 40 years of service to researching and preserving the history the Eastern Shore; teaching at Salisbury University, founding the Delmarva Historical Archives now the Nabb Research Center, and preserving Rackcliffe House, Pemberton Hall, Poplar Hill Mansion and others.
In Baltimore City, Metropolitan Partnership completed an extraordinary rehabilitation of the former Maryland National Bank at 10 Light Street into downtown apartments and an Under Armour Performance Center gym.
Built in 1866 and having just celebrated its 150th year in 2016, Tolson’s Chapel now stands as a restored African-American schoolhouse due to the persistence of the Friend’s group that can now turn its attention away from repair and restoration to education and interpretation.
The Canal Quarters program allows visitors to stay in historic lockhouses across the C&O Canal National Historical Park – a program that is greatly supported by the efforts of over 35 volunteers donating over 15,000 hours of service to provide this unique experience.
Working with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and architects Citadel DCA, John Tower and The Tower Co. restored the guard houses of the Naval Academy in Annapolis – the only two surviving 19th century structures and the entrance to the campus.
Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and the City of Hyattsville; Bmore Kitchen by Accelerator Development; Montgomery Modern program of the Maryland-National Parks & Planning Commission; “Laboring Sons Memorial Ground” Documentary by the City of Frederick’s Audio Visual Department
Presented to an elected official in Maryland that champions historic preservation policy, programs, and supporting funding, and recognizes the importance of preserving Maryland heritage. Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of the officials’ support on preservation in Maryland.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exceptional leadership and commitment to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage. Nominations will be evaluated based on the length and nature of service or project, record of achievement, and the nominee’s overall impact on the statewide preservation movement.
Presented to an individual who is employed as a professional by a historic preservation organization, agency or academic institution and who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, knowledge, and creativity in the protection and preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archeological sites. Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of the person’s achievements and their contributions to the preservation of Maryland’s history and culture.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize projects demonstrating excellence in the revitalization of threatened or abandoned historic resources. Nominations will be evaluated based on the project’s impact on historic preservation and community revitalization.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exemplary stewardship of Maryland’s historic building, collections, landscapes, and archaeological sites.Nominations will be evaluated based on the degree to which the project conforms to applicable professional standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the degree to which the project has successfully protected a historic resource from harm. Nominated projects should have been completed within the last two years.
The Harrison Volunteer Awards has been presented by Preservation Maryland semi-annually since 1985, and is the organization’s oldest award. This award goes to individuals or organizations to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions to historic preservation in Maryland. Nominations will be evaluated based on the extent to which the individual or group’s preservation project made a substantial contribution to saving historic resources in Maryland.
Presented to an individual or group of individuals who has demonstrated excellence in the art and artistry of a craft or trade that is used in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, or archaeological sites in Maryland. Nominations will be evaluated based on the person’s demonstrated excellence in the practice of their craft as well as their ability to inspire and willingness to teach others the skills needed to perform their trade.
There is so much that makes Maryland great, what make’s Maryland great to you? Your favorite dog park or hiking trail and scenic view, your neighborhood preservation group, the best cup of coffee or freshest catch you’ve ever had, a main street art festival or museum you stumbled upon following brown cultural signs. Take this opportunity to share your best of Maryland.
Our Best of Maryland awards is a party; no long speeches, just a casual atmosphere at the awesome College Park Aviation Museum for celebrating the awardees, networking with movers-and-shakers in Maryland preservation, and enjoying the saves, afters, and wows of the past year.
Don’t miss this preservation party! Tickets are only $20 for members and $30 for non-members and includes a casual BBQ buffet dinner with local beer and wine.
The Honorable Christopher Trumbauer
Anne Arundel County Government
Councilman Trumbauer introduced legislation to create an Anne Arundel County historic tax credit, and in late 2015 it was approved. We recognize the Councilmember’s championship of preservation and conservation through this act, and his career.
Mr. Charlie Duff, President
Mr. Duff’s commitment to the history and the future of Baltimore is seen through is founding and leadership of Jubliee Baltimore, a non-profit that has supported the revitalization of Baltimore through preservation, development, and the arts.
Ms. Cathy Thompson, Community Planner
Charles County Government
Ms. Thompson goes above and beyond to save and interpret some of Maryland’s oldest history as a municipal planner and staff to the Preservation Commission, and as such, a liaison between the County and allied public and private group – a true partner.
Eastern Shore Conservation Center
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Leaders in conservation and planning on the Eastern Shore, ESLC transformed a vacant and historic laundry building into their state-of-art headquarters that they share with allied groups in the area providing a spark of revitalization in their neighborhood.
The Artisans of the Ivy Hotel
Dozens of highly-skilled and Maryland-based small businesses and individual experts came together to create an historic and aesthetic icon that is the Ivy Hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City.
Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
Restoration of the Washington Monument
On it’s bicentennial the Conservancy undertook a significant restoration of the materials of the Washington Monument, and enhancing the visitor experience along the way. The discovery of a time-capsule during the work made international news.
Caroline County Tourism & Caroline County Historical Society
Restoration of the James H. Webb Log House
The many volunteers of these Caroline County groups take on preservation projects saving places across the County, and then research, interpret, and manage those sites to support heritage tourism.
Takoma Radio, a project of Historic Takoma, Inc; Thurmont Historical Society’s Cozy Cabin; Historic Parole Walking Tour & Map; Furnace Town’s New Website