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.
Recap: Maryland History Advocacy Day
02/23/2016 By Preservation Maryland
On February 23, 2016 Preservation Maryland joined together advocates and partners from across the state to make the case to State decision-makers for the value of Maryland’s history. Speaking with one voice, Marylanders joined together to let their state legislators know that our history is worth protecting and highlighted the specific policies, programs, and funding that makes preservation possible.
OUR PRESERVATION PLATFORM
The Preservation Platform that our team of advocates used as the basis for their meetings calls for restored funding of $1.5 million for traditional history and preservation grant programs divided evenly between capital grants, museum grants, and survey-and-research grants—these grants have gone unfunded since 2010. It also calls for level funding of $1 million for the African-American Heritage Grant program.
In addition, the Platform calls for increasing funding to $30 million for the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit, officially known as the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit. Advocates explained that the current $9 million available for historic rehabilitation tax credits in Maryland is simply not meeting demand—and pales in comparison to the $100 million Virginia invests annually.
Those in attendance also advocated for Main Street Maryland, and the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy, Community Investment Tax Credit and Neighborhood BusinessWorks programs—each a critical tool for enhancing economic prosperity in the state’s traditional communities and downtowns.
The day’s activities started with a morning briefing led by Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding and hosted by the Historic Annapolis Foundation at the James Brice House, just two blocks from the State House. After the training session, registrants spread out across the complex of House and Senate office buildings to carry the message in one-on-one meetings with their State Legislators. In total, over 80 meetings were held. Following a day of meetings, participants returned to the Brice House for a reception that entertained the advocates and elected officials who attended.
Ultimately, the real value of these efforts is in giving Maryland history a voice—and a seat at the table.
Preservation Maryland Board Members: Nakita Reed, Encore Sustainable Designs; Amanda Fenstermaker, Heart of the Chesepeake Heritage Area; Ann Powell, Ayers Saint Gross; and Richard Hall, Citizen’s Planning and Housing Association.
Partners in conservation: Josh Hastings, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Dru Schmidt-Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland, with Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland (center).
Senator Selfie! Senator Ron Young from Frederick is a preservation champion of historic districts, here is a quick snap with Nicholas Redding and Rachel Rettaliata of Preservation Maryland.
Baltimore City Delegate, Dr. Mary L. Washington (center), with Gregory Katz, Council for Maryland Archaeology and Anthony Azola and Elly Colmers of Preservation Maryland.
Christopher Stevens, resident and advocate for Cumberland, steps out of the historic Brice House.
Mat Daw, center, with Tony Azola and Chis Stevens.
From Carroll County, Samuel Riley and Jane Sewell of Union Mills Homestead Foundation.
Our Maryland State Historic Preservation Officer, Elizabeth Hughes (right), with Virginia Busby, Commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and the Accokeek Foundation; Nicholas Redding and Douglas Harbit, Preservation Maryland.
Heralding from the Eastern Shore, Senator Adelaide Eckardt (right), with Virignia Busby, Commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs; Amanda Fenstermaker, Heart of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, and Sarah Meyers, Poplar Hill Mansion.
Young advocates joined in legislative meetings to highlight the future of preservation! Rachel Rettaliata, Cynthia Heider, Hannah Strum, and Benjamin Israel.
Preservation Maryland is Maryland’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites.