Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns. A major component of this campaign is focused on implementing smart growth policies at the local level across Maryland.
Convening the Old Line State Summit at the U.S. Naval Academy this July was an honor for Preservation Maryland and a privilege to share the unique opportunity to spend the day on the historic campus. Many of the sessions have been recorded and presentations made available as free resources to the preservation community.
ASCENDING THE SUMMIT
The Old Line State Summit is Maryland’s historic preservation conference and is a comprehensive and immersive day of training that covers a range of relevant topics – and from those topics replicable methods and practices that can be applied to many challenges that face Maryland’s historic communities.
Seminal moments from the Summit include:
Keynote speaker, Greg Werkheiser of Cultural Heritage Partners, presented the awesome opportunities that preservationists have to shape the telling of history well into the future. This expert guidance can take place if heritage professionals tap into the trends in augmented reality, drone imaging, 3D scanning, and artificial intelligence. Putting his recommendations into action, Werkheiser’s firm has invested in ARtGlass – wearable technology that lets visitors to historic sites interact with history and architecture through time and space.
Editor of the National Park Service theme study, LGBTQ America, Megan Springate and public historian, Sue Ferentinos provided an overview of inclusive research and interpretation methods for queer history in museums and throughout cities, and as part of future efforts to better document and preserve sites in Maryland.
Attendees had the opportunity to join a live recording of PreserveCast! Host, Executive Director Nick Redding and Producer, Stephen Israel, replicated our podcast studio and introduced PreserveCast as one of the new ways that Preservation Maryland is acting as a nationwide megaphone for historic preservation.
Focusing on the material, Nell Ziehl from the Maryland Historical Trust led a panel discussion on the role of replacement materials in historic rehabilitation projects – and typical older home repairs – that meet preservation standards and balance life safety and sustainability.
As always, these presentations are enhanced by those attendees that bring and share their own experiences during lively Q&A sessions. The networking and connections that takes place during a statewide conference can lead to new partnerships and an important exchange of ideas that strengthen preservation efforts statewide.