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.
Workshop Recap: Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s “Catching Visitors with Pokémon Go”
Click this image to watch coverage of the workshop from WHAG News.
Participating in the workshop was the National Park Service, Visit Frederick, Preservation Maryland, and several historic sites. Rangers for the National Park Service stationed at the National Mall play during the day, and that visibility helps to encourage visitors around them to join in the game, too. Some of the discussion focused on weather Pokémon Go is here-to-stay or a cultural fad, but while it is still a popular game, heritage and cultural sites may want to take advantage of the phenomenon.
Preservation Maryland’s Ben Israel, who participated in the workshop, recently wrote a how-to guide on how to use Pokémon Go to attract and engages visitors of all-ages to historic sites and Main Street communities with the game. You can read that guide and follow links through to additional resources here: presmd.org/pokemon.
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