2021 Year-in-Review from the Preservation Maryland Team

By Preservation Maryland

In 2021 Preservation Maryland celebrated our 90th anniversary and tackled some of our largest initiatives yet, working to preserve the state’s unique and irreplaceable heritage while concurrently creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. Through strategic programming we have used the best of our past to solve some of today’s biggest issues, including climate change, affordable housing, and workforce development. Read on for programming highlights – and some of our biggest victories – in 2021.

The Campaign for Historic Trades

Partners from Conservation Legacy, The Campaign for Historic Trades and the National Parks Service at the Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center.

Partners from Conservation Legacy, The Campaign for Historic Trades and the National Parks Service at the Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center.

In 2021 The Campaign for Historic Trades, a bold workforce development initiative to broaden and expand training in the highdemand field of historic trades, accomplished:

  • Landmark partnership agreement signed with Conservation Legacy
  • TTAP Partnership already expanded from 15 to 25, likely 40+ by the end of 2022
  • Renewal and expansion of NPS agreement
  • Three full-time staff members hired
  • Introduced federal legislation for HPTC land acquisition to expand facilities
  • Founded the Historic Trades Council
  • Helped NPS develop training curriculum and pathways
    • Historic Preservation Fundamentals
    • Historic Stewards Program
  • Cemetery program funded by MAERDAF

The Heritage Fund


Heritage Fund check presentation for Newcomer House at Antietam.

In 2021, The Heritage Fund, a joint program of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust:

  • Awarded $108,300 to 13 projects spanning across the state from Garrett to Worcester counties. The projects include bricks and mortar work, along with project planning, and educational initiatives
  • Funds awarded by the program leveraged over $650,000 in total project costs.
  • Over its more than two decades the Heritage Fund has awarded over $1.6 million dollars in project funding.
  • In its final year, the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund, Preservation Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Baltimore Heritage, and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation awarded $53,000 in grants to projects impacting historic resources in Baltimore City.

Smart Growth Maryland

Landscape of Frederick County. Photo by Preservation Maryland, 2018.

Landscape of Frederick County. Photo by Preservation Maryland, 2018.

In 2021, Smart Growth Maryland, 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, supported and helped accomplish:

Historic Property Redevelopment Program

417 N. Jonathan Street – AFTER (2021)

2021 was a prolific year for our Historic Property Redevelopment program, working on projects across the state and making direct investments in Maryland’s historic places through the restoration, rehabilitation, and revitalization of historic structures and the communities in which they reside. Here are our highlights:


417 N Jonathan Street

Robert W. Johnson Community Center

Asset Mapping


Burtis House


Snoots House


Old Ellicott City Jail

Of course this work is largely made possible by our generous donors. If you’d like to see us continue this important work across the state – and nationally via The Campaign for Historic Trades – please consider supporting our work! To learn more about our plans for 2022 visit our Annual Fund page.

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