Earlier this month, Preservation Maryland hosted over 200 revelers to our annual Best of Maryland Awards celebration held on the grounds of the vintage Glen Echo Amusement Park. Preservation Maryland and Smart Growth Maryland would like to congratulate all of the deserving awardees and thank everyone who helped make the evening a true celebration of preservation in Maryland.
The Catoctin Furnace Historic Building Trades Program in Western Maryland embodies the mythology of the phoenix as the symbol of rebirth and new life for both the historic buildings and the young people who take part in their preservation. Preservation Maryland is pleased to recognize the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society and Silver Oak Academy with The Phoenix Award at our annual Best of Maryland Awards this May.
Best of Maryland: Aaron Marcavitch of Maryland Milestones
05/07/2018 By Preservation Maryland
Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of the Anacostia Trails State Heritage Area, is a leader in heritage tourism and preservation partnership in Maryland and will be recognized with The Gearhart Professional Service Award by Preservation Maryland at our annual Best of Maryland awards.
Through the long-term Maryland Milestones initiative of the Anacostia Trails State Heritage Area, Aaron connects heritage and recreation tourism through much of Prince George’s County. Under his leadership, the Heritage Area recently opened the doors to its Heritage Center in a rehabilitated theatre in the heart of hip and historic Hyattsville. Other Heritage Center partners include Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and the Neighborhood Design Center.
The Heritage Center is a stunning example of Aaron’s partnership building strategies and brought together an arts center and artists studios with a strong bike and recreational culture to create a hub of exploration of Maryland’s history across time. Aaron keeps the Center active with special events, bike scavenger hunts, and other creative tourism strategies — many of them based out of the Heritage Center or other gems in Prince George’s County.