From The Executive Director: Looking Ahead to 2020

By Nicholas A. Redding

The past decade has been one of dramatic and accelerating growth for Preservation Maryland.


Since just 2015, the organization has accomplished a great deal, including:

  • Launching several new high-profile programs, including, Six-to-Fix, Smart Growth Maryland and a national partnership, The Campaign for Historic Trades,
  • Producing 100+ episodes of PreserveCast, a nationally recognized preservation podcast,
  • Establishing PreserveList as the go-to preservation business database for the Mid-Atlantic,
  • Growing our grant programs by 150% to support the diverse needs of the state,
  • Significantly expanding our legislative advocacy outreach in Annapolis – developing a host of preservation champions in the General Assembly,
  • Accepting the need to engage in disaster response efforts following two devastating floods in Ellicott City – and becoming a national champion for resiliency and mitigation.
  • Leading targeted battlefield preservation efforts at South Mountain, Fort Tonoloway and Falling Waters Battlefields,
  • Expanding the professional staff of the organization to meet the growing needs – and eliminating nearly all deficit spending in the process,
  • Sustainably growing the budget of the organization by nearly 260%  through an expansive and inclusive development and fundraising effort.

But, our work is far from complete. 

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A Year of Challenges and Opportunities Await

In 2020, the organization will continue to expand and accept new challenges, including:

These significant and challenging opportunities are just the ones we know about now – and as history has taught us – every year presents new and unexpected challenges. The expected and unexpected alike are why we depend on donor support – donations to our Annual Fund make this work possible and give us the confidence we need to make bold plans.

Restored WWII crane supported by our Six-to-Fix program.

Restored WWII crane supported by our Six-to-Fix program.

Despite all this success – a chorus of cynics is always ready to tell us we’re attempting too much – or that we simply can’t succeed. To them, I say you’ve never met Preservation Maryland’s steadfast and generous donors. Together, we’ll continue to prove the naysayers wrong – and in doing so – we’ll save the very best of Maryland.

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Nicholas A. Redding · Executive Director

Nicholas A. Redding is Preservation Maryland’s Executive Director and between announcing major organizational updates, he often blogs about Maryland and Civil War history.

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