An NPS employee skilled in the traditional trades works on the Pulp Mill Ruins in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Preservation Maryland Supports the Introduction of Federal Legislation

07/22/2021
By Nicholas A. Redding

Preservation Maryland is proud to announce our role in the introduction of federal legislation, a first in the organization’s (almost) 90-year history. 

The bill, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, would authorize a one-time, $1 million appropriation to acquire the land identified by the National Park Service and the City of Frederick to facilitate a new Historic Preservation Training Center. The new Center would allow for the needed expansion of historic trades training, as the current demand for qualified individuals far outweighs those that have been trained. 

Preservation Maryland, which powers the workforce development initiative The Campaign for Historic Trades in partnership with the National Park Service, worked alongside Maryland Senators Ben Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) and U.S. Rep. David Trone (D) on this important step for the future of the Training Center and historic preservation. The Campaign for Historic Trades creates hands-on opportunities for individuals looking to build trades careers, many of which take place at the Historic Preservation Training Center, an immeasurably valuable resource in Frederick. 

“Preservation Maryland works at the federal, state, and local level to influence the policies, programs, and funding mechanisms that make preservation and smart growth possible. Our time-honored innovation and tenacity continue on, as this legislation will solidify a future for those who seek to ensure protection of our past. I am honored to lead an organization and a team always looking for new ways to grow, expand and make a lasting impact on Maryland and beyond.”

-Nicholas Redding, Preservation Maryland President & CEO

Without skilled hands to perform the work, the preservation of irreplaceable land and objects simply cannot happen. 

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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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