Wye Mill, Eastern Shore, 2018.

Maryland Heritage Area Authority Distributes $5 Million in Heritage Tourism Grants

07/19/2019
By Preservation Maryland

Earlier this month, the Maryland Heritage Area Authority (MHAA), administered by the Maryland Department of Planning, announced the distribution of $5 million in grants to support heritage tourism across the state. There are 13 state heritage areas that touch every county in Maryland and Baltimore City.

Heritage Area Economics

Since its creation in 1996, MHAA has awarded more than $41 million in grants and helped to leverage more than $1.6 billion in non-state funding for heritage tourism projects and activities. In the July 11, 2019 announcement by the Hogan administration, the positive economic impact of investing in Maryland’s historic Main Street, communities, and parks is clear. Every dollar of MHAA state grant funding:

Awarded Projects

Historic Greenbelt Theatre, Prince George’s County.

Prince George’s County

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Boundary Feasibility Study
$40,000

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

City of Bowie
10th Street Bowie Heritage Park
$74,660

Friends of Greenbelt Theatre
Prince George’s County Film Center and Media Arts Literacy Lab
$75,000


Annapolis Maritime Museum.

Four Rivers Heritage Area

Annapolis Maritime Museum
“Our Changing Waterfront,” Exhibit Fabrication & Installation
$50,000

Annapolis, London Town and South County Heritage Area
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Annapolis, London Town and South County Heritage Area
Boundary Amendment Study
$50,000

Captain Avery Museum
A Vision for Visitation
$23,000

Historic Annapolis
History of Annapolis Exhibit Design Documentation Completion
$24,000

London Town Foundation
Southern Side Enhancement: Horticulture Complex Design
$94,000

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
East Iconic Facade Repair and Improvements
$100,000

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Sellman-Kirkpatrick-Howitt House: Museum Exhibit Planning, Phase I
$48,500


The Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore. Photo by Baltimore Heritage.

Baltimore National Heritage Area

Baltimore Heritage Area Association
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Baltimore Heritage Area Association
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Top of the World Modernization Initiative
$50,000

Friends of Patterson Park
Renovation of the Park Superintendent’s House in Patterson Park
$100,000

Historic Ships In Baltimore
Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow Baltimore Education Programming
$21,980

Historic Ships in Baltimore
Seven Foot Knoll Roof Repair, Door and Window Replacement
$38,405

Irish Railroad Workers Museum
Roof Project for 918-920 Lemmon Street
$10,830

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Auditory Accessibility
$9,284

Maryland Historical Society
Fashion Exhibit Fabrication and Installation
$50,000

Pride of Baltimore
Visitor Experience Planning for Pride of Baltimore
$32,487

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
Rash Field Park
$100,000


View of Cumberland, Maryland.

CANAL PLACE

Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County
Frostburg C&P Railroad Depot Painting & General Repairs
$25,000

Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority
2nd Annual Canal Place River and Rails Festival
$7,450

Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority
River Park at Canal Place Implementation Plan Phase 2
$49,500

Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000


Handsell House.

Heart of Chesapeake Country

County Council of Dorchester County
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

County Council of Dorchester County
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

County Council of Dorchester County
Dorchester Celebrates 350 Years: Marking a Milestone Anniversary
$6,050

James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc.
Museum Exhibition Design, Fabrication, and Installation
$35,000

Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
Handsell House Basement Restoration
$20,000


Ruins of the Iron Master’s House, Catoctin Furnace, 2015.

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Antietam National Battlefield
New Visitor Center Exhibits
$50,000

Asbury United Methodist
Asbury Brick Restoration
$9,473

Carroll County Arts Council
Theatre Renovation
$60,000

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
Collier Log House Rehabilitation Project
$17,600

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
Forged in Bone: Facial Reconstructions of Catoctin Furnace’s Enslaved Workers
$38,540

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Education & Interpretive Plan, C&O Canal NHP in Williamsport, Maryland
$50,000

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Williamsport C&O Canal Visitor Center Engineering and Design
$100,000

Civil War Preservation
Joseph Gaber Farm
$10,000

Town of Emmitsburg
Emmitsburg Historical Wayside Exhibits FY2020
$12,062

Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park, Inc.
Catoctin Furnace Iron Master’s House Ruins Stabilization, Phase IV
$15,000

City of Hagerstown
Hagerstown Cultural Trail Phase II Extension and Wayfinding
$100,000

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
FY 2020 Marketing Grant
$25,000

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc.
Stabilization of Rocky Springs School House, ca. 1839
$13,455

Historical Society of Frederick County
Faces of Frederick County
$10,236

Main Street Middletown
Rehabilitation of 19-21 West Main Street
$15,525

Town of Thurmont
Two Gateway Signs for Two of the Entrances into the Town of Thurmont
$12,259

The Town of New Market
Visitor Experience Plan, Town of New Market
$6,895

The Washington County Historical Society
Miller House Museum Military Exhibit Enhancement
$25,018

Weinberg Center for the Arts
Weinberg Center for the Arts Marquee
$100,000


The Costen House, Pocomoke City, MD.

Lower Eastern Shore

Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Committee, Inc.
FY 2020 Management Grant
$77,410

City of Pocomoke
Costen House, ADA Accessible Restroom
$5,725

City of Salisbury
A Portrait of an Artist
$50,000

Ward Foundation
Lower Shore Traditions
$25,251


Sign for the Havre de Grace Decoy Festival.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Inc.
Museum Lighting and HVAC Upgrades
$7,940

The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Inc
Underground Railroad Exhibit and Interpretation from a Maritime Perspective
$13,788

The Hosanna Community House
Transition to Freedom: Regional Interpretive Brochure and Annual Festival Expansion
$32,770

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Inc.
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Inc.
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Town of Perryville
Light The Night at Lower Ferry
$15,100

Town of Port Deposit
Historic Tome Steps, Phase II
$7,500


Germantown Historical Society, Montgomery County, MD.

Montgomery County Heritage Area

Audubon Naturalist Society
Stabilizing Historic Woodend Mansion and Gatehouse
$37,722

Town of Brookeville
Brookeville Academy Roof Replacement
$35,000

The Germantown Historical Society, Inc.
Germantown Bank Building Rehabilitation
$100,000

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc.
Spanish Ballroom Exterior Restoration
$94,783

Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

The Menare Foundation
Barn Restoration, Phase II
$19,000

Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Heritage Triangle Trail – Phase 1- Dr. Bird/Norwood Roads Shared Use Path
$100,000

Sandy Spring Museum
Cultural Study of Historically Black Communities of Sandy Spring, Maryland
$29,325

Sugarland Ethno-History Project, Inc.
St Paul Community Church Roof Replacement and Mold Removal
$50,000


Street in the Mountain Lake Historic District of Oakland, MD. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, Maryland
Oakland Heritage Trail Improvements
$29,631


The Historic B&O Station, Ellicott City, Maryland. Flickr user MrTinDC.

Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

Ellicott City Historic District Partnership
Finding Your Way in Ellicott City
$8,500

Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park
Mobile Interpretive Park Center
$50,000

Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000

Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.
FY 2020 Marketing Grant
$17,500

Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.
Ellicott City 250th Anniversary (EC250) Project
$15,000


Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum. Photo from St. Mary’s County Government.

Southern Maryland Heritage Area

American Chestnut Land Trust
Phase 1: Research for the Parkers Creek Heritage Trail
$20,000

County Commissioners of Calvert County
Archaeology at the Calverton Site, 18CV22
$20,000

Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Renovation of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Core Exhibit
$52,600

Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Lighthouse Museums
Interpretive Panel Replacement Project
$6,700

Greenwell Foundation, Inc.
Explore Greenwell: Interactive Heritage Tourism Project
$21,870

Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum, Inc.
Revolutionary War Trail through Southern Maryland to Victory at Yorktown
$10,000

Commissioners of St. Mary’s County
A New Building for St Clement’s Island Museum
$100,000

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
FY 2020 Management Grant
$100,000


Bordley History Center in downtown Chestertown, MD.

Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area

The Avalon Foundation, Inc.
Avalon Theatre 2nd Century
$56,250

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Exhibition Building
$100,000

Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc.
FY 2020 Block Grant
$25,000

Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc.
FY 2020 Management Grant
$33,000

Mayor and Council of Federalsburg
Restoration of Historic Secretary of the Interior, Chambers Park Cabin
$16,564

Friends of Wye Mill
Comprehensive Interpretation Plan
$25,200

Historical Society of Kent County, Inc.
Saving the Historic Bordley History Center
$21,000

Kent County Arts Council
Raimond Arts Building Renovation, Phase 2
$100,000

Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation
Bloomfield Manor Structure
$25,000

Queen Anne’s County Office of Tourism
Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center Redesign
$50,000

St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square
TeeTotum Addition, Roof Replacement, HVAC, Chaney House African American Exhibit
$65,000

Sultana Education Foundation, Inc.
Lawrence Wetlands Preserve, Planning and Implementation
$99,000

Washington College
Chesapeake Heartland African American Humanities Truck
$89,164

Waterfowl Chesapeake, Inc.
Waterfowl Festival Anniversary Groundwork & Audience Development
$50,000


Harriet Tubman mural in Dorchester County, 2019.

Multi-Heritage Area

C & O Canal Trust, Inc.
Expanding Functionality, Trip-Planning, and Networking Tools for C&O Canal
$14,888

County Council of Dorchester County
Virtual and Augmented Reality Tour along the Underground Railroad
$38,500

Maryland Humanities Council, Inc.
Programs and Companion Exhibits for Smithsonian’s Water/Ways Statewide Tour
$32,110

All MHAA Awards

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