For over 20 years, the Heritage Fund grant program has provided vital funds for preservation projects across the state – it is a stable source of funding needed by Maryland’s cultural organizations now more than ever. This most recent round, awarded in the midst of a global pandemic and civic unrest, will grant nearly $50,000 for needed repairs, research, and project planning in communities large and small – all stewards of authentic Maryland history.
Preservation Maryland Executive Director, Nicholas Redding was selected by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to serve as vice chairman of the Council’s nearly formed Traditional Training Task Force. The Task Force is led by Aimee Jorjani, Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with the goal of building a preservation ethic in construction trades and to highlight the worth of the skilled craft worker.
Map of Maryland, 1795.
Maryland Historical Trust Releases New Statewide Preservation Plan
09/23/2019 By Preservation Maryland
The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) recently released the new Statewide Preservation Plan, PreserveMaryland II, intended to guide preservation efforts across the state for the next five years. Preservation Maryland was part of the plan’s advisory committee, and we look forward to supporting the successful execution of the plan. We are proud that much of our ambitious and continued work is highlighted throughout PreserveMarylandII.
GOALS OF THE PLAN
Connect with Broader Audiences
Preservation Maryland has hosted and self-funded the most popular historic preservation podcast, PreserveCast, since 2017.
With support from the Rural Maryland Council, Preservation Maryland and Smart Growth Maryland have hosted 10 pop-up offices across the state, connecting with and providing one-on-one assistance to hundreds of Marylanders.
Improve the Framework for Preservation
Preservation planners are often a first-line of protecting Maryland’s historic sites; Preservation Maryland has convened two annual meetings of the state’s planners.
Acting as an advisor, Preservation Maryland will announce a new report about the impact of the state and federal historic tax credit due out in late 2019
Expand and Update Documentation
In order to prepare for the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, Preservation Maryland named Maryland’s suffrage history as one of our Six-to-Fix projects in 2017 and is the recipient of a Maryland Historical Trust Non-Cap Preservation Grant for a context study of women’s suffrage throughout the state.
Preservation Maryland is the recipient of a Maryland Historical Trust Non-Cap Preservation Grant to conduct a first-of-its-kind research project on the history of the LGBTQ community in Maryland.
Build Capacity and Strengthen Networks
With the Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland has dispersed over $1 million in direct financial assistance to preservation projects through the Heritage Fund grant program.
Preservation Maryland led efforts to create and manage the inaugural round of grants from the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund in 2019.
Collaborate Towards Shared Objectives
Preservation Maryland, with Smart Growth Maryland and the League of Conservation Voters, has hosted dozens of town hall meetings and webinars to brief the public on our advocacy goals and encourage participation.
Working with the Maryland DOT and SHA, Preservation Maryland employs a Cemetery Documentation Specialist who is actively uncovering and documenting burial sites on state property.
MORE FROM MHT
PreserveMaryland II, the statewide preservation plan, is a five-year guidance document for government agencies, non-profit advocates and others involved in historic preservation, archeology and cultural heritage in Maryland. MHT updates the plan every five years and the National Park Service (NPS) reviews the final document. The final plan is also reviewed by the Secretary of Planning and the Governor, and approved by the MHT Board of Trustees prior to public release.