Old Line State Summit: Academic and Municipal Partners in Preservation

By Preservation Maryland

The Maryland preservation community will convene at the Old Line State Summit on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Annapolis. The one-day conference will focus on innovative and adaptable sessions, including an panel on the structure and impact of the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability program through the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland.

Event Recap: Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees for your participation in the Old Line State Summit on July 12, 2017 in Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy. Many of the sessions have been recorded and presentations made available as a free resource to the preservation community on the Preservation Maryland website.

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Through the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) program connects the planning needs of local communities with UMD Master’s students from the preservation and library schools to take on real-world projects. As an exemplary project, professors and students will report on the 2017 10-week project of updating a 2002 Eastport property survey that included historic research and new GIS mapping. The PALS program is on-going and attendees are encouraged to bring their community needs and potential projects to the session.



With 25 years of experience in the historic preservation field, Lisa strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, sustainable, dynamic and creative community assets with a goal of collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work and visit. As Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis, Ms. Craig is responsible for the City’s compliance with local, state and federal preservation standards and regulations.  She is principle liaison between the City and property owners for all development projects in the historic district.  She manages historic research, design, commission training, legislation and procedures drafting, grantwriting, community engagement, and educational materials and programs for the City. Current projects include spearheading development of a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan – identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning.


Scott Harkless is a recent University of Maryland graduate with an MLIS focused in Archiving and Digital Curation and a bachelor’s in Library Science from Kutztown University. During his time in college he has worked with more than a dozen cultural heritage organizations as a contractor or intern including the Library of Congress and Executive Office of the President. Scott has presented on Digital Curation projects to the Annapolis City Council, the 12th Digital Curation conference in Edinburgh, and the Computers in Libraries conference. Currently he is a contractor working on the Supreme Court Insight Project for Proquest, LLC.


Richard is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center, and director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies lab. Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program. His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data. He holds degrees in Avionics and Electrical Engineering, a Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and conducted a Postdoc in Computational Geography.

Registration is now open! All Marylanders interested in protecting and promoting the history and heritage of the Old Line State are invited. Find out more about all of the sessions and speakers online at: oldlinestate.org.

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