The ca. 1910 WB Tower in Brunswick. Photo by Edd Fuller.

Preservation Maryland Announces New Class of Six-to-Fix Projects

08/27/2019
By Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce the new class of Six-to-Fix projects. The Six-to-Fix program is an innovative impact-focused effort designed to help provide real solutions to big preservation challenges across the state.

For 2019, Preservation Maryland selected six strategic projects with a variety of needs: from increasing capacity, finding new uses, coalition building, and community outreach. Projects were identified through a public nomination process and require a dedicated local partner.

Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained, “The Six-to-Fix program is a way to organize our work for the coming year and help save important historic places.The program is designed to help communities save places that matter to them – and use the past to create a brighter future.

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New Class of Projects

Jonathan Street in Hagerstown, Maryland.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF JONATHAN STREET
HAGERSTOWN, WASHINGTON COUNTY

Preservation Maryland will work in partnership with members of the historic African American Jonathan Street neighborhood in Hagerstown, Maryland to facilitate a community-driven planning effort that will identify the places and resources that matter to the people who live there.

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Flooding at Shesley Cemetery, Anne Arundel County. Photo from Anne Arundel County.

ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN PROTECTING CEMETERIES
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Anne Arundel County is home to an abundance of historic cemeteries including several burial grounds for enslaved African Americans. Preservation Maryland will work with the County’s Cultural Resources Division, the community, and other partners to conduct workshops, develop story maps, and tackle hard questions and work towards a consensus about how to capture and store data on cemeteries, particularly African American cemeteries.

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The ca. 1910 WB Tower in Brunswick. Photo by Edd Fuller.

Honoring the Railroad History of Brunswick
BRUNSWICK, FREDERICK COUNTY

The B&O Railyard was a major part of the development of the City of Brunswick. The WB Tower, built around 1910, was used to control train traffic and is still currently situated along the tracks. The City plans to move the iconic tower to the heart of Railroad Square, a gathering site near a historic B&O caboose and historic Brunswick Train Station. Preservation Maryland will work with the City to help coordinate the Tower’s relocation and to raise awareness of Brunswick’s railroad history.

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The Greater Baltimore Urban League operates out of the historic Orchard Street Church.

CONTINUING A CHURCH’S COMMUNITY SERVICE
BALTIMORE CITY

The Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) is a civil rights organization located in the historic Orchard Street Church. The 1882 church has a long history of community engagement from hosting abolitionist meetings to its use today as home to the GBUL and the state chapter of the NAACP.  The church is in need of urgent repairs and system upgrades. Preservation Maryland will help the Greater Baltimore Urban League honor the historic structure while developing a long-term plan to upgrade its headquarters for their current important work.

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Harriet Tubman historic marker in Dorchester County. Photo from Dorchester County Tourism.

MAPPING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
STATEWIDE

Sites along the Underground Railroad were often selected because they were out-of-view. This necessity now presents a challenge in making sure the important stories of these places are told and preserved. Preservation Maryland will work with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, the Maryland State Archives, and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, along with other academic and local partners to submit these sites to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom.

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Waterfowl Chesapeake in the 1927 Easton National Guard Armory.

Supporting Chesapeake Conservation and Culture
EASTON, TALBOT COUNTY

Waterfowl Chesapeake, headquartered in the 1927 Easton National Guard Armory, is a non-profit organization that works to protect waterfowl and their habitats in the Coastal Chesapeake region and supports the annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton. Preservation Maryland’s will work with the organization to address preservation issues that are threatening the long-term stability of the building, including repairing and reprogramming the basement to both ensure its stability and make it a space the organization can utilize.

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