Old Line State Summit

Preservation Maryland convenes the preservation community together for workshops, lectures, tours, and town hall meetings throughout the year culminating in Maryland’s historic preservation conference, the Old Line State Summit.

We offer and promote tours, workshops, and webinars throughout the year, including hands-on preservation, like window repair with David Gibney.

Virtual Conference

In light of the ongoing challenges and health safety concerns related to COVID-19, Preservation Maryland will be presenting an ongoing series of webinars rather than an in-person conference. Please see below for links to our 2021 webinars. Information on upcoming webinars will be posted here as they become available. Thanks to our generous sponsors, all Summit webinars will be presented free of charge to attendees across the country.

2021 Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

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

Research in the Time of COVID-19: Case Studies from 400 Years of African American History Fellowship

Tuesday, May 25
3:30 – 5:00 PM

How has COVID-19 impacted research methods? This webinar will explore this question with a group of four anthropologists and historians to provide insight into their research on the Underground Railroad in 19th century Maryland. Speakers will discuss the ways Covid-19 restrictions have changed their research process, and provide an overview of the skills, methods, and research facilities they found most useful for their research. This session speakers are fellows for the 400 Years of African American History Fellowship, funded by the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program at the Maryland State Archives. This fellowship aims to nominate Maryland historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad for the Network to Freedom program run by the National Park Service.



Past Recordings

Photo from the Council for Maryland Archaeology, 2020.

Photo from the Council for Maryland Archaeology, 2020.

Finding Common Ground: Can Archaeologists and Relic Hunters Work Together?

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM

Relic hunting has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic with families looking for socially distanced, outdoor activities. Most of these history-lovers are unaware that sensitive historic sites might be damaged in the process. Meanwhile, archaeologists are alarmed by the damage but rarely reach out to the relic hunting community to find productive alternatives to what they see as “looting”. It’s time to talk about it! Join a panel of archaeologists and avocationalists for a civil conversation about positive ways to discover the marvels of the past. Hosted in cooperation with the Council for Maryland Archaeology. This webinar is part of the Council for Maryland Archeology Webinar series. For more information on the webinar series, visit https://cfma-md.com/.


  • Dr. Matt McKnight, Chief Archaeologist, Maryland Historical Trust
  • Dr. Matt Reeves, Director of Archaeology, Montpelier
  • Claude Bowen, President, Archaeological Society of Maryland
  • Scott Clark, Owner, Kentucky Unearthed



Not Nontraditional: Women in the Building Trades

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
1:00-2:30 PM EST

According to the Department of Labor, construction is a “nontraditional” career field for women because we account for fewer than 25% of the registered workforce. The term “nontraditional”, however, implies that women did not and do not traditionally participate in construction work. This is inaccurate. This misconception erases women’s contribution to historic structures and disservices present-day women working in building trades. This webinar will delve into women’s roles in construction, historically and today.


  • Shelley E. Roff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Lisa Sasser, Principal, Quid Tum Historic Structures Consulting
  • Amy McAuley, Oculus Fine Carpentry



Past Conference Materials

2020 Old Line State Webinars

UGRR Research 201: Researching and Writing for NPS Network to Freedom Program
RECORDED: November 18, 2020, 1PM-2:30PM EST

Because of its clandestine and harrowing nature, verifying Underground Railroad sites is a difficult task. The National Park Service’s Network to Freedom is a national cohort of historic sites, research centers, and tourism programs that have proven their authenticity through scholarly research. The Network to Freedom offers a framework to research African American heritage sites and opens up opportunities for collaboration, grants, and collective interpretation and marketing.

Maryland is a destination for heritage tourism related to the Civil War, slavery, and the Underground Railroad. The 200th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is 2022. The project partners would like to see 100 NTF sites in Maryland by 2022 as a milestone in illuminating this difficult and important history.
This webinar is an effort to support researchers, organizations, historic sites, to critically research their history, including potential Underground Railroad history, and determine if NTF is a good fit. Sites on the NTF can range from historical societies with robust genealogical collections to waterways associated with acts of self-emancipation.

Attendees will learn about: Resources for Underground Railroad, slavery, and African American history research in Maryland; Nominating a site, resource, or heritage tourism program to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom program; Potential grant sources for research or preservation work at African American heritage sites in Maryland, including grant opportunities, only for designated NTF sites; leveraging a Network to Freedom designation for heritage tourism (interpretation and/or marketing) support from the State Department of Tourism Development.


Cemetery Conservation: What’s Being Done Around the State?
OCTOBER 15, 2020, 1PM-2PM EST

Cemeteries are present in every community and are rich sources of history. Some are active, some have caretakers, and some have deteriorated or lost monuments. The challenge of preserving cemeteries goes beyond the work done on individual sites to the need for broader understanding of the scope of cemeteries to aid planning efforts. This session will review the work done by the State Highway Administration and Preservation Maryland to identify and document cemeteries around the state and the work in Anne Arundel County to create a documentation and mapping tool to assist planners in that county.


Retrofitting Post-War Communities: Balancing Preservation & Use
OCTOBER 21, 2020, 2:30PM-3:45PM EST

America’s post-war communities are also now historic communities. What are the challenges in adapting these car-focused communities to a greener future? This session will challenge participants to examine these communities including an examination of the issues that arise when juggling their unique histories and layouts with more modern planning goals.


What Is In A Name: Preservation District or Conservation District? Case Study from Brunswick, Maryland

The City of Brunswick is undertaking an initiative to create protections for its historic community in the form of a Conservation District. This session will walk through what a conservation district is, how it works to protect historic communities, the process Brunswick went through, and the lessons learned.


Preserving Difficult/Authentic History Along the Underground Railroad
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020, 1:00PM-2:30PM

Given the illegal nature of its operations, sites of the Underground Railroad across the United State were often hidden and secret. That necessity now presents a challenge to preservationists dedicated to identifying, preserving, and interpreting these important histories where they happened. Speakers for this session include Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, author and historian, Heather Ersts, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Tourism Development, and Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D., Director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program.


Increasing Participation in the Planning Process
THursday, AUGUST 13, 2020, 1PM-2:30PM EST

The municipal planning process can intimidating and inequitable, but many of the most critical decisions that impact a community are made in the planning process. This free webinar with Q&A hosted by Preservation Maryland on August 13, 2020 explored ways to demystify the planning process with the goal of broader engagement for all citizens by examining how people interact with the process and how the process interacts with them – and what can be improved in the short and long term. Speakers for this session are Stephanie Smith, Assistant Director, Equity, Engagement and Communications, City of Baltimore, Department of Planning, and Allie O’Neill of the Neighborhood Design Center.


Historic Preservation/Self Preservation
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1PM-2PM EST

Speakers for this session are Chanel Compton, Executive Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and Reggie Turner, Western Maryland Community Development Corporation.

Among perceptions of the preservation movement is that the field is only interested in a narrow conception of history. This idea is rooted in a solid historical bias, but over the past several years, there have been lots of progress in ensuring that not only are more diverse stories are told, but that places of significance to communities historically left out of the preservation discussion are getting the funds needed to ensure their survival. This session will discuss the work of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture to address the needs of historic sites significant to Maryland’s African American communities and Commissioner Reggie Turner will discuss his work, in partnership with Preservation Maryland, to revitalize Hagerstown’s historic Johnathan Street neighborhood.


The Next Frontier of Preservation: The Moon
Monday, July 20, 2020, 1PM-2PM EST

Speakers for this free webinar are Michelle Hanlon, Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, and Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator of the Apollo program at the National Air and Space Museum.

Preservation on Earth is made up of a variety of laws and regulations that vary based on country, state, or municipality. How do we approach a preservation project that is a couple hundred thousand miles away from the regulations found on Earth? As with all preservation projects, the work of preserving the lunar landing sites presents questions that preservationists routinely grapple with including how to balance preservation and growth in a sustainable way. On the moon, protection of the sites and the lunar surface at large is faced with challenges of competing interests from continued exploration and commercial enterprises. The question of preservation on the moon invites preservationists to ask questions about how we would want to craft regulations if there were no existing statutes and even why we choose what to preserve.


Old Line State Summit 2019



Old Line State Summit 2018

The 2018 Old Line State Summit was held at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in partnership with the University of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions. All 2018 Old Line State Summit conference sessions are now available on demand on our YouTube playlist or by clicking the session title below! These videos are the perfect resource to check out a session that you missed, or to jot down a specific name or fact, or to share a compelling session with your colleagues. Please use and share this resource.

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Old Line State Summit 2017

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.


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