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.

Summit Schedule & Session Previews

Preservation Maryland will convene Maryland’s statewide historic preservation conference, the Old Line State Summit, in Frederick on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. 

This full-day event is for anyone who is committed to protecting the places that make Maryland special and those who want to know more about how to use new tools, grow effective collaborations, and hone their preservation skills. Attendees and speakers for this one-day conference vary from planners, architects, Main Street professionals, museum volunteers and staff, students, businesses, and more. Topics will include placemaking, smart growth advocacy, augmented and virtual reality technologies at historic sites, real estate development, architectural documentation and cemetery documentation, highlighting Latinx history, climate change, and a tour of Frederick’s architecture.

Old Line State Summit
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Frederick, MD


Keynote speaker

As the Summit’s keynote speaker, Jim Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss the ways the goals of preservation are interconnected with those of advocates for issues like the environment, community health, and equitable development. Collaboration and partnership are a key part of any successful preservation effort and in this, the first Old Line State Summit since the launch of Smart Growth Maryland, the plenary talk will explore the importance of this broad coalition to build systems that encourage building reuse. Research across these various fields demonstrates the need to build new rules and unwind entrenched thinking on building communities. The aim to create places that are greener, healthier, and more equitable applies to urban and rural communities alike.

Conference schedule

8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast Delaplaine Arts Center

9:40 AM Welcome Delaplaine Arts Center

10:20 AM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

11:30AM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

12:40PM Lunch Delaplaine Arts Center

1:50PM Keynote Speaker: “Making Preservation the New Normal: Building Systems for Reuse,”by Jim Lindberg of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Delaplaine Arts Center

3:20PM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

4:30PM Complimentary Tasting and Distillery Tours McClintock Distilling


Camilla Azucena-Sandoval, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Lindsey Baker, Patapsco Heritage Greenway; Heather Barrett, Maryland Historical Trust; Donald Briggs, Mayor of Emmitsburg; Matt Briney, George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Ronit Eisenbach, University of Maryland; Walter Gallas, Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation; Caroline Herritt, Preservation Maryland; Emily Huebner, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area; Michael Joy, Joy Development; Peter Kurtze, Maryland Historical Trust; Jim Lindberg, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Tom McGilloway, Mahan Rykiel Associates; Evan H. Morville, Seawall Development Company; Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy, City of Frederick Planning Department; Kara Norman, Downtown Frederick Partnership; Michelle Ramirez, Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Ken Robinson, former Charles County Commissioner; Gabrielle Roffe, Chesapeake Conservancy; Dorothy Stoltz, Carroll County Public Library; Nell Ziehl, Maryland Historical Trust


The Summit will be held at multiple locations in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The Delaplaine Arts Center will be Summit headquarters with select sessions held at McClintock Distilling, the Steiner House, and other historic locations in Frederick. Attendees should plan to arrive and register at the Delaplaine Arts Center to start the day. If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact Jessica Feldt at 410-685-2886, x302 ASAP.


Student: $35
Preservation Maryland Member: $60
Rural County Resident: $60
Non-Member Rate: $75
Registration plus Preservation Maryland membership: $105

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Partners and Sponsors






Registration Details


Registration to the Old Line State Summit includes access to all of the day’s sessions including off-site workshop sessions. All attendees will receive a Preservation Maryland canvas tote bag with information about the organization, speakers, and sponsors. Registration includes a light breakfast with coffee, pastries, and fruit; lunch with a selection of vegan and vegetarian options; a complimentary happy hour with offerings from McClintock Distilling and other local treats. All attendees will receive communications from Preservation Maryland when select recorded sessions are available online for free on-demand access.

Students: $35
Preservation Maryland Member: $60
Rural County Resident: $60
Non-Member Rate: $75
Registration plus Preservation Maryland membership: $105

Register Now


If you are a member of Preservation Maryland, you may register at the reduced member rate. Additionally, if you are a resident of any of Maryland’s eighteen rural counties, the Rural Maryland Council welcomes you to register at the member rate for the Old Line State Summit. The following counties constitute rural Maryland: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett,  Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester.


The Old Line State Summit will take place in multiple locations in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Attendees should plan to start their day at the Delaplaine Arts Center. Preservation Maryland staff and volunteers will help attendees with directions and any accessibility concerns.

The Delaplaine Arts Center
40 S Carroll Street
Frederick, MD 21701

McClintock Distilling
35 S Carroll Street
Frederick, MD 21701

The Steiner House
368 W Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701


The Courtyard by Marriott Frederick is offering a special rate to attendees for Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Use this link and/or identify yourself as an attendee of the Old Line State Summit with Preservation Maryland and receive a King room for $114/night. Make your reservations now because this offer ends Wednesday, July 3, 2019.



There is ample parking in downtown Frederick. The closest garage is the East All Saints Garage, located at 125 E All Saints Street, Frederick, MD 2170. The garage is located directly across the street from the Delaplaine Arts Center. The cost is $1/hour with a 24-hour maximum rate of $12. Please see Park Frederick for more information on parking options. Transportation and parking costs are the personal responsibility of the attendee.


Explore all the options of things to do in Downtown Frederick and Frederick County.


Promote your company to historic preservation professionals from across Maryland at this year’s full-day Old Line State Summit. Each summer, Preservation Maryland gathers the leaders of the companies, agencies, and organizations that are at the hear of the historic preservation movement in Maryland for professional development training. Thanks to the ongoing support of the Middendorf Foundation, the Summit have become the premier education event where leading national experts training Maryland’s community development professional in the skills they need to revitalize history. Sponsorship gives banks, architects, contractors, product manufacturers, public agencies, insurance brokers and others the opportunity to showcase their products and services to decision makers.


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Past Conference Materials

Recordings Available: 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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Maryland’s statewide historic preservation conference took place on Friday, June 15, 2018 and Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Architecture Building at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD. For the first time, the Preservation Maryland Old Line State Summit will precede the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions Annual Symposium and offer an unparalleled professional training opportunity for the preservation community of the Mid-Atlantic.


Friday, June 15, 2018, 8:30AM-5PM

Attendees and speakers vary from planners, architects, Main Street professionals, museum volunteers and staff, students, businesses, and more. This event is for anyone who is committed to protecting the places that make Maryland special and those who want to know more about how the historic landscape plays a role in making our communities hip, healthy, and historic. This year Maryland’s annual preservation conference will take a look at issues touching on the role of preservation in building healthy communities, new technologies, and other topics including:


MAHDC Symposium
“When Money is tight, but the roof isn’t…”
saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:30AM-4PM

The 2018 MAHDC Annual Symposium will address the topic of historic communities and affordability. The full-day symposium will tackle the challenges and opportunities for making preservation more affordable. Historic preservation commissioners, local government planning staff, architects, historic property owners, and preservationists will participate in interactive sessions with leading practitioners in the field to consider why making preservation more affordable so critical to our preservation goals.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Charles Duff of Jubilee Baltimore. Charlie Duff will speak about using the tools of historic preservation to find affordable solutions for communities and neighborhoods. Sessions in the afternoon will be led by Lauren McHale of the L’Enfant Trust based in Washington, DC. Lauren will speak about the issues of keeping communities affordable and how using easements and trusts can help. Additionally, a session on financing programs for historic preservation in historic communities will be presented by Maryland state programs.

Finally, the program will include breakout sessions where participants will discuss the issues of affordability facing their communities. These breakout sessions will be wrapped up with an affordability forum at the end of the day where participants will discuss how we can bring the issue of affordability in our communities to the forefront of our work in historic preservation.

  • 8:30am-9:30am – Registration & Breakfast in the Great Space
  • 9:00am-3:30pm – Vendors in Vendor Hall
  • 9:00am-9:15am – Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am-10:15am – Keynote with Charles Duff
  • 10:15am-10:30am – Break
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Financing Programs in Historic Communities
  • 11:30am-12:15pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 12:15pm-1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – Community Affordability with Lauren McHale
  • 2:30pm-2:45pm – Break
  • 2:45pm-3:45pm – Affordability Forum Panel Discussion
  • 3:45pm-4:00pm – Closing Remarks


Marisa Allen, Quinn Evans Architects; Nathan Avant, Rainbow History Project; Kimberly Golden Brandt, 1000 Friends of Maryland; Becky Curtis, C&O Canal Trust; Kelly Dudeck, Grow & Fortify; Charlie Duff, Jubilee Baltimore; Siobhan Hagan, DC Public Library and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive; Michele Hartley, National Park Service; Daniel FC Hayes, University of Maryland; Gerrit Knaap, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education; Tom Liebel, Moseley Architects; Sakinah Linder, Pennrose, LLC; Lauren McHale, L’Enfant Trust; Aaron Marcavitch, Maryland Milestones State Heritage Area; Dr. Debarati Majumdar Narayan, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Dana Paterra, Maryland State Department of Natural Resources;  Jason Speck, University of Maryland Archives; Anne Turkos, University of Maryland Archives; Dr. Jeremy Wells, University of Maryland; Katie Parks White, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Thank you to our sponsors








We made it to the Summit! 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 below:



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