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, the 2020 Old Line State Summit will transition to the Online State Summit, a series of programming that will run throughout the Summer and Fall of 2020. Thanks to our generous sponsors, all Summit webinars will be presented free of charge to attendees across the country.

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Baltimore Department of Planning and Vacants to Value tabling at a public event.

Increasing Participation in the Planning Process

THursday, AUGUST 13, 2020
1PM-2:30PM EST

The planning process can be dense and intimidating for the average person, but many of the most important decisions that impact a community are made in the planning process. This session will explore ways to demystify the planning process with the goal of broader engagement for all citizens. Speakers for this session are Stephanie Smith, Assistant Director, Equity, Engagement and Communications in the Baltimore City Department of Planning and a member of the Maryland Bar, and Allie O’Neill, Program Manager of Neighborhood Design Center’s Prince George’s County office.

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Harriet Tubman mural in Dorchester County, 2019.

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.

The Network to Freedom (NTF) program of the National Park Service promotes innovative scholarship, interpretation, and partnerships for sharing the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad. The Network consists of rigorously researched and documented sites with connections to the Underground Railroad, and programs and facilities with research, educational or interpretive resources related to the Underground Railroad in addition to some financial support. For many places that may be associated with the Underground Railroad, documentation and interpretation can be difficult, particularly when uncovering the complex and difficult stories of the enslaved.

Speakers for the session include Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land, an award-winning biography of Harriet Tubman and who has written more than twenty successful Network to Freedom site nominations. Kate will help illuminate research resources and impart how sites can separate lore from fact from fiction. Heather Ersts of the Maryland Department of Tourism, who is working to strengthen the interpretation offerings at historic destinations that tell the authentic story of African American life, will highlight existing sites in the Network to Freedom that exemplify high-quality and authentic heritage tourism experiences, including new digital experiences. Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D., director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program will also join the webinar to give a broader context to researching and interpreting African American history. Dr. Doster has close to 15 years of experience in the field of Public History. He has worked for the National Archives, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Alexandria Black History Museum. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in African American Studies, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, University College.

The goal of this session is to provide an overview of research resources and pitfalls related to uncovering difficult history, especially related to the Underground Railroad. With accurate research and accurate interpretation, Maryland will continue to solidify itself as a destination for history seekers and heritage travelers. Moreover, those persons enslaved in Maryland and those abolitionists along the Underground Railroad deserve a full and true account of their harrowing – and heroic experiences.



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

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

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.



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Retrofitting America’s Suburbs

America’s post-war communities are also now historic communities. What are the challenges in adapting these car-focused communities to a more transit-focused future? This session will look at residential and commercial spaces, their history, and their future.

Cemetery Documentation Goes Digital

Cemeteries are present in every community and are rich sources of history. Some are active, some have caretakers, and some are have lost their headstones. The challenge of preserving cemeteries goes beyond the work done on individual sites to the need for broader understanding 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.

Training a New Generation of Tradespeople

Training in the preservation trades is key to passing on vital preservation knowledge for the future. It also increases the workforce and supports the revitalization of communities through the reuse of its historic buildings. This session will explore the world of preservation trades programs and how they are helping grow the next generation of preservationists.

Past Session Recordings Now Available

Morgan State students working on Memorial Chapel, 2019.

Historic Preservation/Self Preservation

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Free Webinar

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.


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin carries in his right hand the mirror array designed by UMD physicists. Photo from NASA.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin carries in his right hand the mirror array designed by UMD physicists. Photo from NASA.

The Next Frontier of Preservation: The Moon

Monday, July 20, 2020
Free Webinar

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.


All Summit Sessions are Free Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors


Past Conference Materials

Old Line State Summit 2019

We’ve Reached the Summit: Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, partners, and attendees who helped make this year’s Old Line State Summit the biggest and best yet! Select presentations and session recordings are now available on our website and our YouTube channel! If you missed us this year, please remember to register early next year.WATCH SESSION RECORDINGSEVENT PHOTOS

2019 Conference schedule

8:30AM Registration & Breakfast Delaplaine Arts Center

9:40AM Welcome Delaplaine Arts Center

10:20AM-11:20AM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

11:30AM-12:30PM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

12:40PM-1:40PM Lunch Delaplaine Arts Center

1:50PM-3:10PM 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-4:20PM Concurrent Sessions Delaplaine Arts Center & McClintock Distilling

4:30PM-5:30PM Complimentary Tasting and Distillery Tours McClintock Distilling

Keynote speaker

As the Summit’s keynote speaker, Jim Lindberg, Senior Policy Director 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.


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; Marcia Miller, Mayland Historical Trust; 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; Kirsti Uunila, Calvert County Planning and Zoning; 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.

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.

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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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

Old Line State Summit 2017

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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