There are only 18 historic sites recognized for LGBTQ history out of a collection of 1.4 million contributing resources, buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects, on the National Register of Historic Places.
Preservation Maryland will lead a collaborative of academic, municipal, and community stakeholders in a statewide strategy to document and include the important and lasting contributions of Maryland’s LGBTQ community and the places associated with their lives with new and updated nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
With a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust through the Certified Local Government Program of the National Park Service, Preservation Maryland has selected Dr. Susan Ferentinos to begin work on the state’s first National Register nominations for properties significant for their LGBTQ heritage. In Baltimore City, the properties that are planned to be nominated to the National Register include the site of early 1920-30s social events and drag performances in West Baltimore, a long-running bar, and a health clinic important in the era of the AIDS epidemic that is still serving Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. In Montgomery County, the residences of two influential and out Marylanders will be documented and submitted to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.
Preservation Maryland is seeking proposals for the preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations and amendments for sites related to LGBTQ history in Montgomery County and Baltimore City. This project is supported with a grant from a Certified Local Government grant from the National Park Service through the Maryland Historical Trust.
Benjamin Egerman, a Waxter Intern at Preservation Maryland has researched and added nearly 300 locations of LGBTQ historic significance to a public map on HistoryPin. This project represented one of the largest contributions to the LGBTQ+ American map made by any state.
Resource Guide: Looking for LGBTQ+ History on Your Campus
A Place to Start: A Toolkit for Documenting LGBTQ Heritage in Baltimore City (And Beyond)
University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Maryland Historical Society LGBTQ Collection Acquisition Information
Maryland Historical Society
LGBTQ America HistoryPin Map
National Park Service
LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
National Park Service
LGBTQ Heritage Initiative
Documenting Maryland’s LGBTQ History
Maryland Humanities Podcast
Frederick unearths more of its LGBTQ history as part of statewide preservation project
Places With Pride
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