We are closing in on the last few weeks of an extremely busy 90-day legislative session, and Preservation Maryland is staying engaged in Annapolis, with the organization championing several key bills and testifying on many other important pieces of legislation.
While Marylanders are well known for their pride in their state flag, they are also known for their love of crabs — and the Old Bay that they sprinkle on them. Crabs are a staple in Maryland. Boiled, steamed, broiled, sautéed. Crab soup, crab cakes, crab dip. There are many ways to cook crabs and incorporate their meat into dishes. The possibilities for enjoying them are endless. Why are Marylanders so obsessed with crabs? What is the history of crabbing in Maryland? Well, people in Maryland have been crabbing for centuries.
President & CEO Nicholas Redding testified this week, in front of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee, in support of legislation, SB228, to make improvements to the Maryland Corps program, including the creation of a state Historic Trades Corps.
Preservation Maryland powers The Campaign for Historic Trades, creating hands-on opportunities for individuals looking to explore, build, or expand historic trades careers through a partnership with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center, and the organization therefore enthusiastically supports the creation of a state initiative modeled after the successful federal program.
“What should the State of Maryland do with large vacant historic complexes?” In 2019 Preservation Maryland’s advocacy team, elected officials, and other stakeholders sought to answer just that. A committee was formed and the project team chose three undeveloped historic complexes as case studies, including Warfield (Springfield State Hospital Women’s Facility) in Carroll County. The study included barriers to advance large complex preservation projects and recommendations to begin to overcome them. Now, Gov. Hogan and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced Warfield as the first recipient of the State of Maryland’s Catalytic Revitalization Tax Credit, a program created as a direct result of the study’s findings.