In the world of historic preservation, the practice of asset mapping makes a regular appearance. Asset mapping is a process through which information and input is gathered regarding a location’s current and potential assets – be it people, neighborhood features, structures, organizations, or even customs – to examine how they may be harnessed for the benefit of those building their lives there.
When most people think of preservation, the tangible comes to mind: saving a storied 19th-century structure or a physical space that radiates historic charm. Here at Preservation Maryland our work is as much about the intangible as we work to protect all of Maryland’s rich heritage – meaning physical pieces of our history, like buildings, as well as those parts of history you can’t touch, like historical knowledge or personal experiences. Preservation is a tool for a more equitable future and, although not overt, preserving the intangible aspects of communities is dependent on updating infrastructure that allows those spaces to remain vibrant and livable.
Preservation Maryland today announced it has received $150,000 in funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program for work on the historic structure known to the community as “Snoots House,” located in the Historic District of Brunswick, Maryland.