2020 may be remembered as a painful and challenging year – but it also may be remembered as a year when Americans acknowledged that history still desperately matters. And even during this difficult past year, we’ve invested heavily in our work and refused to accept the mounting challenges as a reason to retreat or hold our position. Organizations like Preservation Maryland aren’t just preserving the past – we’re investing in our future. Join this Facebook Live discussion with Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding with Director of Advocacy Elly Cowan and Director of Communications Meagan Baco. Questions welcome.
Hosted by Preservation Maryland, Smart Growth Maryland
Preservation Maryland will convene a meeting of Maryland’s preservation planners this December to continue an annual dialogue around challenges and opportunities to shape Maryland’s historic built environment. Maryland is home to many different types of communities and landscapes—we’re called American in Miniature for a reason.
A collective of Maryland organizations and agencies have undertaken and completed a groundbreaking research document, the Maryland LGBTQ Historic Context Study – and is only the second state in the nation to do so. The report released in September 2020, illuminates Maryland LGBTQ history in rural, suburban, and urban locations, including sites associated with non-binary historical figures, leading “out” elected officials, strong community groups and popular gay bars, advocacy for AIDS treatment and marriage equality, and many other important sites. As hoped, the report has also already spurred local efforts to research and preserve specific properties – including two homes in Montgomery County associated with prominent LGBTQ Marylanders.