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.
As we continue to profile Maryland women who have made an everlasting impact on our state, we’re featuring Shauntee Daniels, current Executive Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. The Baltimore National Heritage Area is one of 13 certified heritage areas in Maryland and one of 55 Congressionally designated national heritage areas across the country.