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As I sift through emails, tweets and Facebook posts each day it is hard to ignore. The War of 1812 Bicentennial is fast approaching. This summer is an exciting one for anyone with an interest in history or preservation. There seems to be events happening in every corner of Maryland and indeed that is just the tip of the iceberg with events being held in many states and Canada.
This weekend kicks off the start of the signature War of 1812 events. New York’s Fleet Week will celebrate the Bicentennial with a huge collection of Navy, Coast Guard, Coalition, and Tall ships descending on the Big Apple. From there the tour goes to Norfolk, Virginia and then it will be Maryland’s turn!
I’ve had June 13-19 circled in my calendar for awhile now and I hope you will be able to visit Baltimore and be a part of the celebrations. The Star-Spangled Sailabration is a week of events that should spark the interest of even those who have only a vague idea of what happened during the War of 1812. The ships will be open for tours, there will also be concerts, air shows and other programs.
While this is the biggest event in Maryland this year relating to the War of 1812, it is by no means the only one. Check out the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission’s website to find a bevy of events and sites that will educate and entertain. Baltimore also has a website set up with sites, events, and more information.
Looking for something to do right away? The Baltimore National Heritage Area will be holding a History Happy Hour on Friday, May 25 and tomorrow, May 30, Maryland Public Television will be holding a sneak peak of their documentaryThe War of 1812 on the Chesapeake: Home of the Brave.
Hope to see you on the ships in June!
Next weekend is the Restoration & Renovation Fair and every time I look over our program and exhibit hall, I get so excited about the wealth of experience and talent that will be at the Fair. The Fair is designed so you can come for an hour or stay all day and leave with new information. I really hope that all of you will be able to join us. Below are just some of the ways you can benefit from the Fair. The complete list of talks and exhibitors can be found on our website.
Working on a specific area of your house? The talks on Saturday cover issues from plaster vs. drywall, waterproofing, windows, mortar and masonry, and paint issues. You can also hear about how to research the story of your home’s past and how you can help finance your projects.
Looking to find a contractor or know how to look for one? Find specialists in a variety of areas like alterego, Stop Leaks, Sykes Restorations, Expert House Movers of Maryland, and the Christman Company and you can join the talk on selecting the right contractor at 9:30 am.
Looking for programs working with older and historic homes? Many of our exhibitors likeBaltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), Baltimore Housing Vacants to Value Program, Maryland Historical Trust, Retrofit Baltimore/Civic Works, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development can tell you about the work they do every day to help keep the character of the state alive and vibrant with their programs and services.
The spring so far has been busy for me with a couple of fun projects. The first is the release of the 2012 Endangered Maryland list and the upcoming Restoration & Renovation Fair. Part of what makes these projects fun is how they help shine a light on the amazing work done by Maryland’s preservation and history organizations.
The sites featured on the Endangered Maryland list are impressive, but just as impressive are the groups working to protect them. Each year this program introduces us to new organizations that take on the daunting task of fighting for buildings that have faced years of neglect. This Colleagues Corner feature is designed to shine a spotlight on issues that would be of particular interest to our organizational partners, so for all the organizations reading this please accept this digital round of applause. While the article may focus on the buildings, the passion and dedication of the organizations, often volunteer driven, who work with the sites shines through. I’m always proud to trumpet the overall success of the sites featured on Endangered Maryland and I know that those successes would not exist without the many local preservation organizations who nominate sites. So well done and keep up the good work!
Next week the National Main Streets Conference starts here in Baltimore. Preservation Maryland will be a part of the program and if you are attending, please stop by and say hi. Just a couple weeks after this event is our first Restoration & Renovation Fair. We are very excited about this new event and hope you will join us. Registration is now open and the info flyer is online.
It’s a bit of a different kind of year for professional training at Preservation Maryland. As we said when we announced the Fair, this is an exceptionally rich year for educational opportunities in the area. We have continually-updated list of some of these offerings on our website under Trainings and Events. There is something being offered for every area of focus, so I hope you will take advantage of a program or two. If you know of a training not on the list, please get in touch and I will include it.
I hope your spring has been as full of excitement (of the good kind) as mine has been!
While winter seemed to go by in a flash, spring is coming up on us rapidly. We are in the thick of the Maryland General Assembly session and work is in full swing for our upcoming spring activities.
The biggest of these activities for me is the Restoration & Renovation Fair. This event will take place at the Maryland Historical Society on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this change in our usual programming is due to a unique convergence of many educational opportunities on the Mid-Atlantic this year. So far the Fair has been getting a wonderful response and the planning committee and I are working hard to make the program diverse and high quality. Look for more information here, on our website, and through our social media feeds in the coming weeks for more information on the program and how to register. Also coming online soon will be a guide to all the many professional development opportunities being presented this year. The Maryland Historical Trust, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be presenting programs for a variety of audiences.
The other thing that is just around the corner is the release of our 2012 Endangered Maryland list. Our partners at Maryland Life magazine will be issuing their March/April within a month and we are very excited to share the list with all of you. The release of the Endangered Maryland list is one of my favorite things I do all year and this year’s list has some wonderful places that can use your support.
Finally, I have been working with our partners in Howard County to create an “Endangered” tour for the National Main Streets Conference coming to Baltimore April 1-4. Registration is now open for the conference and the early bird rate ends March 18. If you come to the conference, be sure to drop by the exhibit hall and say hello!
Of course it’s never too early to look forward to summer. I’ll spend my summer finding ways to create new partnerships and exploring how people can better interact with our organization and mission. Have any sites you love or ideas for programs? Add a comment below or drop me line at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s an exciting time here at Preservation Maryland and I hope you will join us!
The holiday season is officially here. The end of the year can evoke reflection on the past year’s accomplishment and it can prompt careful consideration of what is coming in the New Year. One thing that comes to my mind is that the General Assembly Session will soon be upon us. While it may sound like a broken record at this point to say it, it will be a very tough session and funding that is critical to the work we all do is at risk.
Our goal here at Preservation Maryland is to give you the tools and information you need to help the advocacy effort. We started our efforts to ensure preservation funding makes it into the Governor’s budget and released an advocacy alert and also shared the information here on this blog. If you have not done so already, please contact Governor O’Malley’s Office and copy Secretary of Budget and Management, T. Eloise Foster. Remember, the legislature cannot add money to the budget so getting funding in the Governor’s budget is very important.
Also you can take this time to familiarize yourself with the Legislative and Budget process by visiting the Maryland General Assembly Homepage.
Below are some handy guides to help you sort through this process.
- Guide to “Legislative Lingo”
- Who are my Elected Officials?
- General Assembly Organizational Structure
- Dates of Interest for the 2012 Session
- Guide to the Legislative Process
I will be working with our website and adding things to it to make it a resource for you during the Session. As in past year’s we will have links to Advocacy Alerts and lobbying tips, but I am curious if there are other types of resources you are interested in seeing. Please send any ideas along to me at email@example.com.
I look forward to working with you all in 2012!
While the weather has gotten cooler and, at least as I write this, wet and dreary again, there is warmth and cheer to be found in hearing about chances to fund and promote your preservation projects and honor the excellence around you.
Funding: The last Maryland Historical Trust Grants Workshop will be held in Easton on September 28 . If you have not attended one yet, it’s a great chance to hear about lots of funding sources in one place. Click here for more information and to register for the workshop.
Preservation Maryland’s grant program, the Heritage Fund, is approaching the October 1st deadline for its fall cycle. Heritage Fund Grants award up to $5,000 and there are three funding cycles annually. Visit our website for more information or contact Marilyn Benadaret at 410-685-2886 ext. 303.
The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is seeking grant applications. Grants are available for capital and non-capital projects related to the War of 1812 bicentennial observance. Nonprofit organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies may apply for matching grants in amounts of up to $250,000. The application period closes November 1st with awards announced in February of 2012. Applications and guidelines are available at Star-Spangled 200, Inc.
If you’re in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, they have announced the guidelines and criteria for the FY2012 Mini-grant program. Mini-grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for projects within the heritage area that incorporate regional historic, cultural, and natural resources, collaborative partnerships, and the heritage area’s regional interpretive themes. Visit the Four Rivers Heritage Area website to download the grant criteria and application form. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 7, 2011.
Promote: It’s the final chance this year to help boost the profile of a site near and dear to you through the Endangered Maryland program. The goal of Endangered Maryland is to raise awareness of some of the state’s most threatened historic and cultural sites. The nomination form is available on our website and contains information about selection criteria and what is needed to apply. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 28, 2011. The nomination process is designed to be simple and straight-forward. The form asks 10 questions to get more information about the site, the threats facing it, and what the future may hold. If you have any questions about the form or any other aspect of the Endangered Maryland program, please contact me at 410-685-2886 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor: The Maryland Historical Trust is seeking nominations for their Annual Maryland Preservation Awards. The awards will be held on January 31, 2012 in Annapolis and the nomination deadline is October 14, 2011. Click here to download the 2012 nomination brochure and form
The end of August in Maryland packed in both an earthquake and a hurricane. Our Colleagues members are a diverse group that range from organizations which care for a single site to local governments that care for all in their area. All our Colleagues were given the unenviable, and thankfully rare, task of needing to asses damage from one disaster while preparing for the next.
Before the storm hit, I sent out some links to resources, and now in the aftermath I have some updates. The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is still seeking damage reports from the earthquake. They are also now looking for reports on damage from Irene to historic buildings and archeological sites. This information is very valuable to MHT as it works on responding to these events. If you experienced damage from either Irene or the earthquake, please take a moment to fill out the form. MHT also set up a special page of its website with lots of links to hurricane and disaster resources.
As I stated in the pre-hurricane post, the National Trust also includes lots of preservation-related disaster information on its website. They have section on general disaster recovery and preparedness, a resource guide for hurricanes, tornadoes and wind and a guide to disaster preparation for homeowners. Lastly, they have advice on preparation for organizations and Main Streets and a guide for response from these groups.
This double-hit of natural disaster may also spur you to think about the future. If you do not have a disaster plan for your organization, the Maryland dPlan websitecan help you create one for free. The National Trust has outlined the case for preparation on their website.
I hope you and your site weathered these back-to-back hits from Mother Nature well. Stay safe and all the best wishes from everyone here at Preservation Maryland as you work to clean-up and prepare for future disasters.