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Preservation Summer School: Messaging Historic Preservation to a Broader Audience

Ever wonder why it’s hard to attract new supporters to your mission? Could it be the language you use and the way you tell your story?  If you struggle with these questions, join your preservation colleagues on Wednesday, July 24, at St. John’s College in Annapolis for a one-day workshop where we will look at new ways to message, market, and summercommunicate about historic preservation.  You will learn from nationally recognized preservation professionals how they are attracting new supporters to the preservation movement and network and reconnect with your colleagues from around the state.

Terry Richey, Chief Marketing Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will get the day started with a talk entitled “We Need to Change Our Tune if We Want People to Sing Along.”  Next Shannon Haltiwanger, Preservation Communications Manager at History Colorado, will share tactics her organization uses to appeal to the varied interests of people across Colorado.  In the afternoon, we will focus on finding ways to connect with Marylanders about historic preservation by learning from Nell Ziehl and Tim Leahy what recent Maryland Historical Trust research for a statewide preservation plan has revealed.  The program concludes with presentations by four local organizations that have already put the day’s lessons into practice.

Preservation Maryland’s Preservation Summer School is the best way to network with colleagues and learn innovative techniques for expanding our constituencies.  For more information and to register, click here.  Contact Margaret De Arcangelis at 410-685-2886 with questions about registration and the day’s events.

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Discover Historic African American Sites During Black History Month

February is Black History Month. This annual commemoration of African American achievements was started in 1926 as “Negro History Week” by Dr. Carter Woodson.  He chose February as the month of celebration as it was the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Since February has been set aside to honor the accomplishments of African Americans, I’d like to suggest a few related sites around Maryland you may consider visiting.

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in downtown Baltimore is an educational and national heritage site that highlights African American maritime history and the establishment of the African American Community in Baltimore during the 1800’s. The museum chronicles the saga of Frederick Douglass’ life in Baltimore as an enslaved child and young man. You will also examine the life of Isaac Myers, a free born African American who became a national leader.  The complex incorporates the oldest industrial warehouse on the waterfront.

The Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center is located in Salisbury Maryland.  It is housed in the 1838, John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest standing African American church on the Delmarva. The building is now a cultural and special events center and small museum honoring the history of African Americans of the Eastern Shore region. Call to schedule an appointment.

Alex Haley monument in Annapolis

Alex Haley monument in Annapolis

In Annapolis, there are two memorials commemorating African Americans. The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial at the Annapolis City Dock features a life-size bronze statue of Alex Haley, author of Roots, located next to a plaque honoring his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an enslaved African brought to Annapolis in 1767. The statue was designed by nationally acclaimed African-American sculptor Ed Dwight. The Thurgood Marshall Memorial on Lawyer’s Mall at the Maryland State House honors Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. His most famous case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka 1954, ended racial segregation in American public schools.In Southern Maryland, the restored slave cabin at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood is one of few extant dwellings of enslaved African Americans in the state. Built between 1830 and 1850 it is the only surviving slave cabin at Sotterley, the sole Tidewater Plantation in Maryland that is open to the public.

The Warren Historic Site in Poolesville interprets an African American community hub with all the essential structures traditional to such communities established around the United States at the end of the Civil War. The one room school (1886), the Warren UM Church (rebuilt 1903) and the Love and Charity Lodge Hall (1914) are located in Montgomery County.

Most Maryland counties have guidebooks of African American sites in their areas. Check the websites of Visitor Centers and historical societies also.  Enjoy your journey into the rich history of African Americans in Maryland.

Marilyn Benaderet/Preservation Services Director


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Maryland Historic Preservation Commission Training Workshops

I recently completed historic preservation commission workshops presented by the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC).  The training is targeted toward historic preservation commissioners, staff, code officers, elected officials, and attorneys. The pilot program is located on the Eastern Shore with plans to replicate the training around the state. 

The training initiative is comprised of an online tutorial (and companion manual) and two on-site workshops. The online tutorial introduces and reviews core concepts and principles of historic preservation and roles and responsibilities of the commission.  The accompanying manual includes the following topics and more: legal fundamentals and special legal issues; designation, protection and treatment of historic properties; and project review. Two on-site workshops focus on design review and legal issues.  The workshops are an opportunity for commissioners and staff to share best practices and define and discuss objective procedures resulting in defensible decision making that is fair and uniform across the board.

There are still opportunities to complete this training.  The on-line component and manual are available on MAHDC’s website –  The schedule for the remaining on-site workshops is also available there.  I strongly encourage all historic preservation commissioners, staff and anyone interested in how commissions work to sign up for an upcoming session.



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First Restoration & Renovation Fair a Huge Success!

Attendees enjoy a presentation at the Restoration & Renovation Fair

On Saturday an estimated 250 people gathered at the Maryland Historical Society’s Greyhound Terminal Building for the first Restoration & Renovation Fair. All of us at Preservation Maryland were delighted by the huge response to this new event. The feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive with attendees, speakers, and exhibitors all enjoying their time together.

The day was spent visiting the 25 exhibitors who joined us, listening to 12 talks on a variety of home-related topics, and talking to the other attendees. Topics covered included paint, windows, tax credits, energy efficiency, plaster, masonry, and waterproofing. It seemed there was something for everyone with new attendees coming in before each talk.

Our exhibitors had something for every homeowner's needs.

We will be sending out a survey to attendees soon to get a more complete picture of the visitor experience, but feel free to let us know your thoughts. If you attended, let us know if you had a good time and what talks you liked or didn’t like. What topics would you like to see covered? And, the biggest question of all, should we hold this event again?

Thanks to everyone who attended, our speakers, and exhibitors. A special thanks to our sponsors, the Maryland Historical Trust, Abell Foundation, Christman Company, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Penza + Bailey Architects, and Second Chance, Inc. Thanks also to Souper Freak for joining us and serving up warm and delicious food to our attendees.

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Have you seen who will be at the Restoration & Renovation Fair next weekend?

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 windows? Visit AGW Old Style Window Glass, Burch Company, Mozer Works, Inc, or Pella Windows  in the exhibit hall and attend the talk on historic windows starting at 10:30 am.

Help for any project can be found at the Fair.

Want to hire an architect? Brennan+Company Architects, Kevin McKenna Architects, Penza Bailey Architects, and Robert R Gisriel Design Corps are all going to be in the hall

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.

Need a special piece to complete your home project?Loading Dock, G. Krug and Son, or Second Chance may have exactly what you are looking for.

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.

Advice for every older or historic home!

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.

I really hope to see you on April 28! The cost is just $10.  Download the registration flyer or register online. If you have any questions give me a call or send me an email.

Jessica Feldt

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Exciting Line Up for the April 28 Restoration & Renovation Fair

It is hard to believe for me, but the Restoration & Renovation Fair is just around the corner. I could not be more excited to share with you the line-up for the day including topics, speakers, and exhibitors. The Restoration & Renovation Fair page of our website has been updated with all that information. I think we have a strong program and a great selection of exhibitors. A little something for everyone!

Buzz is building and we are very grateful to our many partners in Baltimore and around the state for spreading the word about this event. If you know of anyone who may be interested share our info with them. Any homeowner would benefit from the Fair, even if they don’t think of themselves as preservationists. We hope they leave the Fair with a new appreciation to the preservation approach to working on their home.

The Restoration & Renovation Fair takes place on Saturday, April 28th from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the former Greyhound Terminal on the campus of the Maryland Historical Society. The admission price is just $10. For your convenience, the Souper Freak food truck will be on hand at lunch time.

Download the registration flyer or register online. If you have any questions please contact me at 410-685-2886 ext. 302 or Or just reply to this blog!

Jessica Feldt

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Shining a Light on Main Streets

The National Main Streets Conference is in Baltimore right now and Preservation Maryland is thrilled to be a part of the event. The conference has drawn over 1,000 participants, including many from out of state who are getting introduced to Baltimore and Maryland for the first time. If you were unable to make it for the conference, don’t worry, you can still catch conference highlights online. With the Main Streets in town, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share more information about the Main Street program and the role it plays in preservation.

The National Trust Main Street Center is housed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They work with areas across the country working to revitalize their communities by preserving the unique character of the community. They use the Main Street Four-Point Approach to help downtowns and business districts turn their historic and cultural resources into economic development.  Here in Maryland, Main Street Maryland works with Maryland’s designated Main Streets using this approach.

I have met attendees from across the country working hard to promote and preserve their communities. Attendees are volunteers and employees of Main Streets, but also business people, member of community associations and city officials. The Main Streets tie together the bricks and motor work of preservation with boosting community pride with economic revitalization. I look forward to the final day of my first National Main Streets Conference and learning more about the work being done across the country. I hope you will have some time to watch one or both of the sessions being streamed over the course of the day and when you’re done head out to dine or shop at your nearest Main Street community.

Jessica Feldt

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