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Last weekend, the National Trust ‘Council’ (a group of high level donors) spent a day on the Eastern Shore touring some of our great historic resources. As one of the guides for the day, I had the opportunity to engage some of the participants in conversations about today’s preservation movement and the challenges of reaching beyond our ‘borders’ to a broader audience. The conversation drew a lot of interest and got me thinking more broadly about the question of why people don’t seem to embrace preservation the way we often think they should?
My most basic observation here is this, preservation is a movement, so that means we have to move, forward. It doesn’t mean standing still, going in reverse or even worse, stagnating. It means that we need to reinvent, reinterpret (ourselves) and reassess where we are all the time so that we remain relevant and therefore, effective in our mission. By definition, the word movement speaks to the collective advancement of a shared idea, to progressive development, to change and repositioning. For a movement whose mission is perceived to mean freezing time, we have to remember to message that it’s really about managing change.
Preservationist often look to the conservation movement with an eye towards their success in being embraced by the general public. One advantage is that the more progressive conservation organizations routinely revisit the question of what’s needed and what’s relevant, what’s working and what isn’t. They’re great at reassessing their position and figuring out how to make their cause personal, which results in be able to engage people on a grass roots level, despite the fact that environmental regulations have decidedly become stricter. Conservation is regulated by the government, not by its citizens, unlike the most public aspect of preservation – historical commissions. This makes our job considerably more difficult. To gain ground, we have to ensure that those who serve on our front lines are well trained and well informed so that the message they deliver is not only right, but right on target. Unfortunately this is not where we always allocate our resources, why I don’t know. As a movement we have gone from volunteer based to one that has complicated levels of regulation and policy that stretch from Washington to your own back yard. Sandwiched between the bureaucrats and the public is the volunteer who is often times struggling with how to answer the questions, interpret the standards and define the criteria while coming away without feeling fairly perplexed and embattled. It’s clearly a top down problem and one that we seriously need to address.
That being said, it is even more important for us as preservationists to adapt and reinvent as history and conversations change around us. Today building preservation and revitalization is directly related to an improved environment, certainly a cause the younger generation relates to. In addition we have the ever evolving voice of African American history to explore and the surge of heritage tourism as Maryland lays down a myriad of historic trails that delve into everything from the voyage of John Smith to the War of 1812 and beyond. History in Maryland is fast becoming the currency of choice for many counties that are realizing its economic and social value. As preservationists we innately like the road less traveled, but we have to remember not only to fill in the pot holes along the way but to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so others can easily find us.
- Elizabeth Beckley
Last Saturday, April 13, we hosted our first field trip of the year and it was a great success. Participants came to Chesapeake College in Wye Mills from as far away as St. Mary’s City and Frederick County to learn about the history of milling in the area and visit houses that are not generally open to the public. The weather on Saturday was absolutely perfect – sunny and in the upper 60’s with just a slight breeze.
After enjoying coffee and donuts, the whole group piled into two large vans and we were off. Robert Wilson, the owner of Providence Farm, along with Rebecca Marquardt, president of the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society, gave the group an overview of the history of this 1746 house built by a local miller. I was particularly wowed by the detailed woodwork in the house and the amount of restoration work Mr. Wilson has completed.
Our busy schedule did not allow for time to stop and walk around in Centreville, but we did detour up and down through town. Elizabeth Beckley and Michael Bourne, our tour guides for the day, pointed out some of the oldest buildings in town including Wright’s Chance and Tucker House.
Next we headed back to Wye Mills to visit Cloverfields, an early 18th century house and the home of the Great Tobacco Merchant, William Hemsley. While some members of the group chatted with Mrs. Pippin, the current owner of the house, others admired the detailed exterior brick work and visited the Hemsley cemetery.
By noon everyone was getting ready for lunch, so we headed off to the Old Wye Church and enjoyed our lunch in the parish house. The Reverend Charlie Osberger joined us for lunch and gave the group an informative and funny introduction the history of the church and the congregation.
Our next stop was just up the road at the Old Wye Mill, where the Friends of Old Wye Mill, were kind enough to open the mill up before their regular summer hours started. Jim Casey, George Hoffman and John Nizer showed us around this colonial era grist mill which is the oldest in continuous operation in the state. If you are ever looking for a rhythmic noise that will lull you right to sleep, the beat of the water going into the steal wheel is exactly what you want to hear.
Just a few hundred yards south of the mill sits the Miller’s House which was built around 1750. Many of the participants on the trip were excited to see inside the house because it is one of the least altered early structures on the Eastern Shore. Those who did not want to get dirty in the house visited the cemetery on the grounds and I got a kick out of watching a bald eagle soar high above us.
I think our first field trip was a glowing success and a lot of fun. If you could not join us this time, I hope you will come along on a future trip. Keep your eyes peeled next month for information on our next field trip which will be Saturday, June 1 at the National Park Seminary in Silver Spring.
Margaret De Arcangelis
Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.
Crosstown Bridge restoration project starting next week Cumberland Times-News 01-14-13
Anne Arundel County
Annapolis’ Market House slated to reopen in spring Baltimore Sun 01-06-13
Fort Meade: Log cabin comes home after nearly 100 years Capital Gazette 01-08-13
Busch Submits State Bill For Paca House Repairs Annapolis Patch 01-28-13
Guilford centennial celebrates a colorful history Baltimore Sun 01-02-13
Bare Hills, A Contrast in Time Baltimore Sun 01-04-13
With new leader, opportunity to change for Baltimore Development Corp. Baltimore Sun 01-05-13
A Baltimore hotel that’s fit for a duchess Washington Post 01-06-13
Back Story: Redwood St. was named for hero of WWI Baltimore Sun 01-10-13
Future of State Center in question after judge’s decision Baltimore Sun 01-17-13
Tradition of the Poe Toaster may be nevermore Baltimore Sun 01-19-13
Barclay: a promising neighborhood with strong ties to city’s history Baltimore Sun 01-18-13
Poe Museum could reopen in fall Baltimore Sun 01-19-13
Historic East Baltimore church celebrates anniversary of 1863 founding Baltimore Sun 01-20-13
B&O had storied passenger service Baltimore Sun 01-24-13
Unlocking the mysteries of the Jones Falls Valley Baltimore Sun 01-25-13
Sheppard Pratt gatehouse gets a makeover Baltimore Sun 01-11-13
Warfield cottage nets state tax credits for renovation Baltimore Sun 01-28-13
Historic Preservation Commission to Host Awards Ceremony Southern Maryland News 01-15-13
McDaniel students research long-neglected cemetery Baltimore Sun 01-13-13
Historical Society speaker to talk about Middletown history Gazette.net 01-26-13
Mount Airy could revive aging Flat Iron building Gazette.net 01-29-13
Changes Proposed for Ellicott City Historic District Ellicott City Patch 01-30-13
Prince George’s County
Memorializing defeat at Bladensburg that led to eventual victory Washington Post 01-07-13
Auction of Bethesda Community Store property canceled Gazette.net 01-08-13
Upper Marlboro gains historic designation Gazette.net 01-08-13
Upper Marlboro committee seeking attendees for historic archival sessions Gazette.net 01-24-13
Bowie mansion to host homeschooled children Gazette.net 01-26-13
‘This Old Chesapeake House’ speaker series starts Jan. 17 StarDem 01-08-13
Governor O’Malley submitted his budget to the General Assembly on January 16 and for the first time since the Great Recession it included an increase for historic preservation! While most programs received level funding from last year, funding for the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit was increased from $7 to $10 million for commercial projects. Below is an overview of the proposed funding for the various state preservation programs. Now we need your help to ensure they are approved, and not cut, by the General Assembly.
- Sustainable Communities Tax Credit: $10 million ($3 million increase from FY2013)
- Maryland Heritage Areas Program: $3 million
- African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program: $1 million
- Maryland Humanities Council: $53,500
- Main Street Maryland
Community Legacy: $6 million
Neighborhood BusinessWorks: $4.325 million ($75,000 increase from
The Maryland General Assembly is now in the process of reviewing Governor O’Malley’s budget. Your representatives in the General Assembly need to hear from you about the importance of these funding programs to preservation efforts in your community.
1) Familiarize yourself with the issues through the links to the websites for the programs above. Also, understand the basics of how the General Assembly does its work. Our advocacy resource page has everything you need to begin advocating for preservation in Maryland. Among the resources are a overview of the legislative process, important dates to remember, and talking points on key budgetary issues.
2) Make sure you know your representatives on a state and federal level by clicking here. Please contact them to encourage their support of the preservation agenda. Otherwise, please contact the committee chairs. Be sure to give them examples of museums, historic sites and tax-credit projects in their district which have benefited from these programs.
3) Join your preservation colleagues for the Maryland Historical Trust Awards at 4:30 PM on January 31st to honor the great historic preservation projects that these important state programs have made possible.
4) Thank Governor O’Malley for his support of historic preservation!
Your voice is crucial to funding these important programs. Thanks for your support!
Preservation Maryland is involved in planning four very exciting days in April that will highlight some of the state’s historic properties, both well preserved and in jeopardy. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing its Council to the Free State from April 18-21. The group consists of the trust’s leadership donors from all over the country, arguably those Americans with the strongest interest and dedication to historic preservation. Not surprisingly, the development of an itinerary for the visit has been a difficult process of selecting from among a trove of appealing options.
Beginning in Baltimore, NTHP Council members will visit such renowned sites as the American Brewery, Mount Vernon Historic District, B & O Roundhouse and private homes with prized decorative arts collections. A day will be spent in and around Annapolis examining the ongoing restoration of America’s oldest continuously used State House, several museum properties, the U. S. Naval Academy and private homes. No trip to Maryland is complete without sampling the heritage of the Eastern Shore. A day’s tour of Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Talbot counties will feature Providence Farm in Queen Anne’s County, Harriett Tubman-Underground Railroad sites, maritime preservation showcased at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and private homes. Preservation Maryland is delighted to join Baltimore Heritage, the City of Annapolis and representatives of many of the state’s history and preservation institutions and organizations in planning this occasion. If you encounter the group in your community during their visit to Maryland, be sure to say hello and welcome them. What a wonderful chance to strut our stuff!
Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.
Formstone would be banned on new buildings under proposal Baltimore Sun 12-1-12
Clarke Seeks Rotunda Landmark Designation North Baltimore Patch 12-3-12
Developers eager to convert downtown office buildings to residences Baltimore Sun 12-7-12
Remington corner to become arts, eating destination Baltimore Sun 12-14-12
Another extension for Superblock agreement sought Baltimore Sun 12-17-12
City chooses Maryland Film Festival proposal for Parkway Theatre Baltimore Sun 12-20-12
Centre Theatre project on North Avenue gets $3 million state investment Baltimore Sun 12-21-12
Refurbishment of Everyman is a show-stopper Baltimore Sun 12-28-12
Baltimore County to preserve 38 acres in Perry Hall Baltimore Sun 12-17-12
Balto. Co. bill would protect Middle River Depot development in zoning fight Baltimore Sun 12-17-12
Developer sues Balto. Co. Council over Chestnut Ridge golf course zoning decision Baltimore Sun 12-23-12
‘Rogue’ designation ignores county smart growth policies SoMdNews 12-12-12
Preservation groups challenge Frederick County land-use plan Gazette.net 12-18-12
Havre de Grace receives two state grants for downtown revitalization Baltimore Sun 12-2-12
Living with historical quirks in Havre de Grace Baltimore Sun 12-3-12
Report Finds Counties’ Preservation Grades Vary The Dispatch 11-30-12
Ritzy and for rent: Grand residences in demand for events, weddings Baltimore Sun 12-21-12
Struggling to attract visitors, historic houses may face day of reckoning Washington Post 12-22-12
Do you have a property in Baltimore County that you think is “historic” and wonder how to have it designated as such? Are you interested in protecting your historic property from development or demolition, even if you were no longer able to look after it? Are you interested in receiving tax credits for work done to a historic property? Are you a member of an organization that needs funding for a historic preservation project in Baltimore County?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions you can find an answer at a workshop to be held TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 5th, Securing Historic Status on Structures in African American Communities in Baltimore County. Hosted by Louis Diggs, Baltimore County historian and author, and the Historical Society of Baltimore County, the workshop will feature local and statewide historic preservation professionals and grant makers. Representatives from the Baltimore County Historic Preservation Office, Maryland Historical Trust and the African American Historic Preservation Grant program, the Baltimore County Historical Trust, and Preservation Maryland will be available to provide information regarding the historic designation process, easements, and funding for African American sites in Baltimore County.
This workshop is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, but still available so R.S.V.P. at email@example.com.
The event will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030.
Hope to see you there.
Historic preservation at its finest was recognized at the Preservation Maryland’s 2012 annual preservation awards ceremony, part of the annual meeting held at the Maryland Historical Society on November 14. For complete information about the recipients, visit the following links. This year’s President’s Award was shared by Orlando Ridout IV and his son Orlando Ridout V. The Stewardship Award was presented to William F. Grovermann. The U.S. Lighthouse Society ‘s Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Volunteers received the Volunteer Award. The Phoenix Award was made to Union Mill.
Noted War of 1812 author and lecturer Scott S. Sheads, presented “Landscapes of Memory” at the annual meeting. His talk focused on some of the lesser known sites in Maryland associated with the second American war for independence. Sheads is photographed before a replica of the 15-star flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem off Fort McHenry. To see more photos from the event, click here.
Featuring “Landscapes of Memory” presented by Scott S. Sheads, War of 1812 Author and Lecturer
Ranger-historian and historic weapons officer, Sheads is a noted authority on the War of 1812. He will chronicle the wealth of historic sites in Maryland associated with America’s second war for independence. He is the author of several books on the war including War on the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Following awards presented:
Orlando Ridout IV and Orlando Ridout V of Annapolis, a father and son whose professional careers span more than 50 years, have been devoted to the preservation of Maryland’s architectural heritage and establishing and enhancing institutions whose mission is preservation.
William F. Grovermann of Annapolis has given more than 40 years of professional service to the restoration and stewardship of historic properties in Maryland.
The U. S. Lighthouse Society Preservation Volunteers have devoted eight years to restoring the nation’s last intact screwpile lighthouse, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark.
The Phoenix Award
Seawall Development Company of Baltimore has created an adaptive reuse for the 1866 Union Mill, the largest stone mill in the state.
Maryland Historical Society exhibit “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland during the War of 1812″
In Full Glory Reflected is Maryland’s largest display devoted to the War of 1812 and its era. The exhibition includes a fascinating array of artifacts and documents, many donated by the Defenders of Baltimore themselves.
The event is open to the public. To register, call 410-685-2886 or click below.
Tickets are $50 per person ($60 for non-members).
Click here to register.