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Preservation Maryland’s 2014 Summer School

On Wednesday, July 23, over 70 preservation professionals gathered at McDaniel College in Westminster for Preservation Summer School, a one-day, one-topic conference. The title of this year’s event was “Uncovering the Untold Stories,” and the sessions built on many of the great lessons we learned at last year’s conference “Marketing Preservation to a Broader Audience.” Last year’s speakers focused on how to craft the story of your organization to attract new audiences and this year we focused on how organizations can discover and share the stories of under-represented groups at their historic sites and in their historic communities.

Did you know that as of 2004 only 3% of the 77,000 properties on the National Register of Historic Sites represent African American, Hispanic and Asian American heritage? Another 3-4% of sites are named for women, and today, only about 25 sites focus on the history of the LGBTQ community. There should not be these huge disparities in whose stories are being told through preservation efforts. All people should be able to see themselves and their ancestors in the sites we preserve and the stories we tell.      

This year’s Preservation Summer School was focused on showing people how to bring those stories to light. In the morning session, “Preservation of What and for Whom?,” Shelley Stokes-Hammond from Howard University shared her experiences researching the civil rights history of the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland where she grew up. Although these civil rights struggles had a significant impact on this neighborhood and were important on a national level, the struggles are not once mentioned in the National Register nomination for the area. Rico Newman, executive director of the Maryland Indian Tourism Association, shared about the negative impacts of marginalizing a community’s history and how he is bringing to the light the history of the Piscataway people in southern Maryland. Page Harrington, executive director of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington, DC, explained the history of this women’s suffrage site and how the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites is drawing more attention to women’s role throughout history.

One of the best ways to discover and share stories is through partnerships. In the afternoon, Mark Meinke from the Rainbow History Project, Jenny Masur from the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Clay Washington from the Kennard High School Alumni Association shared how they have partnered with traditional and non-traditional history organizations to share their stories and promote their preservation efforts. Once you uncover the stories and form the partnerships, the question becomes how do you get the word out to people in your community and across the state. Sarah Heffern from the National Trust for Historic Preservation showed participants how they can use social media to get the word out to all different kinds of audiences.

In addition to all these great sessions, participants had plenty of time to network with colleagues and make new friends. If you missed this year’s Preservation Summer School , be sure to check our website in the early spring for details about next summer’s conference.  

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July News Round-Up

July News Round-up

Anne Arundel County
MD State House restoration to be complete in December– NBC Washington 7-14-14

Baltimore City
Preservationists, child advocates take up issue of lead-paint windows  –  Baltimore Brew 7-15-14
Baltimore City Council passes tax credits for apartment developers – Baltimore Sun 7-17-14

Baltimore County
Resident unearths forgotten historic site in Catonsville– Baltimore Sun 7-7-14

Carroll County
Sykesville designated as 2014 National Main Street – Baltimore Sun 7-14-14

Cecil County
Perryville to pursue “Main Street Maryland” designation– Cecil Daily 7-23-14

Garrett County
Garrett heritage projects funded– Cumberland Times-News 7-15-14

Harford County
Havre de Grace get $92,000 grant to extend its Promenade– Baltimore Sun 7-19-14

Kent County
Historic District in Chestertown okays bank signs– My Eastern Shore MD 7-7-14

St. Mary’s County
Lighthouses still a draw in Southern Maryland – My Eastern Shore MD 7-25-14

Wicomico County
Historic MD church built in 1773 is ravaged by fire – The Daily Mail 7-22-14

The case for preservation, not just demolition, in Detroit’s war on blight – Model D Media 7-8-14

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June News Round-Up

June News Round-up

Anne Arundel County
MHT accepting tax credit applications for historic commercial properties – The Star Democrat 6-14

Baltimore City
Kevin Plank’s Recreation Peir plans move forward –  Baltimore Sun 6-9-14
UMB seeks to redevelop historic site – University of Maryland News 6-12-14

Baltimore County
Reisterstown named a sustainable community– Carroll County Times 6-25-14

Carroll County
Sykesville receives Community Legacy Grant from Maryland – Carroll County Times 6-17-14

Cecil County
New Maryland program has revitalization element – My Eastern Shore MD 6-21-14

Cecil County
New Maryland program has revitalization element – My Eastern Shore MD 6-21-14

Dorchester County
Heart of Chesapeake Heritage Awards – My Eastern Shore MD 6-21-14


America’s 11 most endangered historic places – Time 6-23-14


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Endangered Locust Grove School

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: Help Save an Endangered Schoolhouse in Maryland!

Can you provide a good home to a charming one-room brick schoolhouse? The Locust Grove School in Rohrersville cannot stay in its current location.  Preservation Maryland and the property owner need your help to find a new steward for this schoolhouse.  A demolition permit has been issued for June 1, 2014.  We need a plan to preserve the building before the end of the month or it will be lost.


Exterior. Locust Grove School, Rohrersville, Washington County.

Many one-room schoolhouses became obsolete in the first half of the 20th century and over the past 100 years many of these buildings have been abandoned and then demolished. The Locust Grove School still stands today because it has been cared for over the past 35 years by a family who believed it was their responsibility to help preserve this piece of Maryland’s history. The family can no longer care for the building and wants to give it away to an organization or individual who can find a use for this one story, brick-over-stone foundation structure. The new owner will need to move the building to a new location and make repairs to an exterior wall that started to collapse but has been stabilized. The roof on the schoolhouse is in good condition and was replaced within the last ten years. The current owners researched the cost of moving and repairing the building and are happy to share that information with interested parties.

Are you looking for a charming little building to adaptively reuse? Do you know of a historic village complex that needs a one-room schoolhouse to teach children about life in the 19th century? Does your community need a gathering place? If you could use the Locust Grove School in any of these ways or have a different idea for repurposing the building, please contact Margaret De Arcangelis today. We need to work together now to find a new location for this historic little schoolhouse or else it will be demolished.


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April News Round-up

April News Round Up

Baltimore City
Walters Art Museum to renovate Hackerman House – 4-7-14
Crittenton mansion exterior renovations approved by city’s preservation boardThe Baltimore Sun 4-9-1                        Patterson Park cannons dated to 17th, 18th centuries – The Baltimore Sun 4-27-14

Cecil County
St. Stephen’s congregation rallies to repair historic window in time for Easter – 4-18-14

Dorchester County
Native American house grand opening set for April 27– 4-24-14

Harford County

Historic house in near Bel Air could face uncertain future – The Baltimore Sun 4-22-14
Old house worth preservingThe Baltimore Sun 4-26-14

Kent County
Battle of Caulk’s Field bicentennial planned – The Star 4-15-14

Montgomery County
Historic Hardy House in Montgomery sellsThe Washington Post 4-21-14

Prince George’s County
Upper Marlboro sites featured in historic Maryland tour – 4-10-14

Talbot County
Circa 1920 Crisfield-built buyboat Winnie Estelle joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s floating fleet – Maryland NewsZap 4-5-14

Washington County
Why Gathland Park is at Gapland – Herald Mail Media 4-27-14
Wicomico County
Old Wicomico County Court House needs $3.8M in upgrades  –DelmarvaNow 4-28-14


8 Strategies for Building a Sustainable Preservation Movement
Huffington Post 4-3-14

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March News Round Up

Allegheny County
Public gets look at future plans for Canal Place Heritage Area– Cumberland Times-News 3-26-14

Baltimore City
Washington Monument restoration changes atmosphere of Mount Vernon neighborhood – The Baltimore Sun 3-24-14
The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel restores its prominence as a Baltimore landmark – Travel Daily News 3-26-14

Harford County

Havre de Grace group hopes to revive skipjack Martha Lewis – The Baltimore Sun 3-28-14
Aberdeen Woman Stops City from Destroying “Our Historic Home”Baltimore Sun 3-25-14

Kent County
Historic District Commission hears plans for Sultana center – MyEasternShoreMD 3-10-14

Queen Anne’s County
Historical society shares history of former Gov. Samuel Stevens – MyEasternShoreMD 3-19-14

Washington County
Tolson’s Chapel is a Well-Kept Historical Secret –Herald Mail Media 03-30-14

Schooley a teller of historical stories – Herald Mail Media 03-25-14

6 Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings –Preservation Nation 03-10-14

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Meet Doug Harbit, our new Development Director

Preservation Maryland members and friends,

I am excited to join the Preservation Maryland staff as the new director of development.  Historic preservation has dougbeen a passion of mine for many years.  In addition to being the former director of financial services for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I have also had the opportunity to lead a local historic preservation organization, serve as a commissioner on a county preservation commission, as well as on the board of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions.  I have also had the good fortune of serving in leadership positions for several national nonprofit organizations based in Washington, DC, as well as provide consulting and fundraising services for a select group of nonprofits in central Maryland.  Most recently, I was the director of the major donor program for 1000 Friends of Maryland, the state’s advocacy organization for smart growth.

And, on the personal side, my partner David Dahbura and I live in a stone farmhouse that was built in 1799 which is located on an 80 acre farm in northern Baltimore County – so we are literally surrounded by more than two centuries of Maryland history every day.  I look forward to meeting the members and supporters of Preservation Maryland in the weeks and months ahead as we work together to expand our resources to support historic preservation programs across the state.

Doug Harbit

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