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January News Round-up

Allegany County
Canal Place gets $116,000 from state; officials debate future of operations – Cumberland Times-News 1-15-14

Anne Arundel County
Victorian stands out in Annapolis  - Baltimore Sun 1-10-14
Historic Crofton House Lands $10,000 Donation – Crofton Patch 1-15-14
Annapolis Historian Ignites Maryland’s 150th Emancipation Celebration Date – Afro.com 1-17-14

Baltimore City
Developer plans apartments for Raffel Building south of Federal Hill – Baltimore Sun 1-7-14
Downtown neighborhoods might get names – Baltimore Sun 1-10-14
City Council mills extending tax breaks for historic properties – Baltimore Sun 1-13-14
Old tire shop in Remington transformed  - Baltimore Sun 1-17-14
Townhouses, apartments coming to historic Crittenton site in Hampden – BizJournals 1-21-14

Charles County
Charles County land preservation grants awarded – Baynet.com 1-25-14
Historic Preservation Commission to Host Awards Ceremony – Southern Maryland News Net 1-27-14

Harford County
Upgrades planned for Bel Air’s Rockfield Manor – Baltimore Sun 1-16-14

Howard County
Ellicott City residents, county chart course for historic district housing – Baltimore Sun 1-17-14

Kent County
Cross Street restoration gets state tax credits – MyEasternShoreMD 1-13-14

Prince George’s County
Prince George’s Olde Towne Inn mirrors the history of African Americans in the county – Washington Post 1-24-14

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December News Round-up

Allegany County
City offers $300,000 to purchase East Side School if demolition grant secured – Cumberland Times-News 12-4-13
C&O Canal Basin In Cumberland Springs A Leak – The Capital 12-19-13

Baltimore City
A Baltimore house known for its famous residents is brought back to life – Baltimore Sun 11-29-13
George Washington finds a new home…temporarily – Baltimore Sun 12-2-13
MICA stages definitive exhibit on screen painting – Baltimore Sun 12-7-13
Group fights to stop tree removal at Mount Vernon Place – Baltimore Sun 12-7-13
Mayor weighs settling lawsuit by former Superblock developers – Baltimore Brew 12-12-13
The Ivy hotel was once home to prominent city businessman – Baltimore Sun 12-14-13
Parkway Theatre to get tax credit to help with planned renovations – Baltimore Sun 12-20-13
Five city projects receive historic tax credits – Baltimore Sun 12-23-13

Baltimore County
New life for historic Sheppard Pratt gatehouse – Baltimore Sun 12-4-13

Calvert County
Help save threatened historic sites in Maryland – SoMDNews 12-27-13

Charles County
Nominations Sought for Historic Preservation Award – Southern MD News 12-29-13

Dorchester County
County officials get PlanMaryland update – Star Democrat 12-26-13
Historic Harriet Tubman Scenic Byway Permanently Preserved – WBOC 12-27-13

Frederick County
Historical Trust’s easement removal paves way for discussion to buy historic hall in Middletown – Frederick News-Post 12-10-13

Howard County
Recalling the days when Savage was Santa’s Maryland home – Baltimore Sun 12-22-13

Kent County
Janson-LaPalme to talk on historic Chestertown fires – MyEasternShoreMD 12-27-13

Prince George’s County
Prince George’s children learn where their food comes from at Hard Bargain Farm – Washington Post 12-15-13
Battle of Bladensburg monument edges toward completion – Gazette.net 12-27-13

St. Mary’s County
John Wesley cemetery being lost to time – SoMdNews 12-25-13

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November News Round-up

Allegany County
Senators want to establish new national heritage area – Cumberland Times-News 11-7-13

Anne Arundel County
Historic State House painting to be removed, restored – ABC2 11-4-13
With Fawcett redevelopment dead, owners say future of Annapolis site is uncertain – Baltimore Sun 11-14-13
Historic Annapolis Home Gets Dining Room Do-Over – CBS Local 11-15-13
Olde Mill / Millersville: Smithing is alive and well on Kinder Farm – Capital Gazette 11-22-13

Baltimore City
Fells Point changes coming into shape – Baltimore Sun 11-1-13
Back Story: Lord Baltimore Hotel undergoing face-lift – Baltimore Sun 11-4-13
Old Tradition Lives On in Baltimore, Maryland – Voice of America 11-14-13
Back Story: Charles Street winds its way through the heart of Baltimore- Baltimore Sun 11-14-13
Falls Road landmark celebrates its industrial heritage – Baltimore Sun 11-15-13
New owner plans apartments for Equitable building – Baltimore Sun 11-19-13
Atop the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel – Baltimore Sun 11-22-13
No holding them down – TheStar.com 11-23-13
Part of fence at Old Otterbein Church toppled – Baltimore Sun – 11-24-13

Calvert County
Ancient American Indian artifacts uncovered at Dunkirk Park & Ride – SoMdNews 11-15-13

Cecil County
Model preserves original home of Susquehanna Hose Co. – Baltimore Sun 11-20-13

Harford County
Bel Air’s ‘Brick House’ remains on market – Baltimore Sun 12-25-13

Montgomery County
Gaithersburg to apply for Summit Hall to join National Register of Historic Places – Gazette.net 11-1-13
Court Sides with Johns Hopkins in Belward Farm Dispute – Gaithersburg Patch 11-25-13
Long Branch plan taps Purple Line potential for development in Silver Spring – Gazette.net 11-26-13

Somerset County
Renovations begin at historic inn – DelMarVa Now 10-26-13
War of 1812 veterans honored at Princess Anne service – DelMarVa Now 11-15-13

Washington County
Society in need of a home – HeraldMailMedia 11-23-13

Statewide
Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland’s memory keeper –Baltimore Sun 11-4-13

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Day Trip to Western Maryland

Last week our education and outreach director, Margaret DeArcangelis, and I ventured out to Western Maryland to visit just a few of the many incredible sites Allegany and Garrett counties have to offer. Although it was raining when we left, the skies seemed to clear almost immediately as we reached  the mountains, providing us with the perfect weather for our trip. Kathy Erkert, a representative of the Georges Creek Promotion Council, graciously offered to drive, allowing us to take in the amazing views and scenery along the way. Although I have grown up in Maryland, I have spent very little time west of Frederick. Our trip helped open my eyes to the culture of the area and further confirmed how unique and diverse Maryland is as a state. I guess that is why one of its nicknames is “America in Miniature.”  

Exterior Shot of the Lonaconing Silk Mill; Allegany County

The Lonaconing Silk Mill; Allegany County

One of the most fascinating aspects of the trip was our visit to the Lonaconing Silk Mill. A 2007 Endangered Maryland listing, the Lonaconing Silk Mill is the last of its kind still in existence in the United States, holding both local and national significance. Opened in the early 1900s, the mill served as one of the largest employers in Allegany County until its abrupt closure in 1957. Walking inside felt like traveling back in time. Machinery, supplies, and even personal items such as shoes and umbrellas wait in anticipation for employees who will never return.  Although the building is in remarkable condition considering the circumstances, it still requires the stewardship of active community members, in order to continue to exist for future generations.  Threatened with the possibility of another harsh winter, the community is currently working towards replacing the roof, which will help protect the building from the elements as they progress forward with a plan to revive the space, floor by floor.  

An artisan's cabin at Spruce Forest; Garrett County.

An artisan’s cabin at Spruce Forest; Garrett County.

Our day concluded with a lovely drive through Garrett County, complete with leisurely stops at places like the Casselman Bridge and Spruce Forest Artisan Village. At Spruce Forest, artisans gather in restored cabins to create high quality products using traditional methods. Unfortunately we had arrived late in the day, so many of the artisans had closed shop for the night. Oh well – it is just an excuse to visit the area again soon!

If you are interested in getting back out to Western Maryland, or perhaps want to visit for the first time, Preservation Maryland plans to host a tour to the area this fall. Stay tuned to our website for more details in the weeks to come, along with information on our tour of Southern Maryland.  It is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

Anna Danz

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2013 Historic Preservation Awards

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline:  August 16, 2013

Are you aware of an historic preservation hero or extraordinary project that deserves public recognition?  Preservation Maryland will honor outstanding preservation efforts at our Annual Meeting and Awards program on October 16, 2013.

Since 1985, Preservation Maryland has presented awards to individuals and organizations recognizing their exemplary contributions to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage. We are currently seeking nominations of candidates for this year’s Historic Preservation Awards to be presented at our Annual Program.

2012 Preservation Maryland Awards winners

The President’s Award recognizes exceptional leadership and commitment to preservation; the Stewardship Award recognizes commendable care of a historic resource; the Volunteer Award is presented to an outstanding non-paid preservationist and the Phoenix Award recognizes excellence in revitalization through preservation.

Individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies are eligible to receive Preservation Maryland’s Historic Preservation Awards.  Nominations submitted but not selected in previous years may be resubmitted.  Click here to learn more about the program and access a nomination form.

It’s time YOU acknowledge that person(s) or project deserving of public recognition. Completed nominations must be postmarked by August 16, 2013.  Please contact me with any questions you may have at 410-685-2886, x. 303 or mbenaderet@preservationmaryland.org.

Marilyn Benaderet
Preservation Services Director

 

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April News Round-up

Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.

Allegany County
State help eyed to save western Md. Civil War site The Daily Record 4-1-13
Coney residents say they can save Catholic church from demolition Cumberland Times-News 4-17-13
Students document building exteriors Cumberland Times-News 4-23-13

Anne Arundel County
Architectural Historian Orlando Ridout Dies at Age 59 Annapolis Patch 4-10-13
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage 2013: Tour More Than 50 Historic Properties This Spring Huffington Post 4-18-13
Our say: Don’t decorate Market House – just get it open Capital Gazette 4-26-13
City Dock proposals divide Annapolis Baltimore Sun 4-29-13

Baltimore City
City wants $20 million upgrade at Lexington Market Baltimore Sun 4-3-13
Baltimore lobbies for tall ships, naval vessels to fill Inner Harbor Baltimore Sun 4-4-13
Back Story: Buildings are gone but not forgotten Baltimore Sun 4-5-13
Guilford neighborhood marks 100th anniversary Baltimore Sun 4-12-13
Lexington Market is in desperate need of a change Baltimore Sun 4-19-13
Cool potential for former icehouse Baltimore Sun 4-19-13
Researchers dig deep to discover the history of their homes Baltimore Sun 4-20-13
Makeover aims to bring Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch into digital age Washington Post 4-26-13With opening of Mill No. 1, the Jones Falls Valley’s makeover is nearly complete Baltimore Sun 4-27-13

Baltimore County
Historic Pikes Diner may once again become a movie theater Baltimore Sun 4-4-13
Maryland seeks historic status for Fort Carroll Baltimore Sun 4-13-13

Carroll County
Mount Airy to introduce ordinance on historic buildings Carroll County Times 4-29-13

Frederick County
Incinerator would tower over historic Monocacy battlefield Gazette.Net 4-25-13

Harford County
Aberdeen’s mayor to Historical Society on B&O train station: ‘We’re fed up’ Baltimore Sun 4-9-13

Montgomery County
Two Darnestown Area Locations Make ‘Endangered Maryland 2013′ List NorthPotomac Patch 4-9-13
House at ‘gateway’ to Rockville recommended for historic designation Gazette.Net 4-19-13
Public to vote on grant money for historic preservation in Montgomery Gazette.Net 4-29-13

Prince George’s County
Events aimed at drawing new crowds to historic Glenn Dale mansion Gazette.Net 4-30-13

Somerset County
Carrol Peterson: Don’t require historic status in Princess Anne DelMarVa Now 4-24-13

St. Mary’s County
Old Scotland Post Office on Maryland endangered list SoMdNews 4-17-13

Wicomico County
Preservation Trust Of Wicomico County Establish Endowment Fund At The CFES – The Dispatch 4-5-13

Statewide
Safeguarding treasures from national historic sites Washington Post 4-23-13

Historic Sites Competing for Public Support in Contest for Preservation Grants dcist.com 4-24-13

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March News Round-up

Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.

Allegany County
City OKs preservation Times-News 3-12-13
City to document building exteriors in historic district Cumberland Times-News 3-27-13

Baltimore City
Dispute over Crittenton Place in Hampden – Baltimore Sun 3-22-13
Images of Civil-Rights-era Baltimore tantalizingly uncaptioned Baltimore Brew 3-27-13
Maryland Putting Historic ‘Oyster Cannon’ on Display NBC Washington 3-28-13

Charles County
Officials scramble to preserve 1600s site in Charles SoMdNews 3-22-12

Dorchester County
Obama to designate new national park in Md. honoring Harriet Tubman Washington Post 3-22-12
Obama establishes Tubman park on Eastern Shore Baltimore Sun 3-25-13

Montgomery County
Gaithersburg to refurbish 30-year-old caboose Gazette.net 3-25-13

Somerset County
Maryland Wind Power Farm Could Kill Up to 20 Bald Eagles Per Year, Regulators Estimate Huffington Post 3-12-13

St. Mary’s County
Dameron House burned down SoMdNews 3-13-13
Happy 397th Birthday Maryland! The Bay Net 3-23-13

Queen Anne’s County
House and Garden Tours Offer Look Inside Historic and Contemporary Sites Star Dem 3-12-13

Washington County
The Bridges of Washington County Bethesda Magazine April 2013
Spring cleaning for Civil War historic sites Washington Post 3-28-13

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Under Construction – Rosenwald Schools Initiative

I am excited to announce that Preservation Maryland will soon kick of the Rosenwald Schools of Maryland Initiative.  The Rosenwald School building program played a prominent and pivotal role in the education of African Americans in the early 20th century.  A result of a partnership between Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Institute and Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, the Rosenwald Fund provided matching grants for more than 5,000 schools, shops, and teacher’s residences built in 15 southern states, between 1917 and 1932.  The schools became obsolete in 1954 with the Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation in education.  Many of the schools were abandoned or demolished and their invaluable contributions forgotten. There are an estimated 800 schools still standing around the country.

Despite their critical role in the education of a large portion of the southern population, Rosenwald Schools are a largely unfamiliar component of the educational history of the United States. As a consequence, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) named Rosenwald Schools to its 2002 list of Most Endangered sites.  More recently, Rosenwald Schools were designated as one of the first thirty-two of the National Trust’s “National Treasures.” A result of the restructuring of the National Trust, the campaign will eventually establish a portfolio of 100 National Treasures to preserve and protect, with the direct assistance of local preservation partners such as Preservation Maryland.

Restored Ridgeley Rosenwald School

Restored Ridgeley Rosenwald School

Of the more than 5,000 Rosenwald program buildings constructed, only 156 of the schools and ancillary structures were built in Maryland. However our state boasts a higher percentage than average of extant schools, with 53 currently surviving.  Additionally, Maryland is one of the few states where a survey of the schools has been completed.  A Multiple Property Documentation Form has been submitted with the expectation that Maryland’s Ridgeley Rosenwald School will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Preservation Maryland has previously supported projects at this site, as well as the Galesville Rosenwald School in Anne Arundel County and Wicomico County’s San Domingo Rosenwald School.  All three sites have been successfully restored and are in active use by the communities in which they are located. The Rosenwald School Initiative seeks to increase the number of schools across the state that will fall into this category.  The goal is to raise public awareness about the schools and put as many as possible back into everyday use.  Preservation Maryland intends to serve as a statewide online clearinghouse for information regarding the schools.  We expect to partner with local and national preservation organizations to provide general information and training opportunities on preservation practices, organizational development and financial assistance to restore and adaptively re-use those schools that are currently vacant.  We’ll also share success stories of those who have labored to save a treasured school.

In the coming months our website will be updated with useful links to pertinent sites related to Rosenwald Schools around the country and in our state.  There will also be opportunities for interested parties to share information about the schools.  I’ll keep you updated.

Marilyn Benaderet/Preservation Services Director

 

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January News Roundup

Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.

Allegany County
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

Baltimore City
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

Baltimore County
Sheppard Pratt gatehouse gets a makeover Baltimore Sun 01-11-13

Carroll County
Warfield cottage nets state tax credits for renovation Baltimore Sun 01-28-13

Charles County
Historic Preservation Commission to Host Awards Ceremony Southern Maryland News 01-15-13

Frederick County
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

Howard County
Changes Proposed for Ellicott City Historic District Ellicott City Patch 01-30-13

Montgomery County
Groups honor man who fought in Revolutionary War Gazette.net 01-23-13
Montgomery County conference draws history buffs Gazette.net 01-27-13

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

Talbot County
‘This Old Chesapeake House’ speaker series starts Jan. 17 StarDem 01-08-13

Statewide
O’Malley’s 2014 budget allocates money for Maryland Hall, historic Senate chamber CapitalGazette 01-16-12
History buff takes love of learning on the road Baltimore Sun 01-18-13

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Governor’s Budget Includes Increase for Historic Preservation

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.

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.

Take Action!

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!

Tyler Gearhart

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