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The deadline to apply for a Heritage Fund grant is approaching fast. The Heritage Fund awards up to $5,000 to non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions for capital and non-capital historic preservation projects. The Fund is intended to serve the needs of tangible cultural resources in Maryland that may not be met through other funding programs.

Projects eligible for funding include acquisition and/or stabilization of endangered historic properties; bricks and mortar repairs and restoration; and education, research and planning efforts related to resource preservation.  Please see the Heritage Fund Guidelines and Procedures for a full listing of projects eligible for funding.

Our Selection Committee will meet in February to review applications for funding.  Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis according to their urgency for financial need; administrative capability of the application and the extent to which the project stimulates or promotes other preservation activities.  For a full listing of grant awards criteria click the link listed above for the Heritage Fund Guidelines and Procedures.

For further information please go to the funding section of Preservation Maryland’s website or contact me or 410-685-2886, x. 303.

Marilyn Benaderet/Preservation Services Director



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Nominate a Site you Love to Endangered Maryland

Top: The Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Prince George’s County at the time of its listing in 2007 and in the spring of 2010 during restoration. Middle: Bucktown Store in Dorchester County at the time of its listing in 2007 (right) and in 2010. Bottom: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cecil County at the time of its listing in 2009 and at its rededication ceremony in September of 2010.

It’s that time again! Preservation Maryland, in partnership with Maryland Life magazine, is seeking nominations for the 2013 Endangered Maryland list. The goal of Endangered Maryland is to raise awareness of some of the state’s most threatened historic and cultural sites. The deadline to submit nominations is September 21, 2012. Sites will be chosen from across the state and the final Endangered Maryland list will be published in Maryland Life magazine’s March/April 2013 issue.

Endangered Maryland is modeled after the nationwide list created each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as other successful statewide endangered lists. The article presents an opportunity to raise public awareness, create dialogue, and find solutions for threatened sites. The progress made on some past Endangered Maryland sites is very exciting.

Submitting a nomination is quick and easy. Use our PDF nomination form to let us know about the site you wish to nominate. You can enter your text into the form and save it. It may take a moment to load the document after you click the link. When complete you can either mail or email the form to Preservation Maryland. Full submission information is included on the form.  We also have a set of instructions to help answer your questions and guide your nomination.

Give thought to each question in the nomination form. Let us know if the site is in a local or National Register historic district, designated as a landmark at any level, under easement, or inside the boundary of a certified Heritage Area. Think about not only the present struggles, but envision the future for the site and share that vision with us. The map below shows past Endangered Maryland sites.

Jessica Feldt


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July Monthly News Round-up

Columbia’s Waterfront, a 2010 Endangered Maryland site

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

Reopening of Market House may be delayed –
Baltimore Sun 07-08-2012
Group hopes to restore Peale Museum into history, architecture center –
Baltimore Sun 07-26-2012
Mobile History –
North Baltimore Patch 07-17-2012
Fate Uncertain For Historic Holt Park Cabin –
Parkville Patch 07-25-2012
Lutherville residents upset about possible rezoning at assisted-living center
Baltimore Sun 07-27-2012
Frederick city to tear down ‘fake’ buildings –
Gazette 07-27-2012

Whole Foods to open in Columbia
Baltimore Sun 07-26-2012

Kent’s rivers dedicated as part of Smith trail  –
Star-Democrat 07-09-2012
Preservation group awards Greenbelt group national grant –
Gazette 07-05-2012
Preservation grants go to two nonprofit organizations
Star-Democrat 07-15-2012
Historic Sotterley –
Southern Maryland News Online 07-20-2012
Old Morganza post office gets new life –
Washington Post 07-17-2012
Star-spangled historic trail set for launch –
Washington Post 07-29-2012
Md. seeks Harriet Tubman national monument –
Wall Street Journal 07-20-2012

If you have a news article on a preservation-related issue you wish to add to our monthly news round-up, please send the link to me at

Jessica Feldt

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When Historic Sites Meet Historic Weather Events: A refresher on what to do when disaster strikes

Tree damage at Mt. Harmon Plantation

The storms of Friday, June 29th caught everyone off guard. When a hurricane approaches we have time get ready and prepare our homes and businesses. When an event like last year’s earthquake or last month’s storms occurs, there is no warning, no time to make special preparations.  These sudden events serve as a reminder that it is always a good time to prepare for disaster. Years and decades of work on an irreplaceable historic site can be threatened by one bad event. Why not do what you can today to make sure that doesn’t happen to you? We’ve posted guides to disaster prep in the past on this blog, but I thought it might be a good time for a refresher on where to go.

FEMA’s website has lots of resources including how to protect your home and property from a variety of disasters. The National Trust for Historic Preservation also has a full stock of disaster planning and response resources. Included on this page are guides for homeowners and for local organizations and Main Streets.

Damage at Mt. Harmon Plantation

If you are looking to get a disaster plan in order, you can visit the website of Maryland dPlan.  This is a tool for cultural and civic institutions to use to create a disaster plan. If you need help convincing your organization of the need to use tools like Maryland dPlan to create a disaster plan, the National Trust has outlined the case for disaster planning on all levels.  

So, now that the refresher is over, I’m curious to see how everyone fared in June’s storms. We know our friends at Mt. Harmon Plantation in Cecil County sustained significant damage to their historic trees and the building itself and have begun efforts to raise money for the cleanup effort.  Let us know if your sites were damaged and how your recovery work is going.

Jessica Feldt

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June Monthly News Round-Up

The Star-Spangled Sailabration and the 1812 Bicentennial was big news in June.

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

Old Senate Chamber restoration effort needs your helpThe Capital 06-24-12
Lighthouse Tours for Thomas Point in Md. Resuming
WJZ CBS Baltimore 06-13-2012
Archaeologists look for Filipino relics in Annapolis
The Capital 06-11-2012 
MainStreets Annapolis plans for second yearThe Capital 06-07-2012

Tax credit errors spur calls for audits – Baltimore Sun 06-26-12
Tax break errors cost Baltimore millions, Sun investigation finds – Baltimore Sun 06-24-12

Surveys: One-third of historic property tax credit recipients would do rehabs without subsidy – Baltimore Sun 06-22-2012
Sailabration launches War of 1812 bicentennialBaltimore Sun 06-09-2012

Sailors, Marines make 1812 county landmark shipshape
–  Baltimore Sun 06-11-2012

Property’s demolition could beat ordinanceFrederick News-Post 06-08-2012

‘We’ve got to protect what we have left’-
The Gazette 06-21-2012
Bladensburg battles to preserve historic home –
The Gazette 05-29-2012 
Church Hill Town Hall to get exterior refurbishing
Star Democrat 06-28-2012
Fire damages ‘Captain’s House’ in Centreville – Star Democrat 06-24-2012
Archaeologists Uncover Foundation of Maryland’s First State House –
The Baynet 06-21-2012 

10 ways to commemorate the War of 1812 – Baltimore Sun 06-14-2012
The War of 1812: Actors, artifacts and battle re-enactments –
Baltimore Sun 06-13-2012

Pictures: 11 Most Endangered U.S. Historic Sites Named –
National Geographic 06-20-2012
To save a schoolhouse — and history – CNN 06-16-2012

If you have a news article on a preservation-related issue you wish to add to our monthly news round-up, please send the link to me at

Jessica Feldt      

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Colleagues Corner: Summer Specializing

You can fit in water time and preservation time this summer.

Even though summer doesn’t technically begin for another week, schools are getting out, beaches are filling up and the air is filled with the aroma of grilling. When I think of summer, I think of taking time to do something that I love. While I was thinking about what my summer project would be, it occurred to me that my inbox has lately been filled with the professional equivalent of summer projects. There are lots of chances to follow a more specialized preservation passion over the summer. Below are just a few.

Later this week, in Tuskegee, Alabama, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding a national conference on Rosenwald Schools.  The conference page is full of great resources, so even if you are not able to head down to Alabama, you can dig more into these remarkable historic resources.  The resources include a searchable database of schools from Fisk University.

More in the mood for organizational development? Maryland Nonprofits have regular trainings on a variety of development, membership, and general organizational topics throughout the summer.   One that caught my eye happens on July 11 and is called the Social Media Bootcamp. It has social media training for beginners and intermediate levels.

If you’re interests run more towards commissions, this year sees the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions hold their biannual Forum just a few hours away in Norfolk, Virginia. The conference runs July 18 to July 22 and has tours, sessions, roundtables, and networking opportunities. Closer to home the final workshop in the series the Maryland Association of Historic Preservation Commissions has been holding will be June 16 in Easton and will cover Design.

Maybe the National Main Streets conference that happened this past April in Baltimore made you want to participate next year. The 2013 conference will be in historic New Orleans and the call for proposals has gone out. Showcasing the great work done all around Maryland does not have to go away with proximity. If you’re interested in presenting, check out how to submit a session.

Finally, I would be sorely remiss if I didn’t mention the War of 1812 Bicentennial which is seemingly everywhere right now.  It’s exciting for those of us who are becoming more familiar with that chapter of history through the celebration, so I can only imagine the excitement level of the War of 1812 experts out there! I mentioned a lot of what is happening in this feature last month, but the central place to find out what is happening in Maryland is the website of the Maryland War of 1812 Commission. The ships start rolling into the Inner Harbor this weekend and will be around until the 19th of June.  Hope to see you there!

Jessica Feldt

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May Monthly News Round-Up

Downtown Columbia (Howard County)

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

Clifton Mansion to be restored
Baltimore Sun 05-26-12
Inmates rehabilitate Mount Auburn Cemetery –
Baltimore Brew 05-15-12
Unexpected demolition causes stir: Park Hall work prompts outcry from preservationists – Frederick News Post 05-23-12
Frederick War Memorial gets $14,300 in upkeep –
The Gazette 05-03-12

$100 million project to bring upscale apartments, retail to downtown Columbia
Baltimore Sun 05-16-12

Competing Visions for Farmland Set Johns Hopkins against Donor’s FamilyThe Chronicle of Higher Education 05-27-12
First Baptist Church of Silver Spring makes list of endangered historical sites –
The Gazette 05-02-12

Colonial courthouse roof needs replacingThe Star-Democrat 05-11-12
Centreville Wharf, ‘Captain’s houses’ get historical marker  – The Star-Democrat 05-04-12

Commissioners recognize preservation efforts in Washington County
Herald-Mail 05-22-12

Historians fret fate of War of 1812 sites
Baltimore Sun 05-27-12
Western Maryland Trail extension work could start later this year –
Herald-Mail 05-16-12
Interior Secretary Designates Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail –
Southern Maryland News Online 05-16-12
To Know The Bay, We Need Stories –
Southern Maryland News Online 05-01-12

If you have a news article on a preservation-related issue you wish to add to our monthly news round-up, please send the link to me at

Jessica Feldt      

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