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Have you completed the Maryland Preservation Plan 2013 Survey? I am sure by now you have received the link to this survey in a few emails, saw it on Maryland Historical Trust’s Facebook page as well as ours and if you are very tech savvy you got our tweet about it. The question still remains – have you completed it? Even though you know it is important, I imagine the answer could very well be no.
People receive so much email every day and many things require us to respond immediately, so over the course of a week an email that was not dealt with immediately can get lost at the bottom of your inbox. If you are the type of person who is meticulous about responding to emails and you have already taken 10 minutes to fill out the survey, this blog post is not for you. More likely though you read the email or the Facebook posts or the tweets and thought I will get to that later. I am here now to remind you to take a few minutes out of your day and tell MHT your thoughts on historic preservation and historic resources in Maryland.
Taking this survey is important because the responses MHT receives will shape the planning priorities, goals and objectives related to historic preservation over the next five years. The completed preservation plan will provide all of us with a fuller understanding of the issues facing historical and cultural resources in Maryland and will allow us to identify innovative strategies for their recognition, long term care, and enhancement.
After you complete the survey I encourage you to pass it on to friends and colleagues in the preservation field and in related fields. Participation from a broad base of stakeholders is a major component of this planning process and in the end the plan will be stronger if people from across the state and from different disciplines participate.
The survey is just 11 questions and it should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. Remember that by giving your thoughts now you will impact preservation efforts over the next five years. Please encourage others to complete the survey as well, and if you have any questions or comments, contact Tim Leahy at email@example.com.
Margaret De Arcangelis
This post is a salute to a dear personal friend and a dear friend of historic preservation. Next week, Nancy Miller Schamu ends another chapter in her professional career which has covered more than four decades. (Note, I do not use the word “retire,” which I have come to loathe as so many of my contemporaries approach that watershed.) Nancy will merely cease to take the train to Washington DC each day from her home in Baltimore’s Federal Hill. I am confident that her next adventure is right around the figurative corner and betting that it embraces some aspect of history or preservation, perhaps only less structured. With a graduate degree in history and at the dawn of historic preservation in Maryland, Nancy began her career at the Maryland Historical Trust, joining a tiny cadre of staff working under Maryland’s first State Historic Preservation Officer, Orlando Ridout IV. Not long after, I became her less-than-welcome office mate there, but together, we helped raise Maryland’s preservation movement to adolescence, having too much fun to consider it work, until she became Preservation Maryland’s executive director in 1982.
In 1985, Nancy headed for the Hall of the States in Washington DC to become the deputy director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Nancy will be feted by the NCSHPO as its members gather in Washington this week to observe Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. It will be hard to imagine the national preservation community without Nancy’s leadership, and I think ill advised. As she wrote to me not long ago, leaving her workplace of 27 years felt somewhat like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. Nancy, you’ve got a very dependable and secure parachute in place: your experience and reputation. You’ll land softly and be about the next thing that interests you even before we can change your email address! As you, a great Francophile, might say, “Bonne chance!”
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!
On January 9, 2013, the 433rd session of the Maryland General Assembly convened. During this session the General Assembly will consider many issues including gun control, the death penalty, funding roads and mass transit, rebuilding Baltimore’s aging schools, and the construction of offshore wind turbines. The most immediate issue is passing a FY2014 budget which Governor O’Malley introduced on January 16. Included in the Department of Planning’s budget are three historic preservation programs which will need your action. Future Advocacy Alerts will provide dates and locations for hearings on these programs. Fact sheets which provide information on projects supported by each program and the amount we are asking to be appropriated are available on our advocacy resource page.
- Sustainable Communities Rehabilitation Tax Credit: $10 million (level funding from FY2013)
- Maryland Heritage Areas: $3 million (level funding from FY2013)
- African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program: $1 million (level funding from FY2012)
1) Identify your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly by clicking here.
2) Now that the Governor’s budget was released on January 16, please contact your state senator and delegates to encourage their support of the three programs above. Be sure to give them examples of museums, historic sites, and tax-credit projects in your district which have benefited or could benefit from these programs.
3) Use our fact sheets to familiarize yourself with the issues. Also, familiarize yourself with the legislative process and the way the General Assembly works. Our advocacy page has everything you need to begin supporting preservation legislation and budget issues in Maryland. Among the resources are a description of the legislative process, important dates to remember, and talking points on key preservation issues.
4) Join colleagues at the 38th Annual Maryland Preservation Awards hosted by the Maryland Historical Trust on January 31, 2013. The awards ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Governor Calvert Ballroom in the Governor Calvert House located at 58 State Circle, Annapolis. The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.
Your voice is crucial to funding these important programs. Thanks for your support!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has awarded grants totaling $ 20,000 to eight nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Heritage Fund grant program. The Heritage Fund supports preservation projects and organizations through grants that are awarded for a variety of purposes – from emergency repairs to case studies – and range from $ 500 to $ 5,000.
The fund provides direct assistance for the protection of endangered cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. Along with historic sites, buildings, districts, and objects, projects benefiting archaeological resources are eligible for funding. This initiative is jointly sponsored by Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.
In 1996, the two organizations established the grant program to assist local governments and preservation organizations with projects that would not typically be funded by either group’s existing programs. The grants have often been used as matching funds and seed money to initiate or support projects in their infancy or preliminary stages. Projects supported by the fund include bricks and mortar preservation and restoration, heritage tourism, organizational development, and educational, research and planning efforts related to resource preservation.
Heritage Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations.
$ 3,000 Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
$ 2,000 Calvert Marine Museum Society
$ 3,000 Captain Avery Museum
$ 2,000 Coastal Heritage Alliance
$ 2,000 Empire Homes of Maryland
$ 3,000 Sweet Prospect Baptist Church
$ 2,000 Thurmont First
$ 3,000 Warren United Methodist Church
The next deadline for grant applications is February 1, 2013. For further information about the Heritage Fund program, please visit www.PreservationMaryland.org or contact Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director, Preservation Maryland at 410-685-2886 x303 or email@example.com.