The Maryland Preservation Awards, presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical
Trust, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and
community development projects in the state. Since 1975, the Maryland Historical Trust has honored the
outstanding preservation efforts of more than 250 individuals and projects throughout the state.
The awards honor and celebrate significant achievements by individuals, businesses, contractors,
non-profit organizations, local governments and others who protect, promote, share and give continued
life to the historic places and cultural heritage that make our great state unique.
The Board of Trustees encourages nominations for a wide variety of historic and cultural preservation
activities including those undertaken by Main Street and community development organizations, museums, heritage
areas, historic preservation commissions, elected officials, neighborhood organizations, homeowners and
Awards are presented in four categories.
Leadership and Service
Awards presented for Leadership and Service recognize individuals and organizations for laudable activities or
accomplishments that advance the public’s appreciation, understanding and involvement in historic preservation
or archeology in Maryland.
Education and Community Engagement
Awards presented for Education and Community Engagement recognize outstanding achievements by
individuals, organizations, government agencies, and others in developing and producing projects and
materials that educate and engage the public with Maryland’s past.
Project Excellence awards are presented to property owners, project sponsors, contractors, and other
entities for restoration or rehabilitation projects of all sizes, scopes, and on all types of
properties. The design, materials, and workmanship of honored projects must demonstrate superlative
historic preservation standards.
Stewardship Awards recognize outstanding effort and intent toward the maintenance and preservation of
historic properties by individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies of all types
and sizes. These awards acknowledge the hard work, time, effort, money, and dedication that are often
required to maintain and preserve historically significant buildings and sites.