PreserveMaryland, the Statewide Preservation Plan 2014-2018
Goal 4: Build Capacity and Strengthen Networks
For the preservation community to be most effective and efficient, it is critical for
professionals and advocates to share information and resources. Networking and
information-sharing becomes even more important when groups are isolated, under-staffed
or lacking in financial and organizational capacity.
In Maryland, the strongest relationships typically have existed on the regional or
county levels. For many years, preservation activity sprung from a network of county-wide
historical trusts which were supported by MHT. Some historical trusts survive with local
support (e.g., Washington, Kent, Harford, and Somerset), but others have been absorbed
by other organizations or have disappeared.
In addition to those county-wide networks still in existence, regional heritage areas
and museum consortia have stepped up to take on some networking functions. Statewide
networks such as Main Streets, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, the
Maryland Association of History Museums and Preservation Maryland have addressed some of the
demand for networking, but there is currently no organization or umbrella that
reliably brings the whole preservation community together.
What We Need to Do to STRENGTHEN
Renew the Colleagues Program as the inclusive, central network for the statewide
Preservation Maryland with Main Street Maryland, MAHM, Heritage Areas, MAHDC,
Local preservation organizations, Local commissions
Preservation Maryland offered its fourth year of Preservation Summer School in 2016,
developed in partnership with MHT, Main Street, MAHM, MAHDC and others. In 2017 PM
transitioned the day-long workshop to become the
Line State Summit, also held
annually, with more of a conference format. The Summit is also developed in
partnership with statewide and local agencies and organizations involved in
preservation. MAHDC also offers a day-long symposium each year, developed in
partnership with local commissions and MHT.
Create a clearinghouse for training resources and opportunities and publish
on central hub (website) that links to other sites.
Preservation Maryland with MHT, Main Street, MAHM, MAHDC and others
Preservation Maryland has launched a series of
"Town Hall" meetings around the
state, first to address the Maryland legislative session. MAHDC hosts
networking opportunities. Heritage Areas, including Four Rivers and Heart of
the Civil War, conduct regular workshop and training events. Statewide partners
frequently cross-promote events.
County and Local
Work with Preservation Maryland to develop a protocol for sharing local
contact information and ideas.
Local preservation organizations with Preservation Maryland
Work with MAHDC to develop a protocol for sharing local commission
contact information and ideas.
Local commissions with MAHDC
Use Heritage Area coordinating committees and regional planners to feed
information into the network.
Organizations are currently sharing news and success stories on the Maryland Preservation Forum, a
Facebook group hosted by Preservation Maryland. MHT has also solicited guest blogs from locals to
spotlight success stories around the state.
Foster regional, multi-county preservation networks to better address regional needs.
Preservation Maryland with Heritage Areas, Main Street, MAHM, MAHDC, MHT, Scenic
Byways (SHA) and others
Increase funding to provide technical support to local governments and commissions around the
In 2014, MHT received funding from the National Park Service to support a multi-year
program (including staff) to develop guidance and training on hazard mitigation and historic
and cultural properties.
Engage planners in local and emerging preservation districts to share success stories
MAHDC, MHT, MDP regional planners
Share Your Story
We would love to hear from you! Please share your organization or agency's
activities related to "Building Capacity and Strengthening Networks." As much as possible, we
will highlight case studies and achievements in each goal area, so that we can learn from
one another and continue to make progress over the life of the plan.