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
Develop protocols for list-sharing and information distribution. Over the
long-term, expand to include affiliated groups for whom preservation is a secondary
focus or interest.
All regional and statewide entities: Preservation Maryland, MHT, Main Street,
Heritage Areas, MAHM, MAHDC, etc.
Preservation Maryland has launched a series of "Town Hall" meetings around the state, first to address the Maryland legislative
session. MAHDC hosts regional networking
opportunities. 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
Engage planners in local and emerging preservation districts to share success
stories and tools.
MAHDC, MHT, MDP regional plannerss
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.