PreserveMaryland, the Statewide Preservation Plan 2014-2018
Goal 5: Collaborate to Advance Shared Objectives
Like networking and information-sharing, collaboration helps
partner organizations and agencies make the most of limited resources. In preservation advocacy,
coordination and collaboration can increase the likelihood of success by demonstrating strong
support for a particular outcome, directing consistent focus on that outcome, and enhancing
credibility of partner organizations.
Although participants in the plan drafting indicated few places where preservation advocates worked
in opposition, they identified numerous areas for greater collaboration, that could lead to
greater effectiveness. Feedback from the PreserveMaryland process also highlighted the need for
better state agency collaboration and consistency, as well as collaboration between state
and local government entities.
What We Need to Do to COLLABORATE
Evaluate composition and roles of Council members with the goal of increasing the
advocacy base. Obtain feedback from the larger community and develop an advocacy platform. Engage the statewide network in pushing for that platform.
Preservation Maryland is evaluating the Council and, for the first time in 2015, developed an advocacy
platform for preservation in the state. This included a robust outreach to local constituents and
a grassroots campaign organized around the legendary Barbara
Fritchie of Frederick.
Seek partnerships with the private sector (e.g., American Institute of Architects) in
accomplishing advocacy strategy.
Maryland Heritage Council
Work with Maryland Heritage Council to support statewide advocacy strategy.
MHT Board of Trustees
Evaluate partnerships with state and federal agencies, e.g. DHCD, DBED, DNR,
MDOT (including SHA), NPS. Prioritize opportunities to strengthen work and integrate into agency work plans.
Maryland Dept. of Planning/MHT
Explore opportunities to set and work toward collaborative project goals and
statewide archeological priorities.
MHT archeologists with ASM, state agency and private-sector archeologists
Define statewide goals and strategies to advance K-12 history education through
museums – natural locations for site-specific, experiential and authentic education.
Maryland Council for Social Studies, Small Museum Association, MHT, MAHM, Heritage
Areas, Maryland Humanities Council
Provide updates on PreserveMaryland goals and recommended actions each year.
The first plan update was completed in May 2015. MHT intends to provide additional updates
approximately every six months.
County And Local
Establish quarterly roundtables to discuss projects, goals and opportunities for
Local preservation organizations and Local commissions with Main Streets, Heritage
Areas, MDP regional planners
Coordinate with Preservation Maryland to advance preservation advocacy platform through
outreach to officials in their home offices.
Local preservation organizations, Heritage Areas, Main Streets
Foster relationships with allied groups to advocate locally on quality-of-life
issues, including preservation.
Local preservation organizations, Heritage Areas
Sponsor brown bag lunch presentations among local affiliates.
Local preservation organizations, Local preservation commissions, Main Streets,
Share partnership/collaboration success stories and resources via the statewide network.
Local preservation organizations, Local commissions, Main Streets, Heritage Areas
Form a higher education task force to develop cross-disciplinary projects and find
ways to integrate preservation education into community planning, anthropology, arts and humanities
Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Humanities Council, MHAA; universities
could include UMBC, UM, Morgan State, Washington College, St. Mary’s College;
Create or update web-based directory of county and local affiliates in planning,
parks, recreation, tourism, arts and humanities.
Local (county-wide) preservation organizations, Heritage Areas
Establish a "SWAT team" approach for state and local agencies and non-profits to
better coordinate project reviews for proposed demolitions of historic properties.
MHT, MDP, state agencies (various) with Local commissions, Local preservation organizations
Conduct stewardship review of state-owned historic properties and publish report
defining successes and areas for improvement. Note: Will require additional resources; cannot be achieved with current staff.
Share Your Story
We would love to hear from you! Please share your organization or agency's activities related
to "Collaborating Toward Shared Objectives." 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.