Call for Abstracts
The Maryland Historical Trust invites the submission of presentation abstracts for our annual Architectural Fieldwork Symposium scheduled for March 28, 2024. The symposium will be held in person at MHT offices in Crownsville, Maryland. The event brings together field surveyors, architectural historians, preservation planners, and related practitioners from across the region to discuss recent research and innovative project methodologies.
Presentations must be analytical rather than descriptive and should place the subject in the broader context of political, social, architectural, cultural, and economic influences of the period. We are interested in showcasing recent fieldwork, thematic studies that highlight a particular property type or aspect of Maryland's history, the documentation of underrepresented communities, and broader regional studies that can inform our work in Maryland.
If you're interested in highlighting recent research or a documentation project from your agency, county, or firm, please consider submitting a brief one-page proposal, not to exceed 350 words, outlining your topic. The presentations will be 20 minutes in length with a 5 to 10-minute Q&A afterward.
The submission deadline for presentation proposals is
December 1, 2023. Notification of accepted submissions will be sent via email no later than
December 31, 2023. All symposium presenters will receive a small honorarium for their efforts.
The presentation abstract should include the following:
- A presentation title and topic sentence
- A 250 to 350-word description of the presentation
- A brief bio of the presenter(s)
We look forward to receiving your presentation abstracts! Please direct any questions to Heather Barrett, Administrator of Architectural Research, at
Highlights from the 2022 Architectural Fieldwork Symposium
DNR staff member Angela Crenshaw presented on the Howard Heritage Project, a new Maryland Park Service effort to document and share the Howard family’s journey from enslavement to freedom in Montgomery County.
John Gentry of EHT Traceries shared recent documentation of buildings designed by early women architects, including the Hirsch Residence in Havre de Grace, work of pioneering architect Poldi Hirsch.
MHT staff member Jessica French provided attendees with an update from recent National Register listings.
Master joiner Amy McAuley of Mount Vernon provided an overview of historic woodworking and brought a selection of tools, including planes.
Enjoy some past recorded presentations from the 2020 and 2021 virtual events!
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