Architectural Fieldwork Symposium

The Maryland Historical Trust's annual Architectural Fieldwork Symposium brings together field surveyors, architectural historians, preservation planners, and related practitioners from across the state to discuss recent projects, themes, and methodology.

The 2024 Architectural Fieldwork Symposium was held on March 28, 2024. Information about the 2025 event will be posted in late fall.

Highlights from the 2024 Architectural Fieldwork Symposium

Recprd crowd at the 2024 Symposium MHT Director Elizabeth Hughes welcomed a record crowd to the 2024 Architectural Fieldwork Symposium.
Presentation on the Maryland Slave Dwelling survey Architectural historian Willie Graham presented on the Maryland Slave Dwelling survey, which documented these highly threatened resources.
Conservator Chris Mills showing tools and sample products Conservator Chris Mills spoke about his work restoring interior finishes and provided tools and sample products for attendees to examine.
Presentation by Emelia Lehmann of the National Park Service Emelia Lehmann of the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center shared her work, which produced a historic structure report of the Dellinger House in Washington County.

Past Events

Enjoy some past recorded presentations from the 2020 and 2021 virtual events!

Dendrochronology in the U.S. and Abroad by Michael Worthington

Dendrochronology utilizes the technique known as tree-ring dating to date timbers from historic structures. This process requires a broad understanding of diverse principles from the impact of climate on trees’ annual growth rings to the ability to track a building’s architectural development. This work is critical to our understanding of historic buildings, as dendrochronology frequently results in a realignment of construction dates.

In the Midst of These Plains: Charles County’s Historic Buildings and Landscapesby Nicole A. Diehlmann and Cathy Hardy Thompson

A major benchmark in a county’s architectural survey efforts is the publication of a comprehensive book synthesizing decades of completed fieldwork and research. Co-authors Nicole A. Diehlmann and Cathy Hardy Thompson have recently published such a culmination of research on the historic buildings and landscapes in Charles County, tracking the county’s development through the built environments of agriculture, naval proving grounds, and casinos, to name a few. The book, In the Midst of These Plains: Charles County Buildings and Landscapes, is available for purchase from MHT Press.

Inscribing Significance: Documenting & Interpreting Historic Graffiti in Maryland by Michael J. Emmons, Jr.

A wide array of historic graffiti and vernacular inscriptions can be found on the old surfaces of Maryland's historic buildings, but they are sometimes overlooked and often left undocumented. This presentation highlights several examples of historic graffiti in Maryland, exploring their historical significance and interpretation potential.

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