By Lara Westwood, MHT Librarian, with contributions from MHT staff
The Maryland Historical Trust staff — like so many of you — have been spending a lot more time at home
lately. We have turned to online resources and our home libraries to continue our education in historic
preservation in these unprecedented times. For Preservation Month, here are few of our favorite resources
that you can check out from the comfort of your couch.
Social Media to Follow
#HistoricPreservation on Instagram.
CheapOldHouses – If you are in the
market for a historic fixer-upper, this Instagram account is for you.
Heritage & Historic Preservation –
NPS – Learn more on Facebook about historic preservation efforts led by the National Park
Service across the country.
#HistoricPreservation – A great hashtag to follow on Twitter and Instagram to find out the latest
industry news, trends, and projects.
Maryland Preservation Forum – Request
to join this Facebook group to learn more about preservation projects and events around the state.
MdHistoricalTrust – Follow us on Instagram
to find out more about our work.
OldHouseLove – An Instagram account dedicated
to the beauty of old houses, especially those in need of some TLC.
PoplarForestRestoration – This
Instagram account follows the restoration of Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s second home and one of
the first octagonal houses built in America.
– A hashtag initiative on Instagram and Twitter to showcase historic preservation efforts on the
famous Route 66.
Rainbow Heritage Network – Learn
more about efforts to preserve and document sites related to LGBTQ+ history.
SavingPlaces – Follow the National Trust for
Historic Preservation’s Instagram account for updates on their latest initiatives.
– A hashtag campaign spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Twitter and
Instagram to highlight forgotten spaces and neighborhood pride.
USInterior – The official Instagram account of the
U.S. Department of the Interior features photographs of the country’s most breathtaking spaces.
What_style_is_that – An Instagram
account curated by preservationist Karyn Wen that breaks down American architectural styles and features.
WillieGraham1000 – Architectural historian
Willie Graham shares beautiful photographs of his work in Maryland and Virginia on his Instagram account.
Books to Read
A great resource on architecture and history in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by
Colonial Williamsburg by Cary Carson, Carl Lounsbury, and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – An
in-depth look at the development of the building practices and landscape of the Chesapeake region.
A Field Guide to American houses: the Definitive Guide to
Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia McAlester, Lee
McAlester, Suzanne Patton Matty, and Steve Clicque – An excellent reference for both the professional
and amateuer architectural historian to learn more about the styles seen in your own neighborhood.
Identifying American Architecture: a Pictorial Guide to
Styles and Terms, 1600-1945 by John J-G Blumenson – A quick reference for identifying
An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and
Landscape by Carl Lounsbury, Vanessa Elizabeth Patrick, and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – Learn
the terms for architectural elements present in colonial buildings down the eastern seaboard.
Preserving African American Historic Places by
Brent Leggs, Kerri Rubman, and Byrd Wood – A guide to documenting and preserving spaces that have
been often overlooked by mainstream preservation efforts.
Websites to Surf
Sah-archipedia.org, a peer-reviewed encyclopedia of architectural terms and images.
ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
Photobank – Explore photographs of sites of historical significance across the globe.
Library of Congress Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey – Search
documentation on the country’s historic places created by the National Park Service since 1933.
Our History, Our Heritage – The MHT blog
where we share stories about our projects, grants, and research.
– A one-stop website for all things historic preservation, including a listing of historic house
museums, historic real estate for sale, law library, and more.
SAH Archipedia – A comprehensive online encyclopedia of
American architecture created by the Society of Architectural Historians.
Technical Preservation Services – Learn more about
the National Park Service’s historic preservation work and find online classes and publications, such
as the Technical Briefs.
UNESCO – Learn more about worldwide initiatives to protect
international heritage sites.
Glossary of Classical Architecture – An image library of ancient architectural elements.
Videos to Watch
Heritage Five Minute Histories – Learn more about Baltimore landmarks in these short but
informative videos presented by Baltimore Heritage.
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
online classes – While focused on the history of the Big Easy, the Preservation Center offers
webinars on a variety of historic preservation topics, including wood window restoration and home decor
Podcasts to Listen to
99% Invisible – Host Roman Mars explores “the
unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world” on this podcast.
Preservation Podcast – Presented by Keperling Preservation Services, this podcast features
interviews with industry experts and discusses the importance of historic preservation.
PreserveCast – Preservation Maryland Executive Director
Nicholas Redding conducts interviews on his monthly podcast on all manner of subjects related to
Taken from Historic
Preservation at Home, blog post, May 21, 2020, by Lara Westwood. Other sites and other links will be added to this list as they
Please note: appearance on this list does not represent an endorsement by the State of Maryland or
the Maryland Historical Trust. Happy exploring!