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 has shifted strategy away from the Council and is currently working in
coalition with statewide and local partners to promote advocacy objectives. For the first time
in 2015, PM 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. Subsequent advocacy efforts helped support increased appropriations for the Historic
Preservation Grant Program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Program.
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.
Preservation Maryland and MHT celebrate partnership/collaboration success stories through
their awards programs each year, in addition to highlighting partnerships through
communications outlets, including via guest blogs.
Form a higher education task force to develop cross-disciplinary projects and find ways
to integrate preservation education into community planning, anthropology, arts
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.