Maryland Historical Trust Staffer Honored for Museum Work

By J. Rodney Little, Director of the Maryland Historical Trust

For 15 years, Mary Alexander has administered the Maryland Historical Trust’s Museum Assistance Program, offering all manner of assistance to Maryland’s museums, particularly those classified as small.

Alexander and SMA Volunteers

Left to right: Lindsey Baker, Rob Forloney, Mary Alexander, Rod Cofield, Sarah Brophy, Allison Titman at the February 2014 SMA conference in Ocean City.

Celebrating those efforts, the Small Museum Association honored Alexander’s outstanding contributions to the field by awarding her the association’s highest honor earlier this month. The Small Museum Association Award recognizes an individual who advances funding, professional growth and information dissemination to the small museum community on a regional or state level. Continue reading

Celebrating Maryland’s Preservation Awards and Huntingtown High School

By Patricia Samford, Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Pictured left to right: Joyce Leviton (Senator Cardin's Office),  Kim Popetz (MAC Lab), Christiana Nisbet, Jeff Cunningham,  Madison Wilson, and Patricia Samford.

Pictured left to right: Joyce Leviton (Senator Cardin’s Office), Kim Popetz (MAC Lab), Christiana Nisbet, Jeff Cunningham, Madison Wilson, and Patricia Samford.

A team of high school students from Huntingtown High School (HHS) who researched a mid-19th century privy pit as part of an archeology project with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) and discovered a wealth of Civil War-era household items, was recognized yesterday with a 2014 Maryland Preservation Award from the Maryland Historical Trust.

Nominations Being Accepted – 38th Annual Maryland Preservation Awards

Representatives of the Ridgely Rosenwald School, 2012 Award Recipients

Representatives of the Ridgely Rosenwald School, 2012 Award Recipients

The Maryland Historical Trust began its tradition of honoring outstanding preservation efforts throughout the state in 1975 with the creation of the Calvert Prize.  The Maryland Preservation Awards are presented annually by the Board of Trustees and honor outstanding achievements in the following categories:  Leadership and Service; Education and Community Engagement; Project Excellence; and Stewardship. The awards recognize activities in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, museums, cultural conservation, education, and related fields and represent the best of preservation in Maryland.   Continue reading