Maryland Historical Trust Director Honored with Award

On May 11, 2017, at the College Park Aviation Museum, Preservation Maryland – the statewide non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation– awarded Maryland Historical Trust director Elizabeth Hughes its Special Recognition award. This award is reserved for projects or individuals who have exhibited exceptional merit in the field of preservation.

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Elizabeth Hughes with Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nick Redding

Governor Larry Hogan appointed Elizabeth as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Officer and confirmed her appointment by the Board of Trustees as the MHT director in 2015. Prior to her appointment, she had served as the agency’s deputy director. As Preservation Maryland executive director Nick Redding said in his remarks:

“She has shepherded the organization into a new era for preservation – finding ways to help preserve diverse places and stories while also maintaining an agency with the responsibility and oversight of a critical tax credit program and millions of dollars in annual funding. For these reasons alone, she deserves our recognition, but in addition to her work here in Maryland, Elizabeth has quietly and humbly served as the President of the National Council of State Historic Preservation Officers. During her tenure as President of this organization, she proudly represented the Old Line State and helped see that the federal historic preservation fund was re-authorized… If not re-authorized, this program, like many others would currently be on the chopping block. But, thanks to Elizabeth’s leadership, testimony and strategy, the Fund is secure and will provide millions of dollars in support to preservationists around the nation.”

Many thanks to Preservation Maryland for recognizing Elizabeth’s achievements and congratulations to Elizabeth on her award!

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Director Elizabeth Hughes with Deputy Director Anne Raines

 

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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