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Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission’s Youth Summit

In the fall of 2014 the Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission hosted a National Alliance for Preservation Commissions CAMP workshop. During the activities that day, the concept of a youth summit was a point of discussion and something that had not yet taken place locally. As a result, the Historic Preservation Commission requested and received Certified Local Government grant funding through the Maryland Historical Trust to fund a local Youth Summit, targeting the 2015-2016 school year. Project partners included Allegany College of Maryland, the National Park Service C&O Canal National Historical Park, and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. The concept was enthusiastically received by the staff of Braddock Middle School in Cumberland and an engaging schedule was developed, allowing for a core group of eighth grade students to work throughout the year in a variety of activities. Continue reading.

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City of Frederick Surveys Historic Preservation Commission Applicants

As a result of an extensive public outreach effort in 2010, the City of Frederick Planning Department started inviting all applicants who completed the Historic Preservation Commission review process to fill out an online survey by the end of 2011. The survey link is provided to the applicant in the email that contains their follow up letter—either a Certificate of Approval, Certificate of Administrative Approval, or Notice of Denial. The survey consists of ten questions. Continue reading.

City of Cambridge Holds its First Preservation Awards

To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, the City of Cambridge held its first annual Preservation Awards Ceremony on May 27, 2016 to recognize the efforts of local business, organizations, and individuals who have contributed significantly to preservation efforts in the City. The ceremony was held at City Council Chambers where Acting Mayor Donald Sydnor gave a welcoming address and Patricia Weichmann, Historic Preservation Commission Chair, presented the awards. The inaugural honorees represent a diverse group committed to the preservation of the cultural heritage of Cambridge and Dorchester County.  Awards were given out for Preservation Project, Commercial Rehabilitation, Residential Preservation Project, and Preservation Service. Continue reading.

Legal Symposium Recap

On June 11th in Annapolis, Maryland, preservationists from around the region met to discuss what it takes to create, defend, and enforce a strong preservation ordinance. By the numbers:

•    4 Sessions
•    2 Keynotes
•    43 Participants
•    14 Jurisdictions Represented

Will Cook, Associate General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, gave a powerful keynote that spoke to the need for enforcement of local preservation ordinances.  Andrea C. Ferster, a historic preservation attorney based in Washington, DC, offered a comprehensive analysis of local preservation laws in her keynote and reminded participants how important it is for all preservationists to work together towards our mutual goals. The day’s four themed sessions provided a broad and varied look at what it takes to create the most effective preservation laws. During the day’s events, preservationists from Maryland, DC, and Virginia came together to brainstorm on problems facing preservationists across the region and walked away with new ideas, and a network of support for creating and defending their local preservation laws. Continue reading.


July 21, 2016 – Preservation Summer School: “Forward from Fifty”, Frederick, MD

July 27-31, 2016 – National Alliance of Preservation Commission FORUM 2016, Mobile, AL

August 2, 2016 – Design Review: The Planner’s Perspective, Webinar

September 2016 (TBD) – HPC 200.     Connecting with Your Community: Communication, Education, and Outreach