Welcome to the Maryland Historical Trust's Summer 2017 Newsletter! Each quarter, we deliver the news you need to keep up to date on our  preservation programs. Please feel free to forward this email to  other friends who might wish to subscribe!
COMPETITIVE COMMERCIAL TAX CREDIT APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 31

Owners of income-producing properties have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit (capped at $3 million) that is equal to 20 percent of eligible rehabilitation expenses for substantial rehabilitation projects. Substantial rehabilitation projects are defined as projects with eligible expenses that exceed the greater of the adjusted basis value of the structure or $25,000.  For additional information and application materials, please click  here .

FY 2018 NON-CAPITAL GRANT ROUND GENERATES HUGE RESPONSE

Following the announcement of new funding available for  non -capital projects such as survey, research and planning, 163 people registered for two introductory workshops, and to date, we have received 56 preliminary applications for more than $1.4 million. Final applications are due August 14. Although we have very limited funding for FY18,  the response demonstrates an intense demand and we hope that we can provide assistance in future years as well. Stay tuned! 
Historic Beach Resorts of Anne Arundel County
By C. Jane Cox and John Kille, Anne Arundel County Staff

From the  late 1800s through the 1960s, residents of Washington and Baltimore flocked to the Bay and its many rivers, first by steamboat, then by rail, and finally by automobile, to relax and create unforgettable moments with family, friends, and new acquaintances.   Each summer visitors came by the thousands to the shores of Anne Arundel County for netted beaches, dance pavilions, gaming halls, and amusement rides.   Before the Civil Rights Act ended segregation in the 1960s, African American and Jewish communities responded to the overt racism of the Jim Crow era by establishing their own popular beaches and communities.
Anne Arundel County developed maps and other interpretive materials to help residents and tourists understand the beach resorts' history.
The decline of Bay beach resorts in the late 20th
century was tied to several factors. Most notably, the rise of automobile culture, improved road systems, and the opening of the Bay Bridge in 1952 offered ease of access to Atlantic beaches, establishing Ocean City as a major vacation destination. Resistance to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a ban on slot machines at resorts placed the final nail in the coffin, and water access by local citizens in the County became increasingly privatized and for the exclusive use of waterfront property owners, a trend that is still seen today.
 
Sign dedication at Mayo Beach Park
Unfortunately, physical evidence for these sites and the memories of those who spent their leisurely summers at them in the early to mid-20th
century are fading fast in the face of development . With a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County's Division of Cultural Resources recently completed a project designed to promote the interesting history surrounding more than 100  beach resorts, summer communities, and recreational areas that lined the County's shores.
 
One project highlight was a "Public History Day" for the community at Mayo Beach Park in Edgewater, which attracted over 500 visitors for lectures and displays hosted by  local historians and researchers. The team began collecting oral history interviews from locals who enthusiastically recalled their experiences a beach resorts in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Other programming supported by the MHAA project included: a history hike and hands-on archeology event at Beverly Triton Beach Park for nearly 150 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at Central Middle School; an event for Plein Air  painters associated with local Artists Guilds, where dozens spent a day capturing the beauty and history of the Beverly Triton Beach Park on canvas; a Beverly Triton Beach Park Heritage Hike Trail Map; and the installation of two 3 ft. x 2 ft. outdoor interpretive signs installed at Beverly Triton Beach and Mayo Beach parks.
" Pleine Air" painting at Beverly Triton Beach Park
The County team included Dr. John Kille, Stephanie Sperling, Amanda Melton, Jane Cox, Darian Beverungen, and Anastasia Poulos, along with several dedicated volunteers that developed programs and hosted events. The County also partnered with the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, a local non-profit that supported a consultant to research waterfront places and stories.

As the beach resort heyday sinks deeper into our past, it is imperative to not just physically preserve what remains of this significant local history, but also to document and share how these spaces helped shape our communities over time.
INSIDE THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL TRUST

To help you keep track of changing faces at MHT, we've added this section to highlight new staff, retirements and other news. Congratulations to Elizabeth Totten, our new Preservation Officer for tax credits; Jen Ruffner, newly promoted to Administrator of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program; and Casey Pecoraro, newly promoted to Architectural Survey Administrator. At Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Desiree Smith joined the staff as Public Services Coordinator; Julie Hall was promoted from Education Coordinator to Director of Education; Laura Gharst joined the staff as Volunteer Activities Coordinator; and  Annette Cook, MAC Lab Public Archaeology Assistant, resigned . You can find contact information for Crownsville staff here and for JPPM and the MAC Lab here.
FY2016 ANNUAL REPORTS

FY2016 Annual Reports for the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority are now online! Learn more about our programs and accomplishments, as well as funding distribution. This year, we made a change from the calendar to the fiscal year, so look for the FY2017 reports before the end of the year.
OUR HISTORY, OUR HERITAGE:  BLOG ROUND-UP

A Maryland Patriot's Annapolis Home (Guest Blog)
Glenn Campbell, Senior Historian,
Historic Annapolis
Maryland Historical Trust Director Honored with Award
MHT Staff


The Life of a Roadside Historical Marker
Nancy Kurtz, Marker and Monuments Program


Introducing Map-Based Medusa
Gregory Brown, Cultural Resource Information Manager



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