Eleven Historic Sites to Save: Maryland Life Magazine Announces
the 2011 "Endangered Maryland" Candidates
Each one has a different story: a 19th century cemetery that is the final resting place of war veterans, slaves and freedmen; a gymnasium that over the years served as both a women's school and an Army medical facility; the oldest standing structure connected to Methodism. What they have in common is a need to be saved-historic treasures that have fallen on hard times, now requiring restoration and preservation. This year, 11 sites make up "Endangered Maryland," an annual list of at-risk properties featured in Maryland Life Magazine. The list, found in the March/April issue, hits newsstands this week.
"Endangered Maryland" is a partnership between Preservation Maryland, the state's oldest historic preservation organization, and Maryland Life. Since its inception, Dr. Donald Linebaugh, director of the University of Maryland's Historic Preservation program, has chaired the selection committee. The committee, made up of 12 preservationists, volunteer countless hours reviewing hundreds of submissions from property owners, historians, architects and concerned citizens.
"The Endangered Maryland committee has been a wonderful collaborative experience," says Linebaugh. "The process has been a learning experience in itself, and offers us an opportunity to consider and highlight the multiple ways in which the citizens of Maryland think about and value a broad range of heritage resources."
The goal of "Endangered Maryland" is to raise awareness of these sites and inspire citizens to action. Years past have featured country stores, landscapes, barns, traditional homes and even skipjacks. The selection process is lengthy and difficult, but the payoff is substantial; of the approximately 40 properties featured over four years, only one could not be saved.
To see the full list of this year's selected sites, visit Maryland Life.
For more information on Preservation Maryland, visit Preservation Maryland.
Photo credited to Edwin Remsberg.
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