We currently present the following awards:
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exceptional leadership and commitment to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the length and nature of service or project, record of achievement, and the nominee’s overall impact on the statewide preservation movement.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exemplary stewardship of Maryland’s historic building, collections, landscapes, and archaeological sites.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the degree to which the project conforms to applicable professional standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the degree to which the project has successfully protected a historic resource from harm. Nominated projects should have been completed within the last two years.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize projects demonstrating excellence in the revitalization of threatened or abandoned historic resources.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the project’s impact on historic preservation and community revitalization.
GEARHART PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD
Presented to an individual who is employed as a professional by a historic preservation organization, agency or academic institution and who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, knowledge, and creativity in the protection and preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archeological sites.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of the person’s achievements and their contributions to the preservation of Maryland’s history and culture.
PRESERVATION ARTISAN AWARD
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the art and artistry of a craft or trade that is used in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, or archaeological sites in Maryland.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the person’s demonstrated excellence in the practice of their craft as well as their ability to inspire and willingness to teach others the skills needed to perform their trade.
Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions to historic preservation in Maryland.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the extent to which the individual or group’s preservation project made a substantial contribution to saving historic resources in Maryland.
COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD
There is so much that makes Maryland great, what make’s Maryland great to you? Your favorite dog park or hiking trail and scenic view, your neighborhood preservation group, the best cup of coffee or fresh catch you’ve ever had, a main street art festival or museum you stumbled upon following brown cultural signs. Take this opportunity to share your Best of Maryland.