The Mid-Atlantic preservation community will convene at the Old Line State Summit on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. The one-day conference will focus on innovative and adaptable sessions, including a how-to session by leaders in the field of LGBTQ research and interpretation for approaching and including diverse history at historic sites.

Event Recap: Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees for your participation in the Old Line State Summit on July 12, 2017 in Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy. Many of the sessions have been recorded and presentations made available as a free resource to the preservation community on the Preservation Maryland website.

Conference Materials


Throughout the United States, interest is growing in preserving sites related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history. But where to start in identifying, documenting, and designating these places? In this workshop, Megan Springate of the National Park Service and Susan Ferentinos, a consultant specializing in LGBTQ history, will discuss efforts already undertaken by the federal government to assist in this process and some starting points for identifying and preserving sites in your own community.



Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant based in Bloomington, IN, and Philadelphia, PA. Her specialties include LGBTQ and women’s history, as well as project management. She is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), which won the 2016 Book Award from the National Council on Public History. Currently, Dr. Ferentinos is working on a number of LGBTQ historic preservation projects for the National Park Service. She can be found online and @HistorySue.


MEGAN SPRINGATE NATIONAL PARK SERVICEMegan Springate is Interpretation Coordinator in the Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education at the National Park Service Washington Support Office in DC. She is also an historical archaeologist and a PhD candidate  in Anthropology at the University of Maryland.

Preservation Maryland convenes the preservation community and industry of the Mid-Atlantic at their annual conference! This year the Old Line State Summit will be held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and offers an engaging keynote speaker, interactive group sessions, and two tracks of sessions that will include topics, such as; replacement materials, historic house museums, LGBTQ interpretation, preservation advocacy, and organizational fundraising. Preservation Maryland expects nearly 150 diverse participants, including architects, planners, engineers, conservators, community volunteers, museum professionals, Main Street managers, fundraisers, small business owners, students and many more to attend the Summit.