The power of history is something well known to historians and preservationists across Maryland, but hearing our governor recently make a compelling case for the critical value of history at this moment is reason to celebrate. While addressing the graduating class of 2023 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Gov. Wes Moore used his platform to detail the role that history — and an awareness of history — plays in public and private life.

The Baltimore Banner recently published a commentary piece from President & CEO Nicholas Redding, in partnership with Maryland Center for History and Culture’s President & CEO Katie Caljean.

“As leaders of two of the largest history and preservation organizations in the state of Maryland, we could not allow this moment to pass without recognizing that Gov. Moore put into words what our organizations have been dedicated to for nearly 271 years, collectively. The power, value, relevance and place for history in society is a cause to which we are both committed and that we practice in our daily work — with Preservation Maryland working to preserve, interpret and restore historic places and the Maryland Center for History and Culture collecting, interpreting and breathing life into objects, documents, and ephemera from our state’s long story. We are thankful to have a governor who appreciates the power of history. Our organizations are committed to working with the new administration to address some of the challenges faced by historians, museums and preservation organizations here in Maryland.”

Read the full letter in the Baltimore Banner