In the first Old Line State Summit since the launch of Smart Growth Maryland as a major program of Preservation Maryland, our one-day conference focused on the collaboration, advocacy, and technology needed to make preservation and conservation a reality in more and more of Maryland’s communities.

This year’s Summit attracted the largest group in recent years and made use of multiple locations in historic Frederick, including the Delaplaine Arts Center, the Steiner House, and surrounding streets as a living preservation classroom. Three tracks were offered focused on smart growth and preservation as well as workshop-style sessions on architectural documentation and cemetery documents.

As the Summit’s keynote speaker, Jim Lindberg, Senior Policy Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, discussed the ways the goals of preservation are interconnected with those of advocates for issues like the environment, community health, and equitable development. Jim’s research across these various fields demonstrates the need to build new rules and unwind entrenched thinking on building and keeping communities. The aim to create places that are greener and healthier is a shared goal across preservation and smart growth.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, including the Maryland Historical Trust, Delmar Foundation, Rural Maryland Council, and the Middendorf Foundation and a special thank you to the Delaplaine Arts Center, McClintock Distilling, and Visit Frederick for hosting us in historic Frederick.


Presentations for each of the classroom sessions are available for PDF download on each of their corresponding summary pages. Complete recordings of select sessions are now available on YouTube.


Photos from the Summit

Photography by Melynn Photography


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