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Nominations Open for 2018 Historic Preservation Awards

What good news would you like to celebrate?? Restoration of a historic house or business place? Responsible stewardship? New design and construction that respects the old? Rescue of a burial site? A suburban garden or rural landscape? A group that has made a difference in your community? Neighborhood improvements? An educational program or project? A museum mission and programs?
Nominations can be made by neighbors, friends, and those associated with the good news.

MPI is happy to help you weave your admiration into a nomination form. Contact Eileen at 301-468-7331 or email awards@montgomerypreservation.org

Nominations are due by Friday, October 19, 2018.

Co-hosting the 31st annual awards with MPI are Germantown Historical Society and Boyds Historical Society.

The event will be held on March 22, 2019, at Seneca Lodge, a lovely Montgomery Parks facility on Clopper Road in Boyds.

2018 Maryland Burial Sites Legislation

In a session where major issues of gun control, school safety and funding, climate change and medical coverage captured the headlines, the General Assembly took time to protect Maryland’s history and sacred burial sites.  The effort required 2 bold sponsors, a core group of resolute advocates, 5 House and Senate committees, and hundreds of emails and phone calls to pass the first burial sites legislation since the 1990s.  The signature of Governor Hogan is still required.

While half of the changes proposed by the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites and allies did not survive in committees, the Coalition is happy to report that starting on June 1, 2018, descendants and caretakers will gain easier access, owners will be required to consult with the Maryland Historical Trust about conservation treatment, and counties and towns are now authorized to provide a property tax credit related to burial sites.

Appreciation goes to bill sponsors Delegate Tony Knotts of Prince George’s County and Senator Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City, to the Maryland Association of Counties, David Zinner, Funeral Consumers Alliance, The War of 1812 Society in Maryland, and to all Marylanders who urged legislators to improve state law for the benefit of abandoned and neglected cemeteries.

The precise new wording in sections of the Annotated Code of Maryland will be posted on www.cpmbs.org when those details are available.

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Documenting and Protecting Montgomery County Burial Sites

Two ground-breaking laws passed by a unanimous County Council and a huge initiative led by MPI are boosting odds for the survival of all local burial sites. In October 2017, the Council tasked the Montgomery County Planning Board with management of an inventory of cemeteries in our county.  The timing was perfect, as even before the effective date of February 9, 2018, MPI was prepared to begin the Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited project to document all known cemeteries here. Under the enthusiastic and steady hand of project coordinator Glenn Wallace, this initiative is right on schedule, with volunteers in the field as you read this.  Learn about this project on the Historic Cemeteries page of this website.

The second new County law is designed to protect burial sites during any subdivision and development process.  To be effective on July 1, 2018, a new full-time dedicated employee at Montgomery Planning must be included in the County’s FY19 Operating Budget.

Both of these laws will aid property owners, descendants, and advocates to identify all cemeteries in Montgomery County as well to enable their survival for the appreciation of current and future generations. MPI thanks the lead sponsors of these bills—Council members Berliner, Leventhal, and Rice—and all Council members who voted to protect local burial sites.

Advocates for local cemeteries can soon rest a bit easier because sites will be listed in an official inventory that covers the entire County, including municipalities with their own planning and zoning authority, and that all cemeteries will be protected during the subdivision and development process. This is a solid victory for all of our cemeteries — of whatever size and age, in neglected or good condition, of religious or family background, whether African American or White in origin, or whether currently in the news or quietly waiting in the background to be documented and rejuvenated.

Read more about  Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited project.

Review Bill 24-17 Land Use Information and SRA 17-01 Approval Procedures.
Land Use Information – Burial sites
Approval Procedures – Burial sites

More information will be added to this website as the project progresses.

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Historic Silver Spring Public Library Proposal Accepted

Historic Silver Spring Public Library proposal accepted

Neighbors and preservationists are thrilled that Montgomery County Government recently announced that the historic 1957 Silver Spring Public Library will be adaptively reused as the Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center Inc. with Centronia.
The winning Gudelsky proposal respects the integrity of the library, its intact rolling land, and the neighborhood.
See the project proposal here.
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Historic Preservation in Montgomery County

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MPI Open Houses at the Station

The first Saturdays of the month 10 am to 3 pm

Always FREE! Bring the whole family!

Join us for train-watching, fun, and appreciation!

Each month brings a new program. Visit this website again as details are posted.

Saturday, September 1

Open House 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday, October 6

Open House 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday, November 3

Open House 10 am – 3 pm

Handicap parking and some other spots are available around the train station. 
Plenty of parking in the lots and public garage just across Georgia Avenue near the corner of Sligo Avenue. 

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Silver Spring B&O Station

The historic train station is a beloved historic landmark and a community resource. After a disastrous car accident that severely damaged the station’s main facade in 1997, MPI rescued the station and, with assistance from private and public sources, restored it to its 1945 appearance. Today this museum of 20th century rail history regularly welcomes visitors, meetings, celebrations, and the general public.

The station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is protected by an easement held by the Maryland Historical Trust. Visit the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station tab for more detailed information about station history, open houses, and rentals.

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Getting Started?

New to historic preservation or to how it works in Montgomery County? Visiting and learning about Montgomery County’s bountiful historic sites is a great way to start. Getting involved with any of the groups that share your interest in local historic places is the next step. Do you prefer Victorian homes, African American history, former schoolhouses, public buildings, Modernist architecture, rural cemeteries, or transportation history? Montgomery County has them all!

You can sample local history at Montgomery County Heritage Days, this year on June 23 and 24. Check out individual groups and historic sites on the RESOURCES section of this website. And please return here to follow the (future) link to help you get started in Historic Preservation in Montgomery County!

— Under Construction —

Even while this website is under construction, MPI wants you to have the latest news.  Our full website is coming soon, so please bear with its incompleteness for a while longer.
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