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Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program Is Accepting FY2024 Applications

Intents to Apply are due July 1, 2024, and complete applications are due August 1, 2024.

The Maryland Historical Trust is happy to announce that the Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program is now accepting applications for FY 2025!

Funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to MHT for non-capital grants. Eligible projects involve research, survey, documentation, conservation, planning, and educational activities concerning historic, architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Common grant projects include historic architectural or archaeological surveys, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, historic contexts and thematic studies, and enhancements of qualifying archaeological collections.

Visit their website to find out more about this grant opportunity, including grant guidelines and a sample application.

Applicants are encourage to contact MHT staff prior to application submission to discuss project eligibility and the proposed scope of work. For architecture-related projects, please contact Heather Barrett, Administrator of Architectural Research, at heather.barrett@maryland.gov. For archaeology-related projects, please contact Dr. Matt McKnight, Chief Archaeologist, at matthew.mcknight@maryland.gov.

Historic Takoma’s Reading Room Welcomes Visitors

Historic Takoma's Reading RoomHistoric Takoma, a MPI Member Organization, is opening its Reading Room from 1 PM – 4 PM on the first and third Sundays of each month. Hours and dates will be expanded in the future based on public interest and availability of volunteers to staff the room.

The Reading Room marks the first time Historic Takoma has established regular visiting hours. The Reading Room contains Historic Takoma’s reference collections and archives. At this time only the reference collections will be open to the public. Processing and cataloging of the research archives continues. Access to the research archives is possible by appointment.

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Heritage Montgomery Releases New Transportation Brochure

Heritage Montgomery has released a new brochure titled Rivers, Roads & Rails: Transportation in Montgomery County. The large, fold-out brochure documents the extensive history of transportation within the county, including the Potomac River, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, multiple trolley lines, its Rustic Roads and Scenic Byways, and the various historic sites that preserve transportation history.

Find out more information.

The Former Flower Theatre’s Facade Restoration Is Complete

MPI congratulates the Silver Spring nonprofit MHP for restoring the facade features, which hearken back to the Theatre’s original condition when it opened in 1950. The project’s scope of work included replacement of the iconic Flower neon sign that adorns the top of the theater, relighting of the marquee, restoration of the ticket booth, and other associated repairs.

Want to learn more about this accomplishment and how the restoration will benefit the community? Visit MHP’s website.

Peerless Rockville and Bethesda Historical Society Celebrate Big Wins

Rockville’s Historic District Commission on Jan. 18 voted unanimously that the Art Deco Farmers Bank meets multiple criteria for historic designation.  MPI congratulates Peerless Rockville, a MPI Member Organization, for shepherding this process and recommending that the HDC move on to consider other Recent Past sites. Find out more at http://www.peerlessrockville.org. View MPI’s letter of support.

Art Deco Bank Rockville
Photograph by Peerless Rockville

The Bethesda Historical Society, a MPI Member Organization, formed the nonprofit Bethesda Meeting House Foundation to purchase and restore the “church that named Bethesda” for community use.  Read more about the sale, a brief history of the property, and how you can help at bethesdahistoricalsociety.org.

Bethesda Meeting House
Photograph by Jenna Bloom, MOCO360

In Memoriam: Fred Schirrmacher, Builder of Model Railroad Display

Fred Schirmmacher
Credit: Leah L. Jones, Gazette Photographer

Fred Schirmmacher at the B&O Station
Credit: John Sery

“Mr. Fred [Schirrmacher] says, ‘It’s designed to make children smile; that’s what it’s for.’ A model railroad display constructed by the former Silver Spring Model Railroad Society made its grand debut returning in 2011 to its hometown roughly 20 years after its creation. Display features miniature people, tunnels, bridges, mountains, a haunted house, and tiny trains that chug around the clover-loop track. Model was built originally for a 1989 holiday showcase at National Geographic’s Exhibitors’ Hall, then resided at the Gaithersburg Community Museum for 17 years, then headed on to our SS B&O RR Station!”
Article by Jeannete Der Bedrosian, Gazette Staff Reporter, March 2011

In fond memory of Fred Schirrmacher 1941 – 2023

Read his obituary.

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