Guest Blog – Gardner Farm Curatorship Opportunity

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

By Peter Morrill, Curator Program Manager, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Gardiner Farm House

Gardiner Farm House

Do you ever dream about restoring and living in a historic house? Or living on pristine rural land within one of Maryland’s beautiful state parks?  If so, check out theDepartment of Natural Resources Resident Curatorship Program.  The Curatorship Program offers historically significant state-owned properties to private individuals for rehabilitation.  In exchange for rehabbing and maintaining the property, curators are given lifetime tenancy – rent free.  The Curatorship Program allows private individuals to breathe new life into significant historic properties which might otherwise be lost.

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Purple Line Compact: Advocating to Improve Corridor Communities

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By MDP Staff: Valerie Berton, Director of Communications; Kristen Mitchell, Director of Smart Growth; and Cristina Davia, Communications Intern

 

National Center for Smart Growth

National Center for Smart Growth

State and county officials and local advocacy groups are leading an effort to create a livability strategy to ensure that people living and working in the communities along the proposed Purple Line benefit from the new light rail transit system.

But how will that work, exactly?

The stakeholder groups, led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), will develop a community compact that will lay out strategies for revitalizing and stabilizing mixed-income neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses and connecting workers to jobs, all intended to create healthy and vibrant communities. Similar to Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact and Minneapolis’ Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in planning their Green Line, the compact will address things like maintaining affordable housing for residents, maximizing labor market potential and creating transit-oriented places. More

Orlando Ridout V Field Survey Day

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Heather Barrett, Administrator of Research & Survey

Forgeman's House at Catoctin

Forgeman’s House at Catoctin

On October 9th, the Trust held its first Orlando Ridout V field survey day in honor of our friend, mentor, and cherished colleague.   It was a crisp fall day in the village of Catoctin in Frederick County, a kind of day Orlando would have enjoyed.   A large group of over 30 – past and present MHT staff members and our local guides – visited various historic buildings and sites throughout the district, including:  the 1774 Catoctin Furnace; several stone worker’s cottages; a slave cemetery undergoing archeological investigation; the ruins of the late eighteenth century Iron Master’s House; and, the grand ca. 1805 house of Baker Johnson, one of the furnace’s original owners.  Throughout the day, Elizabeth Comer, our tour guide and organizer, provided insight into the area’s rich history.

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Successful Rural Economies: A Key to Prosperous Maryland Towns and Cities

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Rural Advocate, Former Calvert County Planning Director Greg Bowen to Keynote MPCA Conference

Bowen on his Calvert County farm

Bowen on his Calvert County farm

Greg Bowen came by his love of the rural life honestly. The fifth-generation Calvert County farmer, who will deliver the keynote address at this week’s Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conference in Solomons, has agriculture in his blood.

Bowen, as he will discuss Friday during his MPCA lunch address, credits successful rural communities with setting the table for successful towns and cities. Sprawl-type growth in agricultural areas can sound the death knell for farming and draw vitality from cities and towns. By contrast, when rural areas thrive, urban and suburban dwellers can live more densely in areas where infrastructure and other resources are concentrated.

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Smart Growth Pioneer: Ellen Janes

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Former DHCD Assistant Secretary Received 2014 Award for 20 Years of Leadership

The Klots Mill Throwing Company in Cumberland was transformed into an apartment complex using the Community Investment Tax Credit program.

The Klots Mill Throwing Company in Cumberland was transformed into an apartment complex using the Community Investment Tax Credit program.

When Ellen Janes became the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) first assistant secretary for neighborhood revitalization in 1995, there were few programs designed to encourage people to move into existing neighborhoods. As part of Maryland’s movement toward smart growth, Janes pioneered programs like Community Legacy, which strengthens communities through business retention, streetscaping, façade improvements and encouraging homeownership, to breathe life back into communities that need a boost. More

Sailing on the Historic Yacht Elf

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

By Melissa Archer, Preservation Officer

Yacht Elf

Yacht Elf

Two weeks ago, Baltimore celebrated the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore with a harbor full of ships. There were tall ships, small ships, historic ships, reproduction ships and modern war ships. Among the celebratory fleet was a small, sleek sailing vessel called the Yacht Elf.

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Reservists, Volunteers Lend Many Hands at Appalachian Mountain Mobile Health Clinic in Western Maryland

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Over 280 volunteers donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

More than 280 volunteers, 90 Army Reservists and several Navy personnel from a dozen states donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

Army Reservists got real-world experience providing community health care when they participated in an ambitious federal training program in Allegany County in mid-August. Teams of health service professionals treated more than 1,100 patients – some walk-in and some by appointment – providing free dental work, eyeglasses, pain management and nutrition counseling, among other services – in a readiness program designed as a training exercise but with plenty of community benefits.
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