In the fall of 1988, a national debate ensued over the approval of a 1.2-million square foot shopping mall on the historic Civil War battlefield north of Manassas. Nationwide concern for the integrity of the Manassas National Battlefield Park was aroused when the Hazel/Peterson Companies obtained approval and began to build the regional shopping mall on this site. In response, the U.S. Congress employed a rarely used procedure called a “legislative taking” to acquire the contested mall site at a cost of $134 million to buy the 550 acres of land from the Virginia development firm. The Manassas Mall controversy is currently taught as a “planning failure” in many planning curriculums. In Virginia, many residents asked, “who would protect ‘hallowed ground’ if local authorities were not inclined to do so?”Fortunately, Maryland elected leaders and state officials took a different approach to Civil War site preservation. That is why tens of thousands of tourists who will visit Antietam and South Mountain over the next couple of weeks will have the opportunity to see and walk ground that remains reasonably true to the original conditions of 150 years ago. More
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February 14, 2012
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The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) recently announced 14 projects, organizations and individuals to receive the 2012 Maryland Preservation Awards. It is the highest level of recognition for historic preservation and heritage education projects in Maryland.
The winners came from all across Maryland. They represented Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Prince George’s, Montgomery and Washington counties. All were very worthy.
Here’s a tale of one of them, the rehabilitation of the Ridgeley* Rosenwald School in Prince George’s County. It is an icon of Maryland’s storied rural past even though it lies in a growing community within the Capital Beltway. More
October 1, 2010
We grasped that it was a big deal when Nichole Doub, head conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), was invited to speak about the lab’s recent work before the New York Academy of Sciences. But we were even more impressed when we realized that the academy’s members over the years included, to name a few, Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson and Margaret Mead. No small amount of brain power there. more…
August 3, 2010
It’s not “Toy Story 3,” but inside the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, inanimate objects come to life.
Remnants from Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, are drying in one area near planks from an 18th century pier from South Carolina visited by Blackbeard, so it’s likely those pieces of wood had ”met in another life,” as lab educator Kathy Concannon put it. In another room sits a large, decayed wooden “acorn” that sat atop the Maryland State House for more than 200 years until the mid-1990s. When conservators peeled back layers of the acorn, they discovered carved hearts and initials from as far back as 1789 and now trying to determine whose initials they might be. It’s somehow comforting to know that, with or without Facebook, teen-agers in love have carved initials and hearts for hundreds of years. More