State program wins award

May 02, 2006

A Maryland program that promotes the marriage of historic preservation and tourism has been awarded a national preservation award.

Maryland Heritage Areas was one of four winners of the Preserve America Presidential Awards, announced yesterday during a White House ceremony.

The state program began in 1996 and has designated 13 heritage areas, stretching from Garrett County to the Lower Eastern Shore. The heritage areas are eligible to receive state grants and tax incentives for rehabilitation initiatives. Fort McHenry and a location on Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad are among the beneficiaries of the program.

The other awards went to the rebuilding of Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Fla., Tauck World Discover, a volunteer program in Yellowstone National Park, and the Hampton Hotels chain for its "Save a Landmark" program.

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