New HdG Main Street manager, Matthew Kriegl, hired

March 08, 2012

Havre de Grace Main Street has named Matthew Kriegl as its new Main Street manager, a position he begins March 12.

"Our board is very excited about what Matt brings to our organization," Billee J. Smith, president of Havre de Grace Main Street Inc., said in a press release announcing the hiring.

Kriegl was born and raised in New Jersey and has degrees in geography and anthropology from the State University of New York-College at Plattsburgh in Upstate New York. In 2011, he received a Master of Science degree in historic preservation from Ball State University in Indiana, according to his bio.

Kriegl was an environmental technician and later spent several years working as a geographic information systems specialist for Hunterdon County, N.J., where he created and updated county maps and worked on several projects involving local history and historic cemeteries. He spent a summer working as an intern with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation concentrating on the State Main Street Program in which he visited several Main Street communities and participated in their meetings and brainstorming sessions. He also worked with the Louisiana state historic preservation tax credit and National Register programs, writing architectural descriptions and doing related research.

While attending Ball State University, Kriegl worked in the Drawings + Documents Archive in the College of Architecture and Planning, where he helped catalog and organize the collection containing thousands of architectural drawings, sketches, books, documents, photographs and artifacts.

Since graduating in May, Kriegl has spent his time with a New Jersey historic preservation non-profit, the 1759 Vought House: A Revolutionary War Loyalist Homestead. Recently, this group took ownership of the historic property and hopes to restore the structure through its "Save the Serpent" fundraising campaign (a name derived from the structure's intricate serpentine ceiling plaster ornamentation).

Kriegl has a strong interest in downtown revitalization and believes that it is one of the most stable, effective and tangible ways to save and retain historic downtowns and local identities, Smith wrote in the release. He also believes strongly that historic preservation should be community-oriented and a community-wide goal.

In the same release, Smith noted there is lots of new energy and focus and exciting plans for First Fridays, Farmers Market 2012, the 100th Anniversary of the Graw - Graw Days Celebration, haunted history tours, historic walking tours and more.

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