February 8, 2013
A 250-year-old grist mill near the mouth of the Susquehanna River has sat mostly vacant since the end of the Civil War, its thick stone walls serving no purpose but the protection of a few old tools. Though the building is historic - it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places decades ago - it is uncelebrated and receives few visitors. While many old mills are being restored, plans to develop the Cecil County property have stalled. The lack of interest in the old mill is partly due to its owner: the federal government.
March 8, 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.
February 7, 2012
The rehabilitation of the Old Towson Jail into an office building was honored by the Maryland Historical Trust last week as part of the organization's 2012 Maryland Preservation Awards The rehabilitation of the historic jail, now known as Bosley Hall, was cited as, "an outstanding example of a public/private partnership undertaken by the Baltimore County government. " The trust gave the project its award under Preservation Partnerships, and noted the collaboration of Baltimore County government; developer Towson Jail Associates, which was created for the rehabilitation project; Azola & Associates Inc.; and others for the project.
November 6, 2011
Today, The Sun can refer with pride to "Baltimore's venerable landmark Bromo Seltzer Tower," but it wasn't always so. As recently as 1971, the city of Baltimore saw the tower as an eyesore destined for demolition. Why does the tower still stand? For that you can thank historic preservation, the National Register and the Maryland Historical Trust, which stood up for the tower's preservation to former Mayor William Donald Schaefer. (Years later, of course, Schaefer too became an avid preservationist.)
October 21, 2011
William Ferdinand Eberhart Jr., a retired McCormick spice official and city neighborhoods activist who championed urban stream valley parks, died of cancer Tuesday at his Tuscany-Canterbury home. He was 72. Born and raised in West Baltimore's Franklintown neighborhood on Crescent Street, Mr. Eberhart was a 1956 Polytechnic Institute graduate and earned an English degree at Lehigh University. He joined the Army and was trained in Russian at its language school in Monterey, Calif. He was assigned to Bonn, Germany, during the Cold War and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves.
August 29, 2011
The newly-renovated Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College was the site for a "Fun With American Girls" youth enrichment camp during the second week of August. During this week-long summer camp, girls ages 8 to 12 combined learning about American history with a variety of cultural projects. They experienced the stories and characters behind the American Girls dolls, making crafts, toys, decorations, recipes, and other fun activities similar to those done by Kersten, Josephina, Addy and other dolls in the series.