Preservation Maryland Conference Coming to Hagerstown May 29-30; 400+ Attendees Expected

Preservation Maryland Conference Coming to Hagerstown May 29-30; 400+ Attendees Expected
Convention and Visitors Bureau A Major Sponsor

(Hagerstown, MD)- Maryland's 2008 Preservation and Revitalization Conference will be held from May 29-30 at the University System of Maryland in historic downtown Hagerstown. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been announced as a major sponsor of the conference.
This year's conference will offer a diverse selection of educational sessions that address current preservation topics. It promises to provide an exciting program emphasizing practical tools and lessons that can be carried back to home communities. Sessions will cover topics such as: Archaeology; African-American History; Downtown Revitalization; Heritage Tourism; Law, Policy, Advocacy; Linking Resources with the Landscape; Preservation Nuts and Bolts; Public History; Smart Growth and Green Preservation; Strengthening Arts and Entertainment Districts; and The Historic Resources of Western Maryland.
The Preservation and Revitalization Conference begins Thursday, May 29 with a plenary session followed by a reception at Hagerstown's historic Maryland Theatre. The Maryland Historical Trust Awards and Reception will be held the evening of Friday, May 30. Extraordinary preservation leaders throughout the state will be honored.
The conference also includes exhibits on display in the University System of Maryland - Hagerstown building. Workshops, tours, and other events are on the schedule.
Preservation Maryland is hosting the statewide conference with major support from the Maryland Historic Trust and local companies and organizations interested in highlighting their community. Participants include preservation advocates, architects, developers, museum and tourism officials, and representatives from government agencies and local organizations from all across Maryland.
"The City of Hagerstown is really rolling out the red carpet for this conference," said Tom Riford of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The CVB is pleased to help sponsor the conference, and to welcome this group to our community. To be able to have this conference here creates positive local economic impact." Riford said that tours of Hagerstown's historic sites, and special activities are planned for the more than 400 expected attendees.
City of Hagerstown Director of Planning Kathy Maher has been a local organizer for the convention, and serves on the state conference planning committee. "To be able to host this conference is a tremendous opportunity for Hagerstown. We worked hard to have the Maryland Preservation and Revitalization Conference be hosted in our downtown this year. A number of important Hagerstown projects will be featured during the organized tours." Maher predicted that Preservation Maryland and the conference attendees will be impressed by Hagerstown's downtown renaissance, and she is hoping to have the City of Hagerstown be placed in the regular rotation for hosting the annual event.
The locations for the annual Preservation Maryland conferences rotate around the state. The event has never been held in historic downtown Hagerstown before.
All participants will receive welcome packets courtesy of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. Special hotel rates are being coordinated by the CVB for out of town visitors. Additionally, the conference attendees are encouraged to spend the weekend in Hagerstown, enjoy the annual Western Maryland Blues Fest (set for May 30 - June 1), and visit local attractions.
Preservation Maryland is the state's oldest historic preservation organization. Founded in 1931 as the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, Preservation Maryland is dedicated to preserving Maryland's historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy. For additional information visit www.preservemd.org.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about the CVB go to www.marylandmemories.com.