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HPC Minutes, June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014 - Training Workshop

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, June 5th at the Public Safety Building, 8 Washington Street, for a training workshop. The meeting began at approximately 6:07p.m. with introductions by Dan Brandewie, City Planner II. Melony Lytle from the Maryland Association of Historic District and Karen Theimer Brown, consultant, provided a power point presentation with handouts entitled: "Connecting with Your Community: Communication, Education, and Outreach, Cambridge MD".

Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Will Dennehy, Ron Berman, Patricia Weischmann, Mike Russo.

Other representatives or staff attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II. In addition, there were four other persons attending from neighboring communities or from Cambridge.

The goal of the session was to share ideas among attendees and the consultant about strategies to help improve visibility and public images. Two publications were handed out as examples of education material for the public: (1) Walk of the Village of West Annapolis, A Scavenger Hunt for History, and (2) The Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission, A Guide to Architecture in Annapolis. Annapolis has another publication out entitled:
"A Guide to the Process". Snow Hill's Design Guidelines were mentioned as an example of easy to read design guidelines. Discussion focused on what types of information various players in the process needed to know. These players or participants and their strategies included:

Property Owners

Elected Officials

Contractors/Architects/ Tradespeople


Historic plaque programs

Introductory workshops

White paper on new technologies/substitute materials

Press releases

Walking tours

Fact sheets-white papers

Site visits

Newspaper columns

Architecture treasure hunt

Annual report

Profile projects

Appear on local TV or radio

Create New Publications

Guided tours

Develop awards program

Designate a media liaison and cultivate relationship

Homeowner-only night out

Nominate an elected official liaison

Recognize good efforts publicly

Designate a coordinator to prepare press outreach

Promote economic advantages

Pre-application process

Design programs that explain the benefits of historic preservation within the community, good press opportunities.

List of local craftsmen to promote local work.

Other social media suggestions included: Twitter, Facebook, Blog, and List Servs.

Recommendations included working with your local realtors and youth groups. HPC strategies (low hanging fruit) for outreach included:

• Boost your website/social networking
• Make a presence during preservation week/month
• Partner with local preservation organizations
• Make one media contact
• Tie the HPC with the Green Movement and economic incentives
• Maintain a list of good contractors/use MAHDC's new directory
• Network-learn from each other

Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II

Approved by: Brian Roche, Chairman Date: June 19th, 2014


Note: These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on June 19th, 2014.