To the Editor:
Raising awareness is often the first step to saving threatened historic resources.
Since 2007, Preservation Maryland, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization, has produced Endangered Maryland, an annual list of the most threatened historic buildings, landscapes and sites in the state.
The purpose of this list is to increase knowledge of the threats facing important historic resources in communities around the state. In addition to publicizing these endangered sites, Preservation Maryland creates dialog and finds solutions to preserve these threatened sites.
Two sites in Allegany and Garrett Counties are on the Endangered Maryland list — the Lonaconing Silk Mill and the Shade Run Bridge — and Preservation Maryland needs your help to identify other endangered sites.
Through Jan. 29, 2014, Preservation Maryland is accepting nominations for the 2014 Endangered Maryland list. Please tell us about threatened sites important to the county which could benefit from increased interest from the general public.
Of the 74 Endangered Maryland sites throughout the state, only two have been lost, evidence that being designated as endangered can help save our heritage.
For a complete list of Endangered Maryland sites and a nomination form, visit www.preservationmaryland.org or call 410-685-2886.
Margaret De Arcangelis