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Press Release: January 15, 2014
Heritage Montgomery Welcomes New Executive Director!
The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) is very pleased to welcome new Executive Director Sarah L. Rogers. Sarah joined Heritage Montgomery in December from her position as Director of Interpretation at the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area in Prince George’s County.
Sarah brings a strong background in project leadership, interpretive planning and program development, and design. Her most recent experience with War of 1812 commemoration programs, Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail project planning and management, and Smithsonian Institutions interpretive design will be especially valuable as Heritage Montgomery expands its efforts to strengthen the local heritage tourism experience.
“We are excited to welcome Sarah,” stated Heritage Montgomery Board President Thomas E. Kettler, adding “The Board looks forward to working with Sarah as Heritage Montgomery begins a new chapter.”
Sarah Rogers takes over from founding Executive Director, Peggy Erickson, who served Heritage Montgomery with ten years of dedicated leadership and innovation.
Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to supporting heritage tourism at historical, natural, and cultural areas in Montgomery County. It is one of 12 heritage areas in the state administered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, established through state legislation in 1996 to promote heritage sites and areas of natural beauty to stimulate economic development through tourism.
PLEASE SUPPORT HM'S YEAR-END FUNDRAISING APPEAL!
We hope that over the past years, you have discovered that Montgomery County is home to many remarkable communities with long, rich histories. Heritage Montgomery is particularly honored to share the stories of these communities. But to continue to do so, we need your help.
Heritage Montgomery is a little like public television. You are our “viewers,” and we need to hear from you!
This coming year we will premiere our new video, Community Cornerstones: Historic African American Communities from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. This project has proven to be even more meaningful and rewarding than we had anticipated. We interviewed people in the community, many in their 80s and 90s, who endured segregation and worked to make their communities, and our county, a better place.
We are always looking for new and interesting ways to share and highlight our local history. We have added a new “Travelogue” page to our website, featuring short video clips of local historic places and we are expanding our smartphone app to make it easier to tour the county and take in the wide variety of heritage site we have to offer. Your contributions help to do all of this, and more!
I know that at this time of year you are besieged by fundraising requests. But what better way to make a difference than to contribute to the story of Montgomery County’s history?
Heritage Montgomery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Every donation has a huge impact on a small organization like ours. Share our pride in Montgomery County’s history and lend your support to Heritage Montgomery today!
To make a donation via the Heritage Montgomery website, click here, or on the red "Support Heritage Montgomery" button at the bottom of each page of the website. If you would like to receive a donation form/envelope to mail back to us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and we will be happy to send you one.
Thank you so much for your support of Heritage Montgomery.
HERITAGE MONTGOMERY ANNOUNCES FY 2014 MINI-GRANT AWARDS
The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery, HM) is a non-profit organization created to bring the county’s rich history to the attention of its residents and visitors. Each year, Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants of up to $2,500 are available to county non-profit organizations and local government entities. Programs supported by Mini Grant funding contribute to interpreting, promoting, preserving, or researching our historical, cultural and natural resources and encourage heritage tourism to the area. FY 2014 Mini Grants totaling $18,050 include:
FY 2014 Mini-Grant Recipients
Town of Brookeville – $2500 to develop a website for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration in Brookeville
Glen Echo Partnership for Arts & Culture – $2000 to produce two short videos on Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom and Dentzel Carousel
King Barn Dairy MOOseum, Boyds – $2000 to develop a model milk train diorama for the MOOseum’s Milk Transportation exhibit
Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville – $2500 for their annual History Conference
Montgomery Countryside Alliance, Poolesville – $1000 for a “Growing Legacy” short film project
National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville – $1800 for interpretive signage and materials
Peerless Rockville – $2500 to produce an historic Rockville wayfinding brochure
Sandy Spring Museum – $2500 for the museum’s Extreme Exhibit Makeover
Sugarloaf Regional Trails, Barnesville – $625 for Heritage Days programming and research on a Native American trail
Warren Historic Site Committee, Dickerson – $625 to revise and reprint the Warren Historic Site brochure
“We were delighted to see such a strong slate of applications for this year’s grants. Our Mini Grant Program is one of our most rewarding initiatives. These grants can make such a difference to a small heritage organization and we’re happy to be able to support such worthwhile projects,” commented Heritage Montgomery Executive Director Peggy Erickson. Over the past ten years HM Mini Grant awards have totaled over $142,000.
Historic Preservation - Tax Credit
Expedited Bill 14-13, Historic Preservation - Tax Credit, sponsored by Councilmembers Rice, Floreen and Elrich, has scheduled a public hearing at 1:30 on June 25. This bill would increase the County historic preservation tax credit to 25%, up from the 10%, acting on authority implemented in legislation adopted during the recently concluded general assembly session. Click here for more information.
Rockville Joins the Montgomery County Heritage Area!
Heritage Montgomery (HM) is pleased to announce that Rockville, with one of the most significant histories in the county, is finally a part of the Montgomery County Heritage Area!
Through the leadership of Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio and the City Council and the hard work of the City’s Historic Preservation Office staff, this long-awaited partnership is finally realized. Heritage Montgomery looks forward to a long and rewarding collaboration.
The inclusion of portions of the City of Rockville in the heritage area was adopted unanimously at the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) spring meeting, held at Glenview Mansion in Rockville’s Civic Center Park.
Rockville greatly strengthens the Heritage Montgomery story with its rich history and varied historic sites. At the same time, eligible Rockville entities will now have the ability to apply to MHAA capital and program grant programs. Additionally, Rockville heritage sites will be featured in HM marketing campaigns.
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority was created through state legislation in 1996 to promote heritage sites and areas of natural beauty in order to stimulate economic development through tourism. The Montgomery County Heritage Area (Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County/Heritage Montgomery) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2003 to promote designated heritage areas within the county.
"Life in A War Zone" App now available to download.
The FREE App is now available for your smart phone or iPad. Look for "Civl War Montgomery County" in the Android Market or App Store. Use it as a guide to tour the Civil War sites and learn about the history associated with those sites.
Use a QR Scanner to download the App to your smart phone.
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Montgomery County Council Recognizes Heritage Montgomery
Heritage Montgomery was the recipient of a County Council Proclamation for work producing the Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil Warvideo and spreading the word of Montgomery County's rich history. HM Staff, Board Members Bethany Mattocks and Scott Whipple, and video producer and Emmy® Award winner Barbara Grunbaum, were recognized by Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Phil Andrews at the November 13th Council session.Watch video.
Emmy® Award Win for “Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War”!
Heritage Montgomery is very pleased to announce an Emmy® Award win for “Life in a War Zone” producer Barbara Grunbaum. Heritage Montgomery is the executive producer of the project. The win was in the Historical Documentary category.
Heritage Montgomery is thrilled for Barbara and also wants to acknowledge the excellent work done by other key members of the production team including Joseph Thompson (Director of Photography), Francine Wyron (Editor & Graphic Designer), Charlie Pilzer (Sound Editor), Greg Lewis (Host), and Washington Revels (musical score design & production).
Executive Director Peggy Erickson added “Heritage Montgomery produced this film on a shoe string budget with an incredible amount of community support. It truly took a village to turn out this fine product and we want to thank everyone connected with the project.”
“Life in a War Zone” was made possible with the generous support of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the National Park Service Preserve America Program, Montgomery County Government, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery College Television, City of Rockville, Mr. William Ritchie, and Delaplaine Foundation.
The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the local chapter responsible for awarding excellence in the television industry. The 54th Emmy® Awards ceremony was held on June 16th at the Newseum in Washington DC.
Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to historical, cultural and natural areas in Montgomery County. The 15th Annual Heritage Days festival will be held this weekend, June 23 & 24, with 32 sites open free all across Montgomery County. For details visit HeritageMontgomery.org.
Heritage Montgomery Announces Emmy® Nomination for Life in a War Zone
Heritage Montgomery is pleased to announce that Barbara Grunbaum has been nominated for an Emmy® Award for her work as producer of the documentary, Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War. Ms. Grunbaum wrote, produced, and directed Life in a War Zone for Heritage Montgomery, executive producer of the project.
Heritage Montgomery Executive Director Peggy Erickson remarked that: “Heritage Montgomery is thrilled that Barbara has been recognized for the outstanding job that she did on the film. Her knowledge of Montgomery County history and considerable skills as a writer/producer/director made Barbara the perfect person to tell this important story of our area’s rich Civil War history.”
Heritage Montgomery would also like to salute other key members of the production team including Joseph Thompson (Director of Photography), Francine Wyron (Editor & Graphic Designer), Charlie Pilzer (Sound Editor), and Greg Lewis (host).
The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the local chapter responsible for awarding excellence in the television industry. The 54th Emmy® Awards will take place on June 16th at the Newseum in Washington DC.
Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to historical, cultural and natural areas in Montgomery County.