On Thursday, October 23, 2014, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks and the City of Annapolis officially announced Annapolis as a National Treasure. About 40 people gathered at the Susan B. Campbell Park at the end of City Dock for the announcement.
Fittingly for a treasure chosen to highlight the impacts of changing weather patterns on historic resources, as one walked or drove to the park and passed the harbor master’s building, a sign out front cautioned “High Water” following the previous day’s storm.
Speaker of the House Mike Busch, Mayor Mike Pantiledes, Senator John Astle, and Chief of Historic Preservation / MainStreets Annapolis Partnership Director Lisa Craig joined Stephanie Meeks in making remarks. Stephanie also made a check presentation to the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership for the $5,000 grant they received to help with the public engagement portion of the City’s hazard mitigation planning.
National Trust Advisors Louise Lake-Hayman and Grant Dehart attended, as well as members of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, media outlets, National Trust staff, city leaders, and residents.
We hope that through this Treasure we can raise national awareness of the threats posed to cultural resources by climate change and also hold Annapolis up as a model for other communities on how to integrate cultural resources into hazard mitigation planning.