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Library wins award for online project

June 14, 2009

The Western Maryland Regional Library is the recipient of a Maryland Preservation Award for Educational Excellence for the development of an online collection relating to the history of African-American individuals, organizations, sites, and social, cultural and political history in Allegany County.

The Web site is being used by educational institutions in a variety of ways, has stimulated civic and community discussions and is linked to historical and educational institutions within the region as well as throughout the state and across the nation.

Allegany resident and historian Albert Feldstein served as primary collector and author of the site contents.

Jill Craig, digitization librarian at the Western Maryland Regional Library in Hagerstown, edited and prepared the material for inclusion on Whilbr, the Western Maryland Historic Web site at www.whilbr.org.

Maryland Preservation Awards are presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust and honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, museums, cultural conservation, education and related fields. Awards are made in six categories: Stewardship, Service, Project Excellence, Educational Excellence, Heritage Book and the Calvert Prize. Two additional categories, Stewardship of Historic Properties by a Government Agency and Preservation Partnerships were added in 2009.

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Members of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust are appointed by the governor of Maryland and represent all regions of the state. This year, 16 individuals and projects received Preservation Awards and two Maryland History Day projects received special recognition from the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees.

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