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Robert Hershey named to board of Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions

June 02, 2011

Robert W. Hershey, chairman of Hagerstown’s Historic District Commission, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions during the Preservation Maryland conference in Annapolis.

The commission was formed in 1979 and serves 47 commissions, representing urban and local historic districts, local governments, commissioners, residents and owners of historic properties.

The mission of the organization is to provide advocacy, training and program support for historic preservation commissions and local governments across the state. The commission also is responsible for sponsoring one-day workshops.

Commissions are polled regularly for suggested topics of interest, and the workshops are held in three different venues across the state. The workshops are geared toward commissioners and staff, along with contractors, architects, planners and historic property owners. Included last year were a number of participants from neighboring states.

The commission distributes a quarterly newsletter to its members to provide information on preservation issues of concern to historic district commissions. These newsletters frequently contain legislative updates, information on training opportunities and profiles of individual commissions.

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