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Preservation Stewardship Program

The Cultural Resources program has a long tradition of engaging with volunteers, students, and citizen scientists to help us in our goal to preserve the County’s rich heritage. From hands-on archaeology digs, to assisting staff with archival research on historic buildings, to documenting historic cemeteries, the team invites the public to engage with “Historic Places That Matter” across the County. We believe that citizens who participate in interactive and hands-on historic preservation and archaeology programs are the best advocates for preservation. We invite you to become stewards of our County’s historic sites by participating in programs designed to teach about significant historic places, and to demonstrate best practices in archaeology and historic preservation work.

Join us for upcoming events, or sign up for our newsletter and mailing list if you want to learn more!

  • Upcoming Public Events

    Discovering the 17th-Century at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

    Friday, May 14th 4:30pm-5:30pm

    Join County Archaeologist and OPZ's Cultural Resources Section team leader, Jane Cox, for a picnic tableside chat to learn about 17th-century discoveries that have been made at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary. The in-person outdoor event will be held at the newly-renamed Emory Waters Nature Preserve, and will feature a "show and tell" of some of the most interesting and oldest artifacts recovered during years of professional archaeological investigations at and nearby to the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, in Lothian, MD. Learn more about how you can get involved with the County's Preservation Stewardship Program, which offers citizens the chance to help preserve the County's past through interactive and hands-on historic preservation programs. This event will be held outside and follow all applicable Covid-19 requirements. Space is limited for the event. Sign up here.

    C. Jane Cox, a native of Anne Arundel County, has been working to preserve the County's amazing historical resources for more than 20 years. An archaeologist by training, Ms. Cox currently manages the Country's historic preservation program, which operates out of the Office of Planning & Zoning. In addition to overseeing the site development reviews, she and her team work tirelessly with local citizens and non-profits to protect privately-owned historic sites, and they provide advice, guidance and support to other County Agencies as they seek to preserve and protect the places that matter across the County.


    The Archaeology of Jug Bay: A Hike through History

    Saturday, May 15th 9:30am-12:30pm

    Archaeologist Drew Webster will lead an archaeology hike at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary on Saturday, May 15, from 9:30am-12:30pm. Explore the landscape where indigenous peoples have lived for 13,000 years, and view ancient artifacts that have helped improve our knowledge about the County's prehistoric past. Along the hike, you will see the remains of archaeological sites and learn about how the landscape and cultures of Jug Bay have changed over the millennia. The hike will include an artifact show-and-tell. Current health guidelines will be enforced. Ages: 12 years old and up. Fee: $10 per person. Registration required. Register here.

    Archaeology Consultant Drew Webster grew up outside of Chicago, but moved to Maryland for its strong history of archaeology, heritage, and historic preservation. He holds a Master's Degree in Historical Archaeology and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. A passionate advocate for archaeology education, he worked as a museum educator at Historic London Town & Gardens for three years before joining the county team in 2019. With the County, Drew organizes volunteers and interns as part of the Preservation Stewardship Program, and leads education programs for kids and adults. 


    Back from the Brink: Preservation of the 1889 Frost’s Store

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 12:00-12:30pm (via zoom)

    Historic Sites Planner, Darian Beverungen, will talk about the County-led preservation efforts to save the historic Earleigh Heights B&A Ranger Station located in Severna Park. The Zoom talk will highlight the building’s history as a 19th century general store and post office, its role as a Railroad platform, and how, without it there might not be a “Severna Park'' as we know it! She will share the extensive preservation efforts undertaken on this National Register-listed site over the past 20 years that brought this building back to life and gave it a new purpose as a ranger station and railroad museum.  Sign up here.

    Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Darian Beverungen has been protecting historic sites for the County for nearly 15 years, joining the team soon after she received a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland College Park. In her role as the Historic Sites Planner, she is the Architectural Historian for the County, and she manages the County’s Historic Tax Credit Program, while providing guidance to historic property owners on how to best maintain their historic properties.


    Duvall Family Cemetery: A Workshop in Cemetery Conservation and Documentation

    Friday May 21st 10am, 11am, or Noon

    Have you been to Generals Highway Corridor Park and wondered about the history of the 19th-century family cemetery there? Do you want to learn more about best practices for cleaning and maintaining a historic cemetery? Are you curious about how to document or research a historic cemetery? If so, join Stacy Poulos, Archaeological Sites Planner of the Cultural Resources Section, at the Duvall Cemetery at Generals Highway Corridor Park. In honor of Preservation Month, she will host an hour-long workshop at 10 a.m., repeating at 11 a.m. and again at Noon. This workshop will discuss the history of the Duvall Cemetery, cemetery research, best practices in conservation, and give participants some hands-on knowledge of cemetery documentation. Families are welcome.  Sign up here.

    Anastasia “Stacy” Poulos is the County’s Historic Cemetery Specialist and Archaeological Sites Planner, amongst other responsibilities. Tasked with protecting more than 600 small family cemeteries, many on overgrown lots or abandoned by the ancestors, Stacy works with the public and descendants to share best practices, methods, and tools to help them preserve these unique cultural resources.


    Historic Interpretive Signs: Places that Matter


    Learn more about historic landmarks and heritage sites across the County. Throughout the month of May, the team will be installing new signs in all corners of the County—representing a variety of historic sites and heritage communities. Locations will include just a few of the places that matter in Anne Arundel County, MD.

    The sign program, which includes roadside markers and a series of wayside interpretive signs, is designed to raise public awareness and enrich citizens’ appreciation of the depth and diversity of local history that makes up our community. Plans are to add several new signs each year!

    (Check out this interactive map to learn more and to find out where you can go to explore local history.)

  • Archaeology Programs

    FIELDWORK: Want to learn what it's like to be an archaeologist? Volunteers and interns are invited to join Cultural Resources personnel on a variety of archaeology digs across Anne Arundel County. The County has over 1,700 archaeological sites, so locations vary depending upon the current research program and the seasons. Tasks may include digging, screening for artifacts, and documenting the excavations. No Experience Needed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    LABWORK: The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab, located on the campus of Historic London Town & Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland, accepts volunteers and interns to help process artifacts, including washing, labeling, sorting, and cataloging. No Experience Needed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Currently, the lab is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00-3:00. Volunteers must sign up in advance. The lab follows current CDC and county health guidelines regarding capacity, social distancing, and mask use. In addition, the lab offers an "Archaeology from Home" program for experienced volunteers who wish to work remotely.

    RESEARCH: Volunteers are also needed to assist with archival research both online and at the Maryland State Archives. Before beginning excavations at an archaeology site, one must research land records, census data, wills. probate inventories, and historic maps, all of which helps formulate research questions and better understand the historic context of these resources. In addition, archaeological and historical literature must be consulted as part of the research process.

    The Joan Cass Beck Collection, a special collection of the Anne Arundel Public Library System, contains hundreds of books, journals, and audio/visual materials that are housed at the Anne Arundel Archaeology Lab and at the Historical Preservation Research Library in the county's Division of Planning and Zoning. The library is open to the public for onsite research by appointment only and the books cannot be checked out. Call (410) 222-1318 for more information.

    Email Drew Webster at [email protected] for information on current and upcoming opportunities and to sign up for the Preservation Stewardship Program.

  • Historic Cemeteries 

    Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources Division is working hard to document and protect the historic cemeteries of our County along with members of the Preservation Stewardship Program. We need your help in protecting our historic cemeteries! Click here to learn more about our historic cemeteries. Help us with documenting these important places by using the digital cemetery documentation (online tool) or a downloadable documentation form. 

    Email Drew Webster at [email protected] for information on current and upcoming opportunities and to sign up for the Preservation Stewardship Program.

  • Historic Preservation
    The County is home to hundreds of historic structures that need documentation. Volunteers are needed to assist with archival research to study the history of these properties. Land records, census data, wills and probate inventories and historic maps help us better understand the historic context of these resources. Email Drew Webster at [email protected] for information on current and upcoming opportunities and to sign up for the Preservation Stewardship Program.
  • Internships

    Anne Arundel County's team of professional archaeologists, preservationists, and historians, welcome advanced high school and college interns to join us. Under the teams’ professional guidance, students can learn the ropes and find out if a career in archaeology is right for them. Often, credit can be arranged in cooperation with your academic institution. We also welcome researchers, graduate students, and experienced undergraduates who wish to use county collections for a thesis or other project. Click here for the flyer and here for an info brief

    Email Drew Webster at [email protected] for more information or to apply.