About

Preservation Maryland is one of the nation’s oldest historic preservation organizations and has a generations-long commitment to protecting and telling Maryland history.

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that enfranchised American women with the right to vote, Gallagher Evelius & Jones and Preservation Maryland have partnered on a new multi-media public history project, called Ballot and Beyond.

Maryland’s story in the fight for women’s suffrage was far from perfect. In fact, Maryland was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment which made it part of the US Constitution in 1920. Maryland waited until 1941 and did not certify that vote until 1958.

Those facts do not in any way diminish the work of Maryland’s suffragists, instead, it makes their efforts and sacrifices that much more heroic in the face of strong opposition.

Due to Maryland’s proximity to the Capital, our suffragists often hosted rallies before heading south to the White House, protested at the State House in Annapolis, and even hosted Susan B. Anthony for her last public speech at Baltimore’s Lyric Theatre.

Because the women’s suffrage movement was largely racially segregated, Baltimore’s African American citizen activists organized parallel rallies and played important roles in leading citizenship training workshops focused on the next steps of enfranchisement for Maryland’s women of all colors and creeds. Notably, Maryland’s own Frederick Douglass was also a vocal suffragist and ally to the movement.

To tell these stories, this Ballot and Beyond partnership project will highlight the remarkable lives of Maryland’s women past and present in audio segments, essays, and historic images.

This material is based upon work assisted by a Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant from the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the agency. The work builds upon a special project funding by the Maryland Historical Trust’s Board of Trustees, in which Kay Rohn, then a graduate student in the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, developed a historic context statement for the Women’s Suffrage movement in Maryland. That report is currently in draft form. Additional biographies were derived from a podcast produced by Gallagher Evelius & Jones, called Beyond-the-Ballot and previously released by WYPR, Baltimore’s local NRR station.

Project Team

Nicholas Redding

PreserveCast Host

Preservation Maryland
Executive Director

Nick is the Executive Director of Preservation Maryland and leads the organization’s programmatic operations, like the signature Six-to-Fix program. He is also a registered Maryland lobbyist and directs our legislative advocacy on the state and national level. Nick is a published author, Civil War historian, and owner of a mid-century home in Frederick County.

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Meagan Baco

Ballot and Beyond Producer

Preservation Maryland
Director of Communications

Meagan is the Director of Communications for Preservation Maryland and its major digital offerings like PreserveCast and PreserveList. Using old fashioned and new methods, the goal of Meg’s outreach work is to educate and engage preservationists across the country with the exciting work of Preservation Maryland.

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Kacy Rohn

Lead Researcher

Montgomery County
Planning Department Historic Preservation Specialist

In a special project funded by the Maryland Historical Trust's Board of Trustees, Kacy Rohn, then a graduate student at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, researched and documented Maryland's suffrage history, and discovered over fifty historic sites around the state where Maryland women worked to advance their cause. Kacy is currently a Historic Preservation Specialist in the Montgomery County Planning Department.

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Benjamin Giroux

Audio

PreserveCast
Audio Engineer
 

Ben is a recording engineer and classical percussion. He is currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Recording Arts and Percussion Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Shauntee Daniels

Reader

Baltimore National Heritage Area
Executive Director

Shauntee Daniels is the Executive Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) and has been with the agency, affiliated with the National Park Service for over 10 years. Shauntee's organization is a leader in all of Maryland's efforts to tell accurate and inclusive history. She is also an active member of the Greater Baltimore History Alliance and her church.

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Elly Colmers Cowan

Reader

Preservation Maryland
Director of Advocacy

From drafting legislation, to meeting with key legislators and their staff, to testifying in front of committees, Elly helps lead our advocacy efforts. She organizes our annual Preservation Advocacy Day which brings together over a hundred preservation advocates from across the state to Annapolis. Baltimore-born and raised, Elly studied history and economics at the University of Baltimore. She lives in the Lauraville Historic District northeast of downtown Baltimore.

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Jessica Feldt

Reader

Preservation Maryland
Preservation Initiatives Manager

Jessica Feldt manages our proactive preservation and grant-giving programs and is here to help you move your project on the path towards preservation.

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Kimberly Golden Brandt

Reader

Director of Smart Growth Maryland
Preservation Maryland

Kimberly leads Smart Growth Maryland, a project of Preservation Maryland, dedicated to the preservation of forests, farms and open space, and revitalization of Maryland’s cities and towns. Smart Growth Maryland is a major program of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

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Jana Carey

Reader

Preservation Maryland
Director of Operations

Jana aptly handles the business operations of Preservation Maryland, including financial reporting, accounting, human resources administration, risk management, record management and procurement. Our longest serving staff member, Jana has been part of the Preservation Maryland family since 1999, with a five year break to consult for Ripken Baseball.

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Victoria Patterson

Reader

Preservation Maryland
Development Associate

Victoria helps to raise funds across all donor groups to support the growth of Preservation Maryland. She assists with overseeing events, drafting proposals, and a wide range of other supporting services. Previously, she served in several non-profit development positions throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. She lives in the Market Center Historic District in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

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