News & Press Heritage Area Names Educator, City Agency and Former CHAP Director Partners of the Year
November 4, 2014
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) recognized two individuals and the city’s Department of General Services as its 2014 Partners of the Year. The awards were presented at the BNHA annual meeting luncheon on November 4 at the historic Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum.
“Heritage areas are only successful with strong partners, and today we pause to thank the people and organizations that have helped promote, preserve, and enhance this city’s cultural and historic legacy” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Baltimore has an outstanding network of individuals, institutions, associations, and agencies. Their strengths allow us to work to create better and safer neighborhoods through heritage tourism.”
2014 Individual Partner of the Year: Kathleen Kotarba
Kathleen Kotarba, who recently retired as the city’s executive director for the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, was instrumental in the establishment of the Baltimore City Heritage Area, the forerunner of today’s federally designated heritage area. Kotarba has served on the BNHA advisory and executive committees and has provided invaluable advice and insight in the heritage area’s mission of fostering heritage tourism.
2014 Education Partner of the Year: RaeLynne Snyder
Baltimore City Public Schools Social Studies Specialist RaeLynne Snyder has been a crucial partner in BNHA’s educational programming focused on the War of 1812 bicentennial. Snyder’s dedication and leadership were especially welcome in developing a History Field Day in Patterson Park on May 30. The event brought fifth- and eighth-graders together to participate in place-based learning projects on community history and heritage related to the War of 1812. More than 600 students participated in the field day, which included presentations by U.S. Representative John Sarbanes and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
2014 Organization Partner of the Year: Baltimore City Department of General Services
The heritage area has relied on the department’s expertise and guidance on a number of critical projects, most notably the rehabilitation of P.S. 103, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s elementary school on Division Street. The heritage area also worked with the agency to provide 15-star, 15-stripe flags to fly over municipal buildings for the 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular and on the installation of signage related to BNHA’s network of urban heritage trails. The heritage area also recognized the department’s leadership on a multi-agency committee focused on the stewardship of city-owned historic landmarks.
The heritage area also presented a certificate of appreciation to Jacqueline Carrera, the executive director of the Parks and People Foundation. Carrera, who is leaving the foundation, has served on the heritage area’s board as treasurer and helped guide the heritage area as it transitioned from a city department to an independent non-profit organization.