The Maryland Center for History and Culture is renaming its popular Pathways Grant Program in honor of the late Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. And 11 projects have been awarded the first grants from the “Thomas V. ‘Mike’ Miller, Jr. History Fund.”
Miller originally sponsored the legislation that makes the publicly funded grant program possible. The Maryland Center for History and Culture administers the program, distributing $200,000 each year.
“Senator Miller’s interest in the Maryland Center for History and Culture and in Maryland history at large extended far beyond this grant program,” Mark Letzer, the center’s president said in a statement. “He was a champion of our state’s many heritage organizations in so many ways throughout his storied career — the longest of any state Senate President in the country. The Miller History Fund builds on this legacy by empowering the stewards of Maryland history to prepare for the future.”
The 11 grants ― which support projects that may not be eligible for other state funding such as collections care, marketing, and development initiatives ― include support for projects in nine counties:
- The Accokeek Foundation in Prince George’s County ― Long-term marketing planning and site improvements
- Adkins Arboretum (Caroline County) – Maryland’s Sustaining Landscape Database Project
- Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation (Anne Arundel County) – Preserving a local legacy collection
- Catoctin Furnace Historical Society (Frederick County) – Supporting the furnace’s long-term financial health
- Diggs-Johnson Museum (Baltimore County) – The Diggs-Johnson Museum Legacy Preservation Project
- Historical Society of Harford County – Unboxing the Collection
- Historic Hampton, Inc. (Baltimore County) – Redesign of exhibition of slave and tenant cabins at Hampton National Historic Site
- Historic Sotterley, Inc. (Saint Mary’s County) – Marketing support
- Howard County Conservancy ― Virtual interaction at Mt. Pleasant Farm
- Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture – New strategies and tactics for greater diversity and inclusion in leadership at the Peale
- Southwest Partnership (Baltimore City) – Malachi Mills House interpretation.