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2011 Speaker Series - 7/27/11

July 27 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live and Enjoy: How to Best Honor the Past and Plan for the Future: Development and the Archeology Review Process in Prince George’s County — CM|1.5

new July 27, 2011, Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Program, click here to view

new June 27, 2011, Salubria, click here to view

Presentation Description:

The Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Ordinance (Subtitle 29 of the Prince George’s County Code) was enacted in 1981 to provide for the identification, designation, and regulation, for purposes of protection, preservation, and continued use and enhancement of, those sites, structures, and districts of historical, archeological, architectural, or cultural value. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers the county’s historic preservation ordinance and fosters preservation and appreciation of the county’s historic environment and archeological sites. The HPC and the Historic Preservation Section work in partnership with property owners, business owners, developers, and municipalities to preserve the county’s historic resources.


In February 2004 the Prince George’s County Planning Board implemented an archeology review initiative in the subdivision review process to focus on the identification and investigation of archeological sites, including prehistoric Native American and historic period occupations. The initiative required that potential archeological sites must be considered in the review of subdivision applications, and potential means for preservation of these resources should be considered. In November 2005 the County Council passed and the County Executive signed new regulations that require review of all subdivision applications to determine whether archeological investigations should occur on these properties. The new regulations also implemented the Guidelines for Archeological Review . The speakers shed light on the process of historic preservation and the archeological review process using the Salubria Historic Site as a case study.

Jennifer Stabler, Ph.D., Planner Coordinator, Historic Preservation Section, Countywide Planning Division, M-NCPPC

John Peter Thompson, Consultant and Vice Chair, Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission

Howard Berger (Moderator): Supervisor, Historic Preservation Section, Countywide Planning Division, M-NCPPC

Presenters’ Biographies:

Jennifer Stabler, Ph.D., Planner Coordinator, Historic Preservation Section, M-NCPPC. Jennifer Stabler reviews subdivision plans submitted to the Prince George’s County Planning Department to determine the necessity of archeological surveys. She reviews archeological reports to ensure compliance with county, state, and national guidelines and recommends treatment of significant archeological resources to the Prince George’s County Planning Board. Stabler also reviews Historic Area Work Permits and makes recommendations to the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission on archeological matters. She served as the project leader in developing a cemetery preservation manual, an antebellum historic context, and a postbellum historic context for Prince George’s County. Stabler has archeological survey and excavation experience in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Texas, Israel, and Italy. She assisted archeologists at Fort Hood, Texas in evaluating the significance of more than 1000 historic archeological sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Stabler also excavated for 15 field seasons with the University of Maryland at Caesarea Maritima in Israel, a major Mediterranean port from the Roman through Crusader periods.

John Peter Thompson, Consultant and Vice Chair, Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission: Mr. Thompson works with public and private organizations providing historic frameworks and philosophical paradigms that enable researchers and policy mangers to creatively address complex environmental issues in the areas of invasion biology, and sustainable agronomic best management practices. He serves as a technical advisor for the national sustainable landscape standards project of the US Green Building Council and the LBJ Wild Flower Center, University of Texas, and currently serves as a national credit steward for the project with responsibility for invasive species and historic sites which are among several areas within the framework developed by SITES assigned to him. He is working with the Department of the Interior to develop urban invasive species management protocols. In addition he is serving as a subject matter expert for Prince George's Community College to create a "green" workforce development program. He also is working with Cameroonian farmers on sustainable coffee and chocolate production in the Northwest.

Moderator: Howard Berger, Supervisor, Historic Preservation Section, M-NCPPC: Trained as an architectural historian, Mr. Berger has conducted field survey and research projects at M-NCPPC that have culminated in both the listing of historic districts in the National Register of Historic Places (Mount Rainier, University Park) and designation of local historic districts (Old Town College Park, St. Thomas Episcopal Parish). He has also reviewed Historic Area Work Permit applications and preservation tax credit applications affecting historic sites, been responsible for development referrals affecting historic resources, and supervised contractors responsible for large-scale survey and documentation projects. He has participated in two Historic Sites and Districts Plan amendments (1992 and 2010), and is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A. in Government) and has done graduate work in historic preservation at The George Washington University’s American Studies program. He is active in Washington, D.C. as President of the Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association, Inc.; President of The Friends of Alice Pike Barney Studio House, Inc.; and as a long time board member and volunteer for the DC Preservation League.