Wednesday, July 13, 2011

History of John H Bayne, Salubria, Horticulture and Slavery

Speaker Series

2011 Speaker Series – 7/27/11

July 27th 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live and Enjoy: How to Best Honor the Past and Plan for the Future: Seeking a Balanced Approach for the Salubria Plantation Site – 1.5 CM credits (pending)

Presentation Description:

What is best for the Salubria Plantation site? A landowner plans and community members ponder the future of a historic site that features prominently in the African-American history of Prince George's County. The rich history serves as a backdrop to a contemporary opportunity to enhance this community through collaborative land use planning. Pending future plans, can the historic significance be captured with a thoughtful, inclusive site design that highlights the colorful past and current natural environmental beauty of the site? An opportunity exists for a win-win-win for the community, the landowner, and the link to the past that this site clearly represents. This discussion will focus on why the historic Salubria Plantation is considered important to the community. The history represents a tragic juxtaposition of abundant wealth and prosperity on one hand and oppression and yearning for freedom on the other. The speakers will shed light on the process of historic preservation; the legacy of John H. Bayne, influential leader in the fields of medicine, politics, education, and agriculture; the five generations of his family who lived and prospered there; and what lessons we can learn from the past.

Presenters' Biographies:

Jennifer Stabler, Ph.D., Planner Coordinator, Historic Preservation Section, M-NCPPC. Dr. 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. Dr. 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 1,000 historic archeological sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Dr. 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: 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 that 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: 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 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 D.C. Preservation League.