Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Joseph M. Balkoski; Michelle Anne Cooper; Nancy N. Kurtz; Andre R. Martel; Barrett L. McKown; Peter Morrill; Renee M. Plumb; Thomas J. Rostkowski; Gail Schnell; Milton L. Schnitzker; Nassir Siddique; Susan Cooke Soderberg; John C. Sprague; Rebecca J. Stone; Daniel Carroll Toomey; Jari A. Villanueva.
Staff: Nancy N. Kurtz
Statue of Baron Johann DeKalb, by Ephraim Keyser, State House grounds, Annapolis, Maryland, June 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Baron DeKalb (1721-1780) led the Maryland Line at the
Battle of Camden, South Carolina, August 16, 1780. He died at Camden on August 19, 1780, from wounds received in that battle.
The Governor established the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments in January 1989 (Executive Order 01.01.1989.02). It was reauthorized later in 1989, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2016 (Executive Order 01.01.1989.06; Executive Order 01.01.2004.59; Executive Order 01.01.2008.17; Executive Order 01.01.2011.06; Executive Order 01.01.2016.07).
Maryland Monument, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 2003. Photo by Elizabeth W. Newell.
For damaged monuments, the Commission assesses their historical significance, design, financial need, and physical condition to determine which monuments will receive financial assistance for restoration. Professional conservators and historic preservationists determine and carry out appropriate treatment for each monument. The Commission also assigns responsibility for maintenance of each monument and prepares educational and tourism materials for public distribution. From 1989 to 2014, the Commission has arranged for the cleaning and restoration of 108 Maryland military memorials, including 23 out of state.
Appointed by the Governor, the Commission consists of up to seventeen members. The Secretary of Planning serves as chair.
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