About

Hello! My name is Eli Pousson. I am a historic preservation advocate and local historian in Baltimore, Maryland. I work for Baltimore Heritage, occasionally blog at Historic Sprawl, collect references on Zotero, and share photographs on Flickr. I also tweet @elipousson.

This site is a personal collection of research notes, projects, and presentations. I’m interested in historic preservation, open-source technology, networked nonprofits, social justice organizing, racial justice, public parks, community archives and sustainable transportation.

I volunteer as a board member of the Rainbow Heritage Network, Preservation Rightsizing Network, Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes, Lakeland Community Heritage Project and as an occasional organizer for the Baltimore Family Bike Party.

Lately, I’ve been busy working on Baltimore’s Civil Rights Landmarks, Explore Baltimore Heritage, and a new digital collections site for Baltimore Heritage.

Resume

Experience

Director of Preservation and Outreach

Baltimore Heritage, June 2013 — present

Field Officer

Baltimore Heritage, October 2010 — June 2013

Architectural Historian

District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, March 2009 — August 2009

Education

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Master’s of Applied Anthropology, May 2008

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, May 2005

Facilitation

Explore Baltimore Heritage 101: Community-Based Teaching & Learning Workshop

Explore Baltimore Heritage 101
UMBC, Catonsville, Baltimore County, Maryland, 2017 February 10

Local Preservation School Workshop Series

Local Preservation School
New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC., 2016 September – December

Right Size, Right Place Forum

Preservation Rightsizing Network
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2013 September 11

Talks

Local Preservation School 101 Ignite Talk

Openlab Workshop
Crystal City, Virginia, 2015 December 1

We have a problem with vacant houses in Baltimore.

Vernacular Architecture Forum
Chicago, Illinois, June 6, 2015

Getting It Right With Rightsizing: Preservation’s Role in Legacy Cities

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions FORUM
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18, 2014

Mobile Interpretation and Social Media Infiltration as Preservation Advocacy in Five Cities

Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities
Cleveland, Ohio, June 5, 2014

Building Digital (and Traditional!) Tours of Baltimore’s Historic Buildings & Neighborhoods

Society for American City and Regional Planning History
Toronto, Canada, October 4, 2013

Friends of West Baltimore Squares: Communications Case Study

Preservation Maryland Summer School
Annapolis, MD, July 2013

Interpreting the Past, Building a Future through Archaeology in Lafayette Square.

Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland, January 2012

Baltimore City as Laboratory: Transformations of Urban Neighborhoods through Public History Programming

American Studies Association Annual Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland, October 23, 2011

Social Networking 101: Does Facebook Have a Place in Preservation?

Preserve Minnesota Annual Statewide Historic Preservation
Fairbault, Minnesota, September 22, 2011

Get on the Train: Social Media for Preservation Commissions and Non-Profits

Preservation Maryland Preservation and Revitalization Conference
Annapolis, Maryland, May 2011

Preservation Strategies in Low-Income Neighborhoods

National Preservation Conference, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Austin, Texas, October 2010

Learning from Lakeland, Maryland

The Diverse Suburb: History, Politics and Prospects
National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, October 2009

Learning from the Lakeland Community Heritage Project

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting
Memphis, TN, March 2008

Learning from Lakeland Community Heritage

Sharing Authority: Building Community-University Alliances through Oral History, Digital Storytelling and Collaboration
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, February 2008

Grants

Herring Run Archaeology

..., Preservation Maryland, Heritage Fund, 2015.

Battle of Baltimore

..., Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2014.

Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park

$66,000, American Battlefield Protection Program, August 2013.
Received $66,000 grant from the NPS ABPP program for the Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park archaeological investigation.

Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park

$35,000, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, August 2013.
Received a grant from MHAA for the Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park archaeological investigation.

Bmore Historic

..., Preservation Maryland, Heritage Fund, November 2011.
Received a grant for supporting the cost of Bmore Historic.

Witness to the War of 1812

$4,000, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, July 2011.
Received a grant from MHAA to develop an online/mobile collection of profiles on extant historic places associated with the War of 1812.

Survey and Inventory Grant

$2,000, Archeological Society of Maryland, 2011.
Received support from Maryland Historical Trust and the Archeological Society of Maryland with Dr. David Gadsby and Mr. Brandon Bies for a archeological survey and public archeology program of the Civil War camp at Lafayette Square Park in Baltimore.

Practicing Democracy Grant - Race and Place in Baltimore Neighborhoods

$9,000, Maryland Humanities Council, 2010-2011.
Received a $9000 grant to conduct a program series of 3 walking tours and 1 lecture in historic African American neighborhoods documented by on online archive.

Reports

Midtown Edmondson Historic District

National Register of Historic Places Historic District Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015

Edmondson Village Historic District

National Register of Historic Places Historic District Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015

American Ice Company

National Register of Historic Places Historic Landmark Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013

Old Hamilton Library

National Register of Historic Places Historic Landmark Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2012

Edmondson Avenue Historic District

National Register of Historic Places Historic District Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2011

Hebrew Orphan Asylum

National Register of Historic Places Landmark Nomination, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010

Hotel Hamilton

DC Local Landmark Designation, Washington, DC, 2010

Mary Surratt House

National Register of Historic Places Landmark Nomination, Washington, DC, 2009

Tools I Use (Often)

Tools I Use (Sometimes)

About this site

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Fine Print

This is my personal Web site. The opinions expressed herein represent my own, and not those of any employer, group, or organization. All writing is published under a Creative Commons Attribution license. All code available on GitHub and distributed under the MIT license.