September 10, 2020
Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. Announces Transition
Executive Director Aaron Marcavitch Stepping Down
The Chair of the Maryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails) Heritage Area Inc. Managing Board, Ariel Trahan, has announced that long-time Executive Director Aaron Marcavitch is stepping down to take the role of Executive Director of Connecticut Landmarks. “Aaron has been a tremendous advocate and leader in our region. We are grateful for all of his contributions and wish him well in his new role.” said Trahan. Board Treasurer, Stefan Woehlke, added, “Aaron is leaving behind an organization that he has helped grow to support an increasing number of important community-led projects across the heritage area.”
The board will be pursuing a comprehensive review of their existing strategic plan with consultant Elizabeth Watson of Heritage Strategies. This process will assess organizational diversity, inclusion, needs, and plans for the future. The board anticipates developing a set of goals, criteria, and position announcement for release by early November. The organization is seeking to bring a new director by the early spring of 2021.
Marcavitch, who served in the role since 2010, was tasked with growing and enhancing organizational programs. He has overseen the development of the War of 1812/Battle of Bladensburg programs, supported the development of a countywide Civil Rights Trail, and has helped lead the growing trail tourism work within the region. Kirstin Falk, Heritage Programs Manager, and Grace Davenport, Trail Tourism Manager, will continue to lead these programs. Additionally, the organization will continue to support the award of a variety of grant support to local partners in history, historic preservation, arts, culture, and natural resources.
The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is one of 13 Heritage Areas certified by the State of Maryland under the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Certified in 2001, the region encompasses over 100 square miles of Northern Prince Georges County – bordered by Washington, D.C. to the south, Montgomery County to the West, Howard and Anne Arundel County to the North and encompassing portions of Bowie, Glenn Dale, and Cheverly to the East, as amended in 2017.
Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. highlights the first and unique moments which have occurred (or are occurring) in the Maryland Certified Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. This program brings information about these “milestones” to the public and makes connections between the history, culture, and environment of the region. Additionally, the Maryland Milestones brand emphasizes the importance travel, trade, and communication have played in the region – through turnpikes, highways, parkways, aviation, streetcars, telegraphs, and train travel. This program involves updating signage, creating information kiosks, building a heritage center, and the development of interpretive heritage routes.