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Celebrating Women in Business & the Arts

17 Sep

Lane Burritt, Principal of Aeon was asked to participate in the 1st Annual “Celebrating Women in Business & the Arts” on the grounds of Marietta House. Lane demonstrated preservation tools and discussed material identification. She was assisted by her daughter, Abigail.


Abigail shows off a how a borescope can be useful in conservation work.

Celebrate women of many talents: artists and entrepreneurs. Shop from female-owned food and craft vendors. View artists’ demonstrations and artworks, enjoy author’s readings, preservation demonstrations,music, and more. 


Marietta is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Restoration of the Mexican War Midshipmen’s Monument

9 Sep

Aeon just completed the restoration of the Mexican War Midshipmen’s Monument, Aeon’s second major project at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The monument was an 1848 gift by the Academy’s Brigade of Midshipmen. The restoration was made possible thanks to a gift from the Class of 1986. The monument was unveiled at a ceremony this morning during reunion weekend.

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Aeon Staff Member to Present at National Trust Conference

3 Nov

Oculus_Rift_-_Developer_Version_-_Back_and_Control_BoxAn Oculus Rift Headset. Photo from

Aeon Conservation Intern Kendra Parzen will present at the National Trust’s annual PastFoward Conference in Washington, DC this week.  Her presentation “The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset: What Does It Mean for Heritage Tourism?” focuses on the opportunities provided to heritage sites by this emerging technology while also exploring the continuing limitations of virtual reality.  As one of four winners of the National Council for Preservation Education’s student paper competition, she will present at their Learning Lab entitled New Thinking, New Perspectives in Historic Preservation taking place between 9:45 and 11:15 on Thursday, November 5.  If you’re attending the conference, please stop by!

Star Spangled Banner Trail Opens in Bladensburg

8 Jun


Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez attended another ribbon cutting just down the street from our office to celebrate the opening of the Star Spangled Banner Trail in Maryland. The event, held at Bladenburg’s Waterfront Park included an unfurling of a full-size replica of the Star Spangled Banner and such luminaries as Governor Martin O’Malley, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, County Executive Rushern Baker and other local politicians. Aeon and Independent Custom Metalworks of Bladensburg donated a replica of a Congreve Rocket to the visitor center and have been supporting related local tourism efforts by the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area and the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance.


New Potomac River Heritage Tourism Visitor Center

3 Jun


In a rare example of public private cooperation, Tanger Outlet and the Peterson Companies have supported local heritage tourism efforts by integrating local history into the new Tanger Outlets at National Harbor. On June 3 the Prince George’s County African American Heritage Preservation Group opened a new visitor center and memorial garden called Experience Salubria. The visitor center includes archeological exhibits and interpretive signage on the rich cultural, historical, and natural legacy in the County along the Potomac River as well as telling the story of the plantation on which the outlet mall sits. Bronze plaques are located within the mall and a memorial garden featuring a designed landscape, interpretive signs, and historic wall fragments is located on the grounds. The Washington Post did a nice article on the grand opening. Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez helped win a Star Spangled 200 grant from the State of Maryland to pay for interpretive signage on the War of 1812 history nearby and spoke briefly during the opening day ceremonies about this history. The ribbon cutting featured many local politicians including County Executive Rushern Baker, Delegates Jolene Ivey, Jay Walker, and Obie Patterson as well as Native American representatives from the Piscataway Conoy.




Star Spangled Banner Grant Award

26 Mar


Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez was one of a number of folks receiving grant awards from Governor O’Malley at the Maryland Statehouse on Tuesday. The grant was awarded to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area on behalf of the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance (Alfonso is on the boards of both organizations). With him are Laurence Winston of the Prince George’s County African American Heritage Preservation Group and Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of ATHA.. The award ceremeny was one of several things going on in celebration of Maryland Day. A fife and drum corps heralded the arrival of a full scale replica of the Star Spangled Banner that had been delivered earlier in the day by the Pride of Baltimore.


Silver Gull Beach Club Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

2 Nov

Wes Enzinna’s news report “The Destruction of Breezy Point” at shows that the Silver Gull Beach Club was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. “It looked like a ghost town. Every window was broken, most of the buildings leaned heavily to one side; some had collapsed entirely. There were two swimming pools, each filled with rubble and rainwater.” But the pictures accompanying the article tell the story. The beach club is located on National Park Service property and run as a concession as part of the Gateway National Recreational Area by Aeon client Ortega Family Enterprises. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, their staff, and the residents of nearby Breezy Point.