COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For 25 years, students from the University of Maryland have gone to England to assist with the restoration of Kiplin Hall, a 17th century manor house known as the birthplace of Maryland. George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore, built Kiplin Hall in the 1620s and his related families lived in it until 1971.
In March 2012, David Fogle, professor emeritus of the university's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Ken Day, executive producer for Maryland Public Television, received a grant to create a documentary of the historic house, its restoration, student work and related events.
Almost one year later, the documentary—Kiplin Hall: Birthplace of Maryland—will premiere on Maryland Public Television. The documentary gives viewers a tour of the historic property and shows how it has impacted the state of Maryland and how the enthusiasm of a group of college students, under the guidance of an impassioned professor, can produce results that few would have imagined. And when one considers that it was a Calvert descendant in Maryland who started an agricultural school that would eventually become the University of Maryland, the cycle becomes complete.
Kiplin Hall: Birthplace of Maryland premieres at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 on Maryland Public Television. The documentary will repeat at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 on MPT 2 and at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 on MPT1.