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Great Turn-Out for Memory Project at Community Forklift Event

We had a table and ran a workshop at Community Forklift‘s Event last Saturday in Edmonston.   Joined by Joe Hourcle from the Upper Marlboro Historical Committee, we identified all kinds of folks with home videos and photographs:  even the staff … Continue reading

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Meet Mya Marie Harrison of Greenbelt

Mya (born on October 10, 1979 and raised in Greenbelt as Mya Marie Harrison) was named in honor of poet Maya Angelou, was influenced by Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton, Madonna, and Fred Astaire, has won just about every music award … Continue reading

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Prince George’s Claims 3 of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Roy Buchanan, of Mount Rainer, is No. 57.  John Fahey of Takoma Park is No. 78.  And Link Wray of Accokeek, is No. 45.  Each of them are part of an exclusive club, according to Rolling Stone Magazine:  the 100 … Continue reading

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Meet Turkey Tayac of Accokeek

Turkey Tayac, born as Philip Sheridan Proctor, the leader of the Piscataway Indian Nation of Prince George’s County, and an inspiration to Native Americans throughout America, was instrumental in re-claiming the continuing legacy and culture of the Piscataway in Maryland.  The first European to note … Continue reading

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Save the Date! October 26: Community Forklift to Showcase the Memory Project

We’ll be holding a workshop on October 26th at Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center in Edmonston.   Join us there as we project some of our most interesting home movies and photographs found to date.  We’ll also be providing … Continue reading

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Cheerleaders and Cap Center live on in home movies (1976)

This should take you back:  Cheerleaders from the Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro competing with great energy and gusto at the Capital Center (“Cap Center”) in Largo.  This was uploaded to YouTube as one of Mary Jane Bostian family’s Super 8 … Continue reading

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Restored: Ridgeley Rosenwald School House

Julius Rosenwald, a wealthy businessman and the president of Sears, established The Rosenwald Fund in 1917 with Booker T. Washington.  This fund, which held $70 million dollars, was used primarily to fund construction of nearly 5000 schools for African American … Continue reading

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Lost: The Warington Tobacco Barn

In 1988, the Maryland Historical Trust considered the old Warington Tobacco Barn as: “probably the best surviving example in Prince George’s County of a 19th century tobacco barn.” Under state protection as an historical landmark until it was destroyed during … Continue reading

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In 1939, The Country Was Counting on Greenbelt

At the New York World’s Fair of 1939, a film about Greenbelt was screened for the first time as a study of a new kind of city.   Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the … Continue reading

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Meet Zina Garrison of Hyattsville

Zina Garrison, of Hyattsville, is a world-renouned tennis celebrity and Olympic gold medalist (1988).  Serving as honorary chairman of the ATA National Championships in 2002, held at the Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation, she brought national attention to the roots of … Continue reading

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