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Meet Adam Francis Plummer from Edmonston

Adam Francis Plummer, who was born into slavery in 1819, grew up on the Calvert family’s Riversdale plantation. He was educated by an itinerant minister and kept a diary from 1841 until his death in 1905. Now in the care … Continue reading

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Home Video of Kiddieland in Takoma Park

Kiddieland Park 1964 (says Montgomery County but actual Prince George’s) Here are a few of the comments from the YouTube site. Add your memories to the comments. radar75758 Thanks so much for posting this video! I’ve been looking for a photo … Continue reading

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Home Movie About Bus Travel in Hyattsville

WMATA Vintage GM Fishbowl Buses, Prince George’s Plaza, Hyattsville

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A Family Home Movie from Cheverly

Shaughnessy Home Movies (Cheverly, MD)

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A Home Movie from Magruder Park

4th of July Magruder Park, Hyattsville, MD 1960s

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Meet John Carroll from Upper Marlboro

John Carroll is remembered today as the first Archbishop of America and the founder of Georgetown University. Born on January 8, 1735 on a 27,000 acre plantation in Upper Marlboro, Carroll and his family were active in the early organization … Continue reading

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Meet Michael Steele from Landover

Michael Steele, the ubiquitous political television pundit, former Republican Party chairman, and  ex Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, was born at Andrews Airforce Base in the County.  While he grew up mostly in neighboring DC, he returned to the County as … Continue reading

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Meet Kathie Lee Gifford (nee Epstein) from Bowie

Kathie Lee Gifford may have been born in Paris, but she arrived in Bowie at 4 years old and by 14 she was entertaining the county as a folk singer and cheerleader.  Known then as Kathie Lee Epstein, she won Maryland’s Junior … Continue reading

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Meet Jim Henson of University Park

Jim Henson (the Muppets!!) came to University Park as a 5th grader, and he started his puppetry career right away.  At  Northwestern High School, he creating puppets for a TV show called The Junior Morning Show.  As a commuting student at UMD, he developed the … Continue reading

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Meet Mother Jones of Adelphi

Mary Harris Jones, known as the labor activist  Mother Jones, moved to a friend’s farm in Adelphi in her later years, at the intersection of Riggs and Powder Mill.   Considered “the most dangerous woman in America” for her ability to lead … Continue reading

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