Greenbelt Halloween Parade 1948

Greenbelt Halloween Parade 1948

Sean Reilly sings Frank Sinatra tunes at the Greenbelt Museum's 2013 Rexford Revue

Sean Reilly sings Frank Sinatra tunes at the Greenbelt Museum’s 2013 Rexford Revue

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our second annual fundraiser, the Rexford Revue, on September 20, 2013. The evening began with classic cocktails created by Dan Searing, author of the Punch Bowl and delicious hors d’ouevres prepared by Jeremy Ehrenreich, of Jerome and Sons.  Guests were invited to bid on a wide range of silent auction items – everything from gift certificates to local restaurants, to vintage jewelry, and gift baskets. All generously donated by area businesses and individuals.

Then the show began – and what a show!  Sean “Sinatra” Reilly wowed the crowd with his tribute to Frank Sinatra – and not just with his voice but with fascinating stories about Sinatra and his music. Following the show, guests were invited to place final bids and the winners were announced. To see more photos from the evening, please visit the Museum’s Facebook page. We are already planning next year’s event, so stay tuned for details! 

In the meantime, our very sincere thanks to our sponsors: Maryland Milestones/ATHA and the Greenbelt Arts Center and ALL of the businesses and individuals listed below who donated goods and services to our auction! 

Timothy Maloney, Esq.

Joseph, Greenwald and Laake

Sean Reilly

Kathleen Gallagher

Dan Searing

Richard Marcus, Esq.


Maria’s Beauty Salon

New Deal Café

ReMax Realty

Sir Walter Raleigh Inn

Joe’s Crab Shack

Meli Melo Pizza

Hershey’s Ice Cream

Marriott Bar and Grill

Chef Lou

Jeremy Ehrenreich, Caterer

Maryland Milestones/ATHA

Greenbelt Arts Center

Join us on Friday, September 20 from 7:30 – 10:00 pm for our second annual Rexford Revue, a fundraising event celebrating the museum. Held at the Greenbelt Arts Center (123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770), the Revue will feature a Frank Sinatra tribute from Sean Reilly, classic cocktails from Dan Searing, author of The Punch Bowl, a silent auction, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets can be purchased here for $30 for an individual or $50 for two people (tickets include one classic cocktail per person and hors d’oeuvres). This event is co-sponsored by the Greenbelt Arts Center and Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.

IMG_4865Celebrate with the Greenbelt Museum! 

Saturday, August 31
11am and 1pm – Two free walking tours from the museum house at 10-B Crescent Road. Limit 20 people on each tour.
The house will not be open for drop in tours on Saturday.

Sunday,  September 1

11am – 1pm – Accepting entries for the Retro Town Fair at the Roosevelt Center.
1pm – 3pm – Retro Town Fair Judging
3pm – 5pm – Ribbon winners and entries from the Retro Town Fair on display

1pm – 5pm – Free tours of the museum house at 10-B Crescent Road.

Monday, September 2
9:30am – 11:30am – Vintage Bike Brigade as part of the Labor Day parade.  Participants meet at the Greenbelt Baptist Church parking lot (Crescent and Greenhill Road).  In the event of inclement weather, please call 301-507-6582 for updated information.
11:30am – 2pm – Free tours of the museum house at 10-B Crescent Road with Tea Pops available to purchase.


The midway at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

With Labor Day right around the corner, the Museum’s plans for the celebration are well underway and include walking tours, free tours of the Museum house, the Retro Town Fair, a vintage bike brigade for the Labor Day Parade, and refreshments right after the parade at 10B Crescent!

Two walking tours are scheduled for Saturday, August 31. The first tour will leave  at 11am from the museum’s historic house at 10-B Crescent Road and second will leave at 1pm. Walking tours are free, but space is limited.  The house will not be open for drop in tours on Saturday, but all are welcome for free tours on Sunday, September 1 from 1pm-5pm and on Labor Day Monday from 11:30-2pm.

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Canned goods at the 2012 Retro Town Fair

A tradition revived last year for the 75th Anniversary, the Museum’s Retro Town Fair will return on Sunday, September 1, in Roosevelt Center, just near the Mother and Child statue. This is your chance to enter flowers, vegetables, baked goods, canned goods, needlework, and sewing into the competition. Entries accepted 11am-1pm. Judging is from 1pm-3pm, then entries and ribbon-winners will be on display from 3pm-5pm. retro town fair form 2013 Just fill out this form for each entry and bring it with you. For more info, click here.

Also on Sunday, September 1, the Museum house is open for tours from 1-5pm. Tours are free, but we ask that you arrive no later than 4:30pm. Or come by to peruse the Museum’s gift shop and pick up an Eleanor or Franklin Roosevelt hand fan!

On Monday, the Museum will participate in the annual Labor Day Parade with a vintage bike brigade – we are seeking participants, so if you have a vintage bike and/or vintage clothes and would like to be a part of the Parade, please send an email to For more info about the vintage bike brigade click here.

Immediately following the parade, all are invited to the Museum’s historic house at 10B Crescent for refreshments!  Fabulous  Tea Pops will be available for purchase and we’ll have lemonade and cookies while supplies last. Take a quick tour of the Museum house while you’re there!  The house will be open from 11:30am-2pm. For more information about the events listed here, go to our Events page. For more information about the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival click here.

Rexford Revue 2013 reducedComing September 20, 2013 – the REXFORD REVUE!  Tickets can be purchased here for $30 for an individual or $50 for two people (tickets include one classic cocktail per person and hors d’oeuvres). This event is co-sponsored by the Greenbelt Arts Center and Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.

10B poster 3Tired of visiting mansions, estates, & historic houses that glorify the wealthy? Come visit the the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house and get a glimpse of what life was like for an average family in the late 1930s and 1940s!  The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house, located at 10B Crescent Road, is open for guided tours on Sundays from 1-5pm.  The house has been restored and furnished with objects from the period of roughly1936-1952.  The furniture on display was designed by the Resettlement Administration’s Special Skills Division and made available to early Greenbelt residents – they could add it to their month’s rent.  The home also includes objects associated with the everyday life of a family of moderate income during these years such as depression glass, streamlined appliances, children’s toys, clothes, and linens.  Learn about the history of Greenbelt, Maryland – a bold experiment in modern town planning and cooperative living!  Learn also how this Utopian community, sadly wasn’t open to all. Even though both African American and white workers built Greenbelt, because of segregration practices, only white families could apply.  Tours begin with a 10-minute orientation film, followed by a walk-through of the historic house. No reservations are required, but we do recommend that you arrive no later than 4:30pm.  And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop!  (All proceeds support the Museum’s mission.) Admission is $3.00, children under 12 and Friends of the Greenbelt Museum members admitted free!

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

Join us on July 16, 2013, 7:30pm to learn about Greenbelt’s Parkbelt homes.

Tucked away on a wooded cul-de-sac in Greenbelt, Maryland are ten prefabricated, steel-framed, single family homes, remnants of an experiment by Howard Fisher and the federal government to develop modern housing using new building materials in a cooperative setting. Built in the planned community of Greenbelt, the Parkbelt homes reflected the “modern” social and architectural values of the community and its residents. Ultimately, they were the result of an integrated vision of housing held by its architect: Howard Fisher.

Howard Fisher said that “the time has come to design our houses at least as well as we design our factories.” This lecture, to be given by Stephen Oetken, who holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from University of Maryland, will trace the journey of the Parkbelt houses from a socialist vision to prefabricated reality, and why this idea of building prefabricated housing in the government’s planned community did not come to fruition. Free!  Lecture will take place in the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 201, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. There is ample free parking on both sides of the building. Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum.

Roosevelt Ride 05.26.13Thanks so much to everyone who came out to participate in the Museum’s first ever Roosevelt Ride! Nearly fifty people enoyed a leisurely ride through historic Greenbelt, picnicking on the lawn, and tours of the Museum’s historic house. There were beautiful vintage bikes, some amazing vintage outfits, and super delicious Tea Pops. Roosevelt Ride Allison TitmanMany thanks to our sponsors Maryland Milestones, Tea Pops and the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. teapops photoSpecial thanks also to Proteus Bicycles for bringing their “penny farthing”  high wheeled bike – talk about vintage! We have posters from the event ($10) for sale in the Museum gift shop, as well as Eleanor and Franklin fans ($1) so come by Sundays from 1-5pm to pick them up. And we’re already talking about ways to improve the event for next year – so stay tuned for details!

FINAL  Roosevelt Ride poster reducedJoin us on Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11am for the first ever Greenbelt Museum Roosevelt Ride! Throw on some vintage clothes, grab your picnic basket and come for a day of biking and picnicing in historic Greenbelt. Riders are invited to gather on the front lawn of the Greenbelt Community Center (15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770) at 11am. Take a leisurely bike ride through the historic Greenbelt community — built in 1937 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a project of the New Deal — and return to the lawn of the Greenbelt Community Center to eat and socialize. The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is right across the street and we’ll be offering free tours for bike ride participants beginning at 1pm. Bring your own food (sorry, no alcohol allowed), buy some Tea Pops, sample some lemonade or grab something delicious from the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. This event is free! And don’t worry if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to do the ride – you are welcome to join us for the picnicking! Organized by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and sponsored by Maryland Milestones/ATHA, Inc., Tea Pops, and the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. Questions? Give us a call at 301-507-6582 or email

Farmer's market  Maryland Milestones logo  Tea pops

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Greenbelt Theatre in 1942. Photo by Marjory Collins. Library of Congress

UPDATE:  We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the tremendous effort of the Greenbelt community (folks both near and far!), Greenbelt was awarded a preservation grant for $75,000 to aid in the renovation of the historic Greenbelt Theater! 

Partners in Preservation, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has chosen the Greenbelt Theatre and 23 other historic places in and around DC to compete to win up to $100,000 in grant funding. The old-fashioned, single screen theatre that has been at the heart of Greenbelt’s commercial core for 75 years is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. Renovation and installation of digital projection equipment will ensure the continued viability of this treasure.

Go to, login with Facebook or create a log-in account, then vote!  The Theatre gets extra poins when you tweet or post on Instragram with the hash tag #greenbelttheatre and #preserveDMV. Even if Greenbelt isn’t in first place, preservation funds will be divided up among participants, and community involvement counts!


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