Greenbelt Museum All Set to Celebrate Labor Day

Greenbelt's Labor Day Festival is a decades-long tradition. Festival-goers in the late 1950s gather around a booth in this photograph from the Museum's archives. Photograph by Paul Kasko.

Labor Day is a big deal in Greenbelt!  Crowds start arriving Friday evening for carnival rides, booths selling hot dogs and funnel cakes, music and activities, and, of course, the parade on Labor Day itself. The town first began having a town festival over the Labor Day weekend in 1939, and although the Labor Day Festival as we know it today did not really begin (following WWII) until 1955, it has been going strong ever since.  The Museum has been preparing for the big weekend for months now and is pleased to offer something new this year – free walking tours of the historic area of Greenbelt!

Join the Greenbelt Museum’s, Stephen Oetken, for a walking tour of historic Greenbelt.  Visit and learn about all of the iconic sites including the Greenbelt Community Center and Roosevelt Center.

Greenbelt is best viewed from its interior walkways, join the Museum for free walking tours Labor Day weekend. Photograph by Megan Searing Young.

Travel the winding interior walkways to view our significant brick, block and frame homes. These tours are part of a pilot program and may be offered on some upcoming Sundays in the fall and spring (for a fee). Labor Day weekend tours are free, but require a ticket as space is limited. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the Greenbelt  Museum’s table on Information Day, Saturday September 3 in the RooseveltCenter, from 9:30 to 4pm. Walking tours will be given on Sunday, September 4 at 10 am and Monday, September 5 at 3pm.

Green from the Start t-shirts are for sale at the Museum house, come by to pick one up!

Also at the Greenbelt Museum’s table at  Information Day in Roosevelt Center, on Saturday, September 3, we will be screening our new orientation film, come by and take a look. We will also offer a watercolor activity for kids.  The Museum’s historic house will be open for free walk-throughs on Sunday, September 4, from 1-5pm and from 12-3pm on Monday immediately following the parade and the Museum exhibition, Green from the Start: A History of Gardening Greenbelt, is also on display in the Community Center.

We have also just completed the latest edition of the Museum newsletter, the Utopian. To access it, please click here Summer 2011 Greenbelt Museum Utopian 

We hope to see you this weekend!

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