Labor Day is Coming! New Exhibition & Retro Town Fair

Labor Day weekend will be action-packed for the Greenbelt Museum as we open a new exhibition entitled, Greenbelt: The First 75 Years 1937-2012, on Friday, August 31, offer walking tours on Saturday, co-sponsor the Retro Town Fair on Sunday, and walk in the parade and welcome visitors to the Museum house on Monday.

Poster for new exhibition designed by Nora Simon

The new exhibition, Greenbelt: The First 75 Years 1937-2012, examines Greenbelt’s history in timeline form and features photographs, ephemera, and artifacts from Greenbelt’s 75 year history.  Through an interactive feature in the exhibition, Greenbelters are invited to share important dates and moments in their own lives – so bring copies of photos to leave at the exhibition, or jot down favorite memories of Greenbelt experiences while you’re there. The exhibit, which will will open at 6pm Friday, August 31, is supported by a grant from the Greenbelt Community Foundation, by the City of Greenbelt, by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the 75th Anniversary Committee. The exhibit will be installed in the Museum gallery in the Community Center which is open Monday-Saturday  from 9am-10pm, and Sundays 9am-7pm.

Another way to experience Greenbelt history Labor Day Weekend is by taking a walking tour on Saturday, September 1. The free tours, sponsored by the Greenbelt Museum, and led by tour guides Stephen Oetken and Matt Johnson, will leave from Roosevelt Center at 1oam, 12noon, and 2pm and will terminate at the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house which will be open from 11am-3pm. The tours are free, but will leave promptly at the times listed.

Sunday, September 2, we hope you’ll join us as we put on a Retro Town Fair at  Roosevelt Center. Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, wanted to bring back a beloved tradition from Greenbelt’s earliest years. So in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary Committee, the Greenbelt Museum is organizing a Town Fair much like those the earliest Greenbelters enjoyed starting back in 1939. As many of you already know, Greenbelt “pioneers” were an energetic lot and they were gifted at organizing. The Garden Club asked the City Council for permission to hold a flower show since so many early residents were avid gardeners. The idea was accepted and blossomed into an event similar to a county fair with ribbons awarded for garden grown veggies and plants, pies, needlework and more.  As a 75th Anniversary Event, we are holding a one-day affair at the Roosevelt Center on September 2, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Categories include flowers and vegetables, canned goods, baked goods and needlework. Start planning your entries now!  Drop off for entries is from 11am to 1pm. To enter, just fill out the Retro Town Fair Registration Form and bring it with your entry (or entries) to Roosevelt Center between 11am and 1pm on Sunday, Sept. 2. Judging will take place from 1pm-3pm, then the fair will be open to public for viewing from 3pm-5pm. All entries must be picked up by 6pm.  See you at the Fair!

On Labor Day Monday, the Greenbelt Museum will march in the Labor Day Parade, then immediately following the parade, the Museum house will be open from 11:30-2pm for quick tours and hand-cranked ice cream. Did you know the Greenbelt Museum is 25 years old this year?!  We are celebrating with a not-to-be-missed event on September 27, 2012 – The Rexford Revue: A Post Prohibition Evening. Stay tuned for more information!

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