January Lecture Explores Greenbelt’s Cultural Landscape

Photo by Ennis Barbery

Photo by Ennis Barbery

January 20, 2015, 7:30pm

15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770

We are very pleased to be welcoming Ennis Barbery, University of Maryland M.A.A. graduate, back to Greenbelt to share her research into Greenbelt’s ever-changing cultural landscape. Beginning in June 2013, Ms. Barbery collaborated with the Museum to conduct 14 oral history interviews with both new and old residents to discover and document how current Greenbelters interact with their city’s landscape: how residents move through the city, how they actively shape the landscape, and how Greenbelt’s landscape features influence residents’ actions. See and hear snippets of two of the oral histories she collected here. The Greenbelt Museum is fortunate to have a strong collection of oral histories which began to be gathered on the occasion of the city’s 50th anniversary in 1987. Ms. Barbery’s work builds on that collection and reveals residents’ insights into what Greenbelt is like today.  Residents spoke not just of Greenbelt’s strengths but also some of its challenges. Not long after completing her practicum with the Greenbelt Museum, Ms. Barbery became the Executive Director of the Museum of Chincoteague Island in Chincoteague, Virginia. We wish her well in her position!

Lectures are free, open to the public and take place in Room 201 of the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. This is the final lecture in our series that has been offered in conjunction with the exhibition, Greenbelt: The First 75 Years, 1937-1952. The exhibition is scheduled to close in mid-February. Exhibit and lecture are sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum, the City of Greenbelt, The Greenbelt Community Foundation, and Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc. In the event of inclement weather, the lecture may be postponed, please call the city’s weather hotline for information: 301-474-0646.

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