Events

Celebrate Labor Day with the Greenbelt Museum!

It’s hard to believe, but Labor Day 2016 is nearly here! Join us to celebrate the holiday as only Greenbelt can!

Saturday, September 3, 10am   Take a history-filled walking tour. The tour will leave from the museum’s historic house at 10-B Crescent Road. Learn aboutGreenbelt’s unique design and why the community is a National Historic Landmark.  The tour is free but space is limited.

Sunday, September 4, 1pm-5pm Museum house open free of charge! Come by 10-B Crescent for quick tours, check out the gift shop, and have a sneak peek at 10-A Crescent. Give us your input on the space which will become a visitor and education center.

Monday, September 5, 11:30am-1pm 10-B Crescent Rd. Immediately following the parade, stop by the Museumhouse for cookies and lemonade – while they last!

Attention gardeners, bakers, handcrafters, picklers etc. –  Museum staff and the FOGM Board of Directors made the difficult decision to suspend the Retro Town Fair this year. Our Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, has taken a leave of absence from the Museum. She was the initiator of the event and has been its primary organizer, so her absence, along with the Museum‘s increased focus on transforming 10A into a visitor and education center, have caused us to evaluate carefully which activities we have the resources to offer. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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The Greenbelt Museum sponsors a free  quarterly lecture series in the Greenbelt Community Center. Topics focus on the period of the Great Depression to World War II and deal with history, material culture, social studies, art history and address contemporary local topics such as diversity and historic preservation.   Lectures are held the third Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October, at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.  To receive notices about upcoming programs, sign up for our free newsletter!  In the event of inclement weather, lectures may be postponed, please call the City of Greenbelt weather hotline at 301-474-0646 for information.

2016 Lecture Series

July 19, 2016 – 7:30pm

“Sleeping Around” — A Presentation by Franklin Vagnone, Co-Author of The Anarchists Guide to Historic House Museums

Bedroom at Hull House. Photograph by Franklin Vagnone

Bedroom at Hull House. Photograph by Franklin Vagnone

Come and enjoy an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation by Franklin Vagnone, a self proclaimed “domestic-archeo-anthropologist” and Principal of Twisted Preservation. He will update us on his national travels seeking “ONE NIGHT STANDS” where he spends the evening in historic house museums and writes about his experiences on his blog, Twisted Preservation (read in over 85 countries). Vagnone is coming to Greenbelt to experience a “one night stand” in the Greenbelt Historic House Museum.  Free!

CANCELLED!    ROOSEVELT RIDE

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June 5, 2016, 11am, Community Center lawn.  The Greenbelt Museum invites you to celebrate the New Deal-era legacy of this historic community by donning your sporty vintage best, hopping on your decorated bicycle, and joining us for a leisurely cycle through town. This event is free and open to all!

Riders should gather for bike decorating on the front lawn of the Greenbelt Community Center at 15 Crescent Road at 11am. We will have some supplies to decorate bicycles, but we encourage participants to bring their own items such as streamers, paper flowers, and ribbons to personalize their bicycles. The ride will kick off at 11:30. The scenic route explores the historic town and loops back to the Community Center lawn, where riders can gather for post-cycling picnicking, socializing, and a few family-friendly lawn games. Vintage bikes and clothing are encouraged, but certainly not required. The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is right across the street and will be offering free tours for participants beginning at 1pm. Bring your own food (sorry, no alcohol allowed) or grab something delicious from the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. Non-cyclists are welcome to join us for the picnicking and lawn games. Poster designed by Joe Parisi.

This event is organized by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. In the event of rain the Ride will be cancelled.

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING

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FILM:  Enough to Live On—The Arts of the WPA    

From the film’s website:  “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project, and highlights artwork, music, writing, and acting, all created under the various New Deal initiatives that put creative Americans on the federal payroll and back to work as a part of our nation’s recovery from the effects of the great crash of October 1929. Featuring more than 70 works of art from this period, as well as rare footage of WPA artists and others at work, this film tells the story of how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal used the arts to bring a message of hope and recovery to the American people, as we dug our way out of the crisis that was the Great Depression. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras. 2015. http://www.two17films.com/films.php

Past Lectures

April 19, 2016 Lecture,  7:30pm

New Deal Farm Resettlements in North Carolina

Penderlea Sign, Ben Shahn, Library of Congress

During the nineteen thirties the federal government oversaw construction of around one hundred housing communities across the United States.  Model “green” towns were constructed in Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio, and farm villages were established in nearly every region of the U.S. These farm resettlements represent an important milestone in rural planning and federal investment that has affected the lives of countless Americans since the Great Depression. Several of these communities were built in North Carolina, including Pembroke Farms for Lumbee Indians, Tillery Farms for African Americans, and Penderlea Homesteads, which was exclusively for whites. Michael Verville will share his research about two of these projects, discuss how they have changed over time, and address contemporary issues around these historically significant, though little understood, communities.

Michael Verville has a background in building construction and studied U.S. History at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, where in 2013 he earned a Master’s in Historic Preservation. He is Program Coordinator for the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough. In that role he leads the organization’s guided tours, heritage education, and volunteer management programs, as well as conducting interviews for local oral history radio show “Orange Slices.” He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Hilary and their three hound dogs, where they foster pooches with Love Mutts Rescue. Michael is also on the support board for Duke Homestead State Historic Site and volunteers with the Museum of Durham History and Habitat for Humanity.

Free!  7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770. Free parking available.

Lenore Thomas Straus, January 2016

jpeg exhibit posterJoin us to learn about Lenore Thomas Straus, the subject of the Museum’s current exhibit, The Knowing Hands That Carve This Stone: The New Deal Art of Lenore Thomas Straus. Exhibition curator, Megan Searing Young, will give an informal, illustrated talk to accompany the exhibition. Topics include the New Deal artist’s early life, influences on her art, her work in Greenbelt and elsewhere, and her ongoing legacy. Light refreshments. Free! Sponsored by The Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. In the event of inclement weather, the lecture may be rescheduled.

 

PAST EVENTS

HANDS ON HISTORY DAY

Boys hanging laundryThe Greenbelt Museum is opening its doors to children of all ages for a day of touching, creating, and learning about life in the early days of Greenbelt. Do laundry with a washboard. Sculpt a small Mother and Child statue in the style of artist Lenore Thomas Straus. Roll out imaginary dough in the kitchen. Explore our view masters. Play dress up. Join a teddy bear picnic and tea party. Type a story for the “Greenbelt Cooperator,” (former name of the Greenbelt News Review) on a vintage typewriter. Hours for this program are from 1-3 pm. All activities are free and will take place at 10B Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Free parking is available across the street in the lot behind the public library.

Also, on May 15, take a sneak peek at 10A Crescent (next door to the Museum house) and share your thoughts with us about which museum functions are the most important to you. The City of Greenbelt, in GHI terms, has purchased the perpetual right to use the space and the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum Board of Directors is beginning the process of transforming the space into a Visitor and Education Center, but we need input from you!

HAUNTED GREENBELT

graphic for smOn Tuesday, October 27, at 7pm, take a short, lantern-lit stroll with us from the Community Center (15 Crescent) over to the Museum house. Hear some scary stories, see vintage Halloween decorations, and have a sip of cider! We’ll gather at the front steps of the Community Center.

Bring a lantern & a blanket!  Free!

 2015 Rexford Revue: A Vintage Vegas Evening

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On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Greenbelt Museum will host its  fourth annual vintage-themed fundraising event, the Rexford Revue. This year the event will have a vintage Las Vegas theme and will feature Matt Macis and Hannah Timm—Live in Concert!  Remember Fred and Ginger? Luci and Desi? Steve and Eydie? This song, dance, and comedy revue features a bit of each of those famous couples and we are delighted that Matt and Hannah’s lively act will be a part of the fun evening we have planned.  The event will be held at the American Legion Post 106,    6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt MD 20770, doors open at 7:00pm.    This is an event is for those 21 and over.

In addition to live musical entertainment, we will have delicious hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and we invite you to bid on a variety of excellent offerings in our silent auction. Cocktail attire is encouraged, or if you’ve got ‘em, don your favorite vintage clothes!

Tickets can be purchased for $30 for an individual or $50 for two people online here. Interested in sponsoring the event, buying an ad in the program or donating to our silent auction?  Contact us at 301-507-6582 or museum@greenbeltmd.gov, or download the sponsorship form: RexfordAdSponsorSheet2015.

2015 Labor Day Schedule

Walking Tours

Join us on Saturday, September 5 for two history-filled walking tours. Tours will leave promptly at 11am and 1pm from the museum’s historic house at 10-B Crescent Road. Walking tours are free, and you do not need to sign up in advance, but space is limited to approximately 20 people for each tour. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes. We’re sorry, but the Museum house is NOT open for drop in tours on Saturday, please see hours below.

Retro Town Fair

Back by popular demand! The Greenbelt Museum will once again participate in the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival with our Retro Town Fair. It will be held on Sunday September 6, 2015 in the Roosevelt Center. This event, inspired by Greenbelt’s earliest town fairs, is a chance for residents to enter to enter flowers, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, canned goods, needlework, sewing and crafts to be displayed and judged by a panel of experts. Ribbons will be given for 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and participation. In the event of a truly superior entry, a Grand Champion ribbon will be awarded.

2015 Greenbelt Museum Retro Town Fair formHOW TO PARTICIPATE:   Drop off your entry and a completed registration form: 2015 Greenbelt Museum Retro Town Fair form at Roosevelt Center near the Mother and Child statue between 11am-12pm on September 6, 2013.  Judging will take place from 12pm-2pm, then the entries will be on view to the public from 2pm-4pm. We ask that all entries be picked up by 5pm. Thank you!

The first Town Fair was held in 1939 after a request from the Garden Club to City Council that a flower competition be held. Council expanded the plan to include canned goods, baked goods, and needlework. The Fair also included concerts, puppet shows, athletic contests, and more. Many of these elements have been incorporated into our modern Labor Day Festival, but the “County Fair” style judging will be revived again this year to pay homage to that earliest of celebrations created by our predecessors in Greenbelt.

 

FOGM Lecture Series

The Greenbelt Museum sponsors a free  quarterly lecture series in the Greenbelt Community Center. Topics focus on the period of the Great Depression to World War II and deal with history, material culture, social studies, art history and address contemporary local topics such as diversity and historic preservation.   Lectures are held the third Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October, at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.  To receive notices about upcoming programs, sign up for our free newsletter!  In the event of inclement weather, lectures may be postponed, please call the City of Greenbelt weather hotline at 301-474-0646 for information.

July 21, 2015 Lecture

Brick, Block, or Frame: A Photo Documentation Project of Greenbelt’s Original Housing

7:30pm

UntitledA Greenbelt Museum lecture entitled, Brick, Block or Frame: A Photo Documentation Project of Greenbelt’s Original Housing, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 in the Community Center. Hear Greenbelt resident and Goucher College Historic Preservation M.A. candidate, Jennifer Sparenberg, speak about her photography project which documents the service sides of Greenbelt’s original housing.

The purpose of the project, as outlined by Ms. Sparenberg, has been to document the existing conditions of the service side of the housing units that are contributing resources to Greenbelt National Historic Landmark (NHL) through photographs.  “Currently,” she says, “there is no complete photo-documentation of the housing units.  By photographing the service side of each unit individually this project creates a baseline against which decisions can be made regarding exterior changes to the units. Comparative studies can be conducted about how historic districts change over time, and, potentially, the photographs could be used in creating historic district guidelines.”
Ms. Sparenberg is a student in the Goucher College Master of Historic Preservation program and the 2014 recipient of the Julia A. Rogers Prize for best graduate paper. She has also served as the Museum’s 2014 Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern, an internship program established by Dr. Joseph Sucher in 2012 to honor his late wife, Dorothy Sucher, who was a Museum founder. Ms Sparenberg’s background includes archaeology, housing inspections, and hazard mitigation planning.  Ms. Sparenberg is the Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Maryland Historical Trust.  She enjoys long walks on National Seashores and living the dream of the New Deal.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum.
Image Credit:  September 1939 aerial photo by Fairchild Aerial Services, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division.

 

Past Events

Hometown Heroes encore flyer DRAFTSaturday, June 13, 2015                     alight dance theater       Hometown Heroes Encore Performance

Established in 1937, Greenbelt, MD was built by the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration during the Depression as an experiment in modern town    planning. In observation of the official 75th anniversary of Greenbelt, alight dance theater performed Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women in June of 2012 at the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house.

The sold out performances honored Greenbelt women, past and present, young and old–whose contributions have made this city such a dynamic and inspiring place to live. Choreographed by Angella Foster in collaboration with the   dancers, this site-specific dance installation was created specifically for the Greenbelt Museum home and its surrounding grounds. Alight dance theater will perform the work again on June 13, 2015 with four showings beginning at 2pm.

The work explores the experiences of the women who lived in Greenbelt as young mothers and homemakers in the late 1930ʼs and early 1940ʼs as “pioneers” of the cooperative spirit of the community. Hometown Heroes  features an original sound score, including interviews with six women as found in the oral history archives of the Greenbelt Museum, as well as music,      advertisements and radio programs of the era.  Because of the size of the Museum house and the nature of the work, space is extremely limited, so all  tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets securely, please visit http://greenbeltmuseum.brownpapertickets.com/

The original project was made possible by the gracious support of the Greenbelt Community Foundation, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, Maryland Milestones/ATHA, Inc., City of Greenbelt, the Greenbelt Museum, and the Greenbelt Recreation Department.  Photo by Maggie Picard

 

2015 Roosevelt Ride3rd Annual Roosevelt Ride,      June 7, 2015

On June 7, 2015 at 11am, the streets of Greenbelt will be filled with brightly decorated bicycles and the Community Center lawn strewn with picnic baskets and blankets for the 3rd annual Roosevelt Ride. The Greenbelt Museum invites you to celebrate the New Deal-era legacy of this historic community by donning your sporty vintage best, hopping on your decorated bicycle, and joining us for a leisurely cycle through town. This event is free and open to all!

Riders should gather for bike decorating on the front lawn of the Greenbelt Community Center at 15 Crescent Road at 11am. We will have some supplies to decorate bicycles, but we encourage participants to bring their own items such as streamers, paper flowers, and ribbons to personalize their bicycles. The ride will kick off shortly at 11:30. The scenic route explores the historic town and loops back to the Community Center lawn, where riders can gather for post-cycling picnicking, socializing, and—new this year—family-friendly lawn games. Vintage bikes and clothing are encouraged, but certainly not required. The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is right across the street and will be offering free tours for participants beginning at 1pm. Bring your own food (sorry, no alcohol allowed) or grab something delicious from the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. Non-cyclists are welcome to join us for the picnicking and lawn games.

This event is organized by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. In the event of rain the Ride will be cancelled.

 

April 2015 Lecture and FOGM ANNUAL MEETING:

Benjamin Abramowitz, WPA Artist

7:00pm—FOGM Annual Meeting

7:30pm– Lecture on Benjamin Abramowitz, WPA Artist

Parkway Apartments, 1947, by Benjamin Abramowitz. This is one of two paintings to be unveiled at the April 21, lecture. The paintings were generously purchased and gifted to the Museum by Pamela Gregory and Richard Marcus. The other is Girls, oil on linen, 1947.

Parkway Apartments, 1947, by Benjamin Abramowitz

We hope you will join us for the FOGM Annual Meeting which will begin at 7:00pm, to be followed by a lecture by Susan Rosenbaum about her father, Benjamin Abramowitz’, many accomplishments at 7:30pm. Mr. Abramowitz was a WPA artist, and long-time Greenbelt resident. Following his employment by the WPA, he went on to become a prolific artist. As part of the lecture, we are very pleased to be able to unveil two works by the late Mr. Abramowitz which were generously purchased and gifted to the Museum by FOGM Board member, Pamela Gregory, and her husband, Richard Marcus. We are so grateful for this gift!  Light refreshments will be served. The event is free!  All are welcome. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt MD.

January 2015 Lecture:

Greenbelt’s Dynamic Cultural Landscape

Ennis Barbery 2014Join us January 20 at 7:30pm as we welcome 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. 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. Photo by Ennis Barbery

 Deco the Halls at the Greenbelt Museum!

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Visit the Museum’s historic house at 10B Crescent on Friday, December 5, from 7pm-10pm after the city’s tree lighting, to see Deco the Halls, a mini exhibition of art deco & vintage holiday decorations.  Take a quick (free!) tour of this original, fully furnished Greenbelt home, which sparkles and glows at night and peruse the gift shop which will be freshly stocked with new holiday merchandise.  Museum house open from 7pm-9pm. No admission charge, fun for all ages.  Free parking is available across the street behind the Greenbelt Public Library. For more information, call 301-507-6582 or email greenbeltmuseum@gmail.com.

Festival of Lights

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Don’t miss this fun juried craft show on December 6 and 7 at the Greenbelt Community Center! Saturday hours are 10am-5pm, Sunday hours are 10am-4pm. Gifts for everyone!  The Museum will have items for sale from our gift shop in room 103, just down the hall from the main show in the gym. For more information about the craft show, visit the City of Greenbelt’s website.

 2014 Rexford Revue: A 1940s-Themed Fundraiser

Join us on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7 – 10pm at the American Legion Post 136 for our third annual Rexford Revue!

Join us as we

  • Take a beginner swing dance lesson with Gottaswing DC
  • Dance the night away to swing music from the Seth Kibel Quintet
  • Take photos with FDR and Eleanor
  • Enjoy tasty refreshments from Jeremy Ehrenreich and Picnic Pops
  • Bid on silent auction items
  • A cash bar, and more!
PLEASE NOTE:  Dancing and/or wearing vintage clothes are entirely OPTIONAL!  We really just want YOU to come celebrate Greenbelt history with us!
American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt MD 20770
21 and Over
Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door. They are $30/person, $50/couple, or $15/student with ID. New this year! You can support the museum by purchasing a higher level ticket, starting at $60. This includes admission up to two people and a generous donation to the Greenbelt Museum. Thank you!
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Remembering IzzCartoon Contest Reception and Award Ceremony

skateboardingPlease join us Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 3-5pm for an event we are co-hosting with the Greenbelt News Review – the Remembering Izzy Cartoon Contest Reception and Award Ceremony. Instead of a lecture this month, we are very pleased to hold this special event to acknowledge participants in the contest and to announce the winner(s).   All of the entries will be on display. In addition, we’ll have panels on from an exhibition that the Museum did several years ago about Izzy Parker and his art. Izzy Parker was a Greenbelt resident and renowned editorial cartoonist who died in 2004.  We are honoring his legacy with this joint project. All are welcome to attend this event.  The event will take place in Room 201 of the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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MPT Screening of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

ATTEND A FREE SCREENING
of a film by Ken Burns

THE ROOSEVELTS:
An Intimate History

Saturday, September 6, 1-3 PM

Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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Admission is free;  but space is limited!  RSVP online or call (240) 542-2075 by September 2.

EXPLORE HISTORIC GREENBELT

The Greenbelt Museum–a perfectly preserved, fully furnished, original New Deal house located across the street from the community center–will be open for tours on 9/6.

Museum house hours on 9/6:  12-1pm before the screening and 3-4pm following the screening

MPT will conduct a free screening and panel discussion event in historic Greenbelt, MD— a New Deal planned community established in 1937. The event will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1-3 PM in the Greenbelt Community Center—formerly the original elementary school building from the New Deal era. MPT will screen a 40 minute excerpt reel of the Ken Burns series, and a distinguished panel of speakers are being assembled for the occasion.

Audience members are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to donate to Teddy Bears for Kids. A collection box will be located onsite. Donations will be distributed to Greenbelt-area kids in need by Prince George’s County Department of Social Services.

EXPLORE HISTORIC GREENBELT

The Greenbelt Museum–a perfectly preserved, fully furnished, original New Deal house located across the street from the community center–will be open for tours on 9/6.

Museum house hours on 9/6:  12-1pm before the screening and 3-4pm following the screening

Self-guided walking tour maps of the historic community are available here and will be available onsite on 9/6.

Visit the Roosevelt Center, home to several restaurants and shops.

 

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FOGM  2014  Lecture Series

The Greenbelt Museum sponsors a free  quarterly lecture series in the Greenbelt Community Center. Topics focus on the period of the Great Depression to World War II and deal with history, material culture, social studies, art history and address contemporary local topics such as diversity and historic preservation.   Lectures are held the third Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October, at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.  To receive notices about upcoming programs, sign up for our free newsletter!

Please note, in lieu of an October 2014 lecture, the Museum is co-sponsoring an event related to the Remembering Izzy Parker cartoon contest. See above.

 

July Lecture:

The History of Maryland’s African American Beaches – A Film Screening  and Panel Discussion

Join us July 15th at 7:30pm to see the short film, “Music to Our Ears: The Sounds of the African American Experience at Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches,” and to hear recollections from Pamela Boardley and Violetta Sharps-Jones, two members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP), who remember visiting the beaches. The Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) is a co-sponsor of this event. See below to learn about a fun beach day event the LCHP is sponsoring in August of this year! And for more online information about the beachs, click here and here.  Lectures are free and open to the public and are held in the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 201, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt Maryland. Many thanks to Mary Corbin Sies for her help in planning this lecture.

 

Douglas Ellington: From Paris to Greenbelt 

Douglas Ellington, one of Greenbelt's architects. Photo Courtesy Library of Congress

Douglas Ellington, one of Greenbelt’s architects. Photo Courtesy Library of Congress

Douglas Ellington, one of Greenbelt’s Architects in Chief, thrived at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he completed his education. He then went on to design several landmark Art Deco buildings in Asheville, North Carolina before being hired by the Resettlement Administration for the Greenbelt project. Explore Ellington’s fascinating background with Isabelle Gournay, Ph.D., architectural historian at the University of Maryland. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. Greenbelt, MD 20770.  Please note: FOGM’s Annual Meeting will take place from 7pm-7:30pm, just prior to the lecture.

 

UPDATE:  “Women Organize Effectively”  Greenbelt Women and Civic Participation by Alli Hartley has been rescheduled for February 25, 2014, 7:30pm at the Greenbelt Community Center.  Thank you for your patience as we reorganized!

 POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER – WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Tuesday, January 21, 7:30pm – “Women Organize Effectively”  Greenbelt Women and Civic Participation by Alli Hartley

2014 Lecture imageLearn how Greenbelt women defied the 20th century myth of the middle-class suburban housewife by becoming political actors in their own rights, and how they achieved leadership roles in their community, both in the context of the New Deal and post- World War II. Alli Hartley, the lecturer, is a senior at the University of Maryland, double-majoring in History and English. Alli was the Museum’s first Dorothy Sucher Memorial Intern who completed her internship in December 2013. In addition to researching Greenbelt women, during her internship, she created an activity book and an interactive children’s area in the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house. The house at 10B Crescent is open by appointment only through the month of January 2014, but will reopen for regular Sunday hours (1-5pm) on February 2, 2014. For more information, call the Museum at 301-507-6582.  This lecture is free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum.

 Tuesday, October 15, 7:30pm – The Selection of Greenbelt’s Pioneer Families by Sally Simms Stokes, M.A. M.S.L.S.

Greenbelt, 1937. Farm Security Administration photograph. Library of Congress

Join us as we welcome Sally Sims Stokes, a faculty librarian in the Art and Architecture Libraries at the University of Maryland, back to Greenbelt. In addition to being a scholar and historian, Mrs. Stokes is a former FOGM Board member and museum volunteer. She will discuss her research on the Resettlement Administration’s selection of Greenbelt’s pioneer families. For information, visit greenbeltmuseum.org. Greenbelt Community Center,
Rm. 201, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt MD 20770. Next year’s lecture series begins January 21, 2014, please save the date!

Roosevelt Ride Returns!

2014 Roosevelt Ride posterAfter a wildly popular inaugural year, the Greenbelt Museum’s Roosevelt Ride returns on Sunday, June 1st 2014 at 11:00am on the front lawn of the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland. The bicycle ride is FREE!

Please join us for a bike ride around Old Greenbelt. Consider donning vintage clothes and bringing a vintage bike (vintage optional). Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards – or pick up something from the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. Our friends from Proteus Bicycles will be there to help with simple bike repairs and will provide some snacks.Roosevelt Ride 05.26.13

Thanks so much to our sponsors Maryland Milestones and Proteus Bicycles!

In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. For updates, please call the Museum office at 301-507-6582.

Tuesday, April 15, 7:30pm – Discovering Do

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2013 LABOR DAY WEEKEND  

 

Walking Tours

Join us on Saturday, August 31 for a history-filled walking tour. Tours will leave at 11am and 1pm from the museum’s historic house at 10-B Crescent Road. The Greenbelt Museum’s historic home has been restored and furnished with objects from the period 1937–1952. See how Greenbelt’s families lived in the 1930s and 1940s.  Walking tours are free, and you do not need to sign up in advance, but space is limited to approximately 20 people for each tour. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes. The Museum house is NOT open for drop in tours on Saturday, please see hours below.

Museum House Hours

The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house at 10B Crescent will be open for tours on Sunday, September 1 from 1pm to 5pm and on Monday, September 2, from 11:30-2pm. Tours are free on both days.

Retro Town Fair

fl IMG_0644Back by popular demand! The Greenbelt Museum will once again participate in the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival with our Retro Town Fair. It will be held on September 1, 2013 in the Roosevelt Center. This event, inspired by Greenbelt’s earliest town fairs, is a chance for residents to enter to enter flowers, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, canned goods, and needlework to be displayed and judged by a panel of experts. Ribbons will be given for 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and participation. In the event of a truly superior entry, a Grand Champion ribbon will be awarded. New for this year: a sewing category has been added.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:   Drop off your entry and a completed registration form (retrotownfairform2013) at Roosevelt Center near the Mother and Child statue between 11am-1pm on September 1, 2013.  Judging will take place from 1pm-3pm, then the entries will be on view to the public from 3pm-5pm. We ask that all entries be picked up between 5pm-6pm. Thank you!

The first Town Fair was held in 1939 after a request from the Garden Club to City Council that a flower competition be held. Council expanded the plan to include canned goods, baked goods, and needlework. The Fair also included concerts, puppet shows, athletic contests, and more. Many of these elements have been incorporated into our modern Labor Day Festival, but the “County Fair” style judging will be revived again this year to pay homage to that earliest of celebrations created by our predecessors in Greenbelt.

Labor Day Parade – Vintage Bike Brigade

imageLove vintage clothes? Love vintage bikes?  Always wanted to be part of a parade?!  Join the Museum’s vintage bike brigade!  We are seeking folks who are interested in donning their vintage clothes and riding their bikes as part of our entry in the 2013 Labor Day parade. We are asking folks to gather at the Greenbelt Baptist Church parking lot by 9:30am on September 2. For more information, please contact greenbeltmuseum@gmail.com.

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.

REXFORD REVUE

Sean ll0Join 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. Doors open at 7:30pm with the show kicking off at 8 pm. Rexford Revue 2013 reduced

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.

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30pm — Parkbelt: Greenbelt’s Modern Prefab Homes with Stephen Oetken

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

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!  In the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 201.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:00pm – FOGM ANNUAL MEETING immediately followed by lecture below

7:30pm  Ecological Benefits of our Greenbelt Forest Preserve by Eric Campbell, Ph.D. 

Forests provide people with a wealth of benefits.   As citizens of Greenbelt we are very lucky that 10 years ago actions were taken to preserve 225 acres of forest surrounding Greenbelt, ensuring that we continue to receive these benefits. This talk will introduce you to the science behind what has been termed “ecosystem services”, the benefits that humanity gains from the work of the environment.   Dr. Campbell will also introduce how forest benefits can be quantified using environmental accounting, a method which considers cumulative energy in the environment. Annual Meeting begins at 7:00pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm. Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 75th Anniversary Year in Review with Eric Zhang, author/photographer of the Blog, Greenbelt in 2012

Join us to hear from Greenbelter Eric Zhang as he discusses his project to document Greenbelt in it’s anniversary year. Inspired by the Farm Security Administration photographers of the late 1930s, Zhang has created a fascinating (and beautifully photographed) record of a community that began as a government experiment but which today is a thriving, growing city of nearly 23,000 residents.

2012 – Greenbelt’s 75th Anniversary Year & the Museum’s 25th!

 Greenbelt turned 75 in 2012!  And the Museum turned 25! A year’s worth of events and activities were  planned to mark the occasion(s). 

 For more information about all of the 75th events that have taken place so far (and beautiful photographs!), please visit Eric Zhang’s excellent blog about Greenbelt celebrating its 75th year.

The Museum held a rollicking fun anniversary party – The Rexford Revue:  A Post-Prohibition Evening featuring  The Moonshine Cabaret – Comedy, Sideshow, Burlesque!; Classic cocktails by Dan Searing, author of The Punch Bowl; and a silent auction. Tickets were $25 which includes one cocktail and light hors d’ oeuvres.   The event was held at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, MD. Event was sponsored by the Greenbelt Arts Center and Maryland Milestones/ATHA.

The Museum at the 2012 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, the Museum’s Education and Volunteer Coordinator, poses next to the banner.

Greenbelt Museum staff and volunteers were busy over the Labor Day weekend!  We offered walking tours which left from Roosevelt Center on Saturday, held a Retro Town Fair on Sunday, then on Monday we walked in the annual parade and invited visitors to the Museum house for hand-cranked ice cream and tours!  For more photos, please see our Facebook page here. Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the weekend succesful!

July 17, 7:30pm – International Greenbelt!  A Celebration of Greenbelt Residents from Around the World  

Join us to hear from Greenbelters who were born in other countries but who now call the City of Greenbelt home. As we celebrate Greenbelt’s 75th Anniversary throughout 2012 and examine not just Greenbelt’s past but also its present and future, we want to focus on one of Greenbelt’s growing strengths – its diversity. What better way than to hear about the personal stories and journeys of some of Greenbelt’s international residents? This panel discussion will be accompanied by a few international dishes and light refreshments. Also we are very pleased to invite attendees to explore the “Immigrant Experience in Prince George’s County,” an exhibit from the University of Maryland’s Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Research Program which will  be on display. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the 75th Anniversary Commitee of the City of Greenbelt. Event will take place in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:30pm  –   Behind the Scenes of the new book Images of America: Greenbelt

Join FOGM Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:30pm for our next lecture, a book talk by co-author Megan Searing Young about how she and co-author Jill Parsons St. John wrote and chose images for the new Arcadia book, Images of America: Greenbelt. Books will be for sale.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7:30pm  – Greenbelt Maryland: Beyond the Iconic Legacy by Isabelle Gournay and Mary Corbin Sies

2011  Holiday Events

The dining room area at 10B Crescent, the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house.

2011 Holiday Open House

We hope you’ll join us for our annual holiday open house!  If you’re in town, stroll over to the Greenbelt Museum’s historic house at 10B Crescent Road, following the city’s tree lighting. (If you live farther afield, come on by, there’s free parking across the street behind the public library.) Sip warm cider, take a free tour of the house which sparkles at night with holiday decorations, and peruse the gift shop which will be freshly stocked with new holiday merchandise. We’ll have the new Greenbelt book published by Arcadia, Images of America: Greenbelt, a new Cats Meow of the original gas station, and lots of vintage style toys for stocking stuffers. For information: greenbeltmuseum.org, museum@greenbeltmd.gov, or call 301-507-6582.   See you there!

2011 Festival of Lights

Once again this year, the Greenbelt Museum will have items for sale at the annual Festival of Lights Art and Craft Fair held in the Greenbelt Community Center. Shop local and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. For more information about Festival of Lights, visit http://www.greenbeltmd.gov/recreation/index.htm

2011 Lecture Series

The Greenbelt Museum sponsors a free  quarterly lecture series in the Greenbelt Community Center. Topics focus on the period of the Great Depression to World War II and deal with history, material culture, social studies and art history.  In 2011, the Museum plans to feature topics related to the new Museum exhibit, Green from the Start: A History of Gardening in Greenbelt. Lectures are held the third Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October, at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room # 201 in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.  To receive notices about upcoming programs,
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PAST LECTURES

July 19, 2011 – A Preservation Evening

Greenbelt Museum Preservation Evening held July 18, 2011

Sip lemonade by lantern light while learning about the historic fabric of our community! Join us for an old fashioned garden party with a brief informative talk about the architectural significance of the Museum’s 1937 cinderblock home. Special guest: historic preservationist Michael Leventhal, a winner of the 2011 Secretary of the Interior Historic Preservation Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the preservation of historic places. Greenbelt Museum Historic House, 10B Crescent, Greenbelt, MD  20770.  Free parking available across the street behind the public library.  Program offered in conjunction with the exhibition, Green from the Start: A History of Gardening in Greenbelt.

April 19, 2011   – Designing an Urban Potager with Cynthia Brown 

A traditional French kitchen garden – potager – mingles vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to make the function of providing food for the table aesthetically pleasing.  An urban potager uses every inch of available space, growing edibles and ornamentals on balconies, patios, porches and rooftops. Cindy Brown will eliminate excuses for excluding edibles with suggestions on what edibles to grow, unusual ways to grow them and how to do it all with style!

Cynthia A. Brown is the Smithsonian Gardens’ Education Specialist and Manager of Collections and Education. She enjoys entertaining the public with her gardening trials and tribulations and is a regular contributor to Washington Gardener magazine and the Washington Post blog AllWeCanEat/Groundworks. She is a frequent speaker at many venues.

January 18, 2011- Planning Your Own Victory Garden, Screening of historic short film

Mid-winter is traditionally the time that avid gardeners begin poring over seed and spring bulb catalogs. It’s the perfect time to start planning your spring garden whether you’d like to grow vegetables or flowers.

 

 

Join the Museum for a screening of an instructional video from the 1940s which details how a Maryland family plans their very own Victory Garden. Follow them through the process and learn tips for how to make the most of your  garden. Discussion to follow the film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Youth Garden participants. Courtesy Washington Youth Garden

From Seed to Supper:  A History of School Gardens and Their Role in Children’s Health

Tuesday, May 18, 2010,  7:30pm

Over the past decade there has been a resurgence in the school garden movement and plant-based education. School gardens have been used for a variety of purposes including plant and nature study, mathematics, language arts, art, entomology, physical education, home economics, cooperative learning, spiritual development, beautification, nutrition, social reform, food production, community service and even patriotism. Recent studies have shown that children who are a part of the process of growing and cooking their own food increase their fruit and vegetable consumption and live healthier lifestyles. This program will focus on the history of school gardens along with how gardening has been used successfully as a tool for improving eating habits and cultivating life skills in children.

 

Broadcasting to America: A Trip Through the Radio and Television Museum

March 16, 2010  7:30pm

Today people take for granted the Internet, cell phones, satellite communication, and cable TV with dozens of channels. Life in the early decades of the 20thcentury was markedly different. Just imagine what a thrill it must have been for people in the 1920s when they heard their first radio program! Did you know that in the 1920s, a top-of-the-line radio cost nearly as much as an automobile? When the first television sets appeared in stores, wide-eyed people clustered several deep in front of the show windows. Brian Belanger used images from the Radio & Television Museum, as well as examples of several different radios to remind us about how radio & TV broadcasting have changed our lives.  This event was attended by 44 people!

Lakeland Community Heritage Project

January 19, 2010

Learn about Lakeland, the historical African American community of College Park formed around 1890 on the doorstep of the Maryland Agricultural College, now University of Maryland. The story of Lakeland is the tale of a community that was established and flourished in a segregated society and developed its own institutions and traditions, including the area’s only high school for African Americans, built in 1928. Members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project will discuss both the history of Lakeland and the experience of publishing a community history through Arcadia Press.

Do you have an idea for a possible lecture, please contact the Museum Director at 301-507-6582 or museum@greenbeltmd.gov.

Programs for Kids

Children in front Center School, 1942. Library of Congress.

The Greenbelt Museum is happy to design tours and/or activities for children and students of all ages. Tours of the museum can be customized for specific subjects or lesson plans. Home schooling groups are also welcome. Please contact Museum staff at 240-542-2064 or greenbeltmuseumedu@gmail.com for more information.

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