LCHP Volunteers Needed for Trolley Trail Day

Please volunteer to  cover our booth at College Park’s Old Parish Hal, 4711 Knox Road during Trolley Trail Day. If you can help out please call Maxine at 240-643-7264, Help will be needed on Saturday, June 8 from set up at 11:00 until close up shortly after 4:00.


On Saturday, June 8 from 12 noon to 4:00. Come celebrate our community’s heritage at Trolley Trail Day. LCHP will be there. Come see us at the event hub, Old Parish Hall, 4711 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740. This event is sponsored by College-Park-University Partnerships, Maryland Milestones /ATHA Inc and Hyattsville CDC. For more informationsee the event site on web.



On Sunday, June 23 the LCHP board will discuss the options for the destination for materials collected over the last decade. LCHP members and other interested individuals are welcome to attend. The meeting will take place at 1:30 PM at College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740.



Chairperson, Maxine Gross “I grew up and was educated here in Prince George’s County, Maryland beginning at Lakeland Elementary School. I hold an undergraduate degree form the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from Bowie State University. I am committed to LCHP’s mission, to preserve Lakeland’s story in the words of Lakeland’s people.”

Vice Chairperson, George Randall “My homestead is in Lakeland. I am a graduate of Prince George’s County Schools and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.”

Secretary, Mary Corbin Sies is a faculty member in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her scholarship focuses on the history of suburbia in the U.S., community studies, and the history of the built environment. She has been working with LCHP since 2009 and her students have worked collaboratively with Lakeland residents to complete several community engaged projects about Lakeland heritage.

Treasurer, Myron Gray U.S. Air Force veteran, raised in Lakeland, MD, attending Lakeland Elementary & Jr High School, then Fairmont Heights High School, During and after military service, majored in Political Science at American University and the University of Alaska, then attended The National Trust School at Northwestern University.

Military service was in Texas, South Carolina, Alaska & and NATO related duties in Aviano Italy. After military service, established a career in banking, serving as Vice President & Trust Officer at major banks in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Charlotte NC.

Volunteer work has included being a Big Brother in The Boys Club of Metropolitan Washington, basketball coach in the  Howard County Youth Program, Executive Advisor at Junior Achievement, President of MD Urban Banking Association elementary school tutoring programs, active & participating member of two ACLU committees, and still active member of the Legacy and Reunion committees  of the Fairmont Heights High School Alumni Association.

Two daughters with families, as well as several siblings, all still residing in Maryland.

Please also join in thanking our board members.

Continuing Board members: Pamela Boardley, Monroe Dennis, Delphine Gross, Avis Matthews, Violetta Sharps-Jones,Earlene Williams

 New or returning Board members: Diane Weems Ligon, Eli Pousson, Cameron Thurston, Sandy Tyler, Jazmine White


What will you leave to tell the Story?


Saturday- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Participants will receive information and materials to care for their photographs, letters, documents, scrapbooks and artifacts.


Saturday  11:00 am – 3:00 pm  and  Sunday  1:30 – 3:30

Experts will be on hand to help preserve your materials by scanning items and returning then to you for records.

Individuals will also have the option to contribute digital copies of their materials to the Lakeland Digital Archive. Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) which maintains the archive is committed to preserving and sharing the story of African Americans of the region form 1890 to the present.  We are especially interested in the period of desegregation, from 1950 to 1980.

Events are hosted by LCHP in conjunction with the Department of American Studies and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland College Park.

This project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Map of Lakeland

Through interviews a small group of dedicated LCHP volunteers are building a map of Lakeland households from the 1930s until the 1980s. Their work will document the movement of families through time and be important in showing how the community grew and changed over it’s heyday. For more information or to be a part of the project please contact Maxine at 240-643-7264.