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Lakeland Story at Sandy Spring Museum and Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Local History; Building Community

Sandy Springs Museum 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Springs, Maryland  Saturday, March 12 at 11:00                                          

Sponsored by the Sandy Spring Museum this event will feature Violetta Sharps Jones of LCHP and other authors of the publisher, Arcadia Press. Each will discuss their communities, their books and the impact their publications have had upon their communities. A book signing will also be held.

Historic Lakeland at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place, SE  Washington, DC Tuesday March 15 at 10:30

Community Historian, Violetta Sharps Jones, vice-chair of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project will present the Lakeland story. She will discuss how Lakeland was established and flourished within a segregated society, developing its own institutions and traditions. A book signing will also be held.  

In Their Own Words

To those of you who were there. Thank you one and all for making tonight’s program a new Lakeland milestone.  As you reflect on what you heard please write down your thoughts and share them with not only those closest to you but also with LCHP, your community and the wider world. Contact us by email at and make arrangements to be part of a recorded conversation or individual interview.

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If you were not present for tonight’s program you missed an enjoyable, enlightening and emotional time.  Four panels of guests shared their own stories of Lakeland and their school dates. They told us what it was like to attend school and spend their youth in Lakeland and the surrounding community during the 1940s though the 1970s.  Participants told stories which spanned the period from segregated schools though integration, busing and the period that followed. We thank them for sharing their challenges, their triumphs and their life lessons.  

          Now it is your turn. You now have opportunities to tell your own story. We will be doing more group conversations on the evenings of April 6 and April 27 starting at 7 PM at the College Park Community Center. You may also do individual interviews which will be set at your convience.  LCHP is also seeking Lakelanders and Lakeland associates to tell of their experiences during Storytelling Circles at Maryland Day in Cole Field House. Just contact us at  It is only through your help that Lakeland’s story can live on and its lessons can benefit future generations.

“Inside Lakeland” 3 PM Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Embry AME Church

In celebration of Black History Month Lakeland Community Heritage Project will present,” Inside Lakeland “3 PM Sunday, February 27, 2011 at  Embry AME Church 5101 Lakeland Road, College Park, MD.

After an introduction featuring interviews and images from the Lakeland Community Heritage Project’s Archives you will be on hand as our team of young reporters uses their interviewing skills to learn about the history of Lakeland from people who lived it. Questions will explore life in a in a segregated society and focus on education. Bring your friends, your children and grandchildren. This will be a not to be missed event for the whole family.


Proposed Bylaws Changes Posted

At Saturday’s LCHP Annual Meeting , amendments to the organization’s ByLaws will be presented. Among the changes is a new mission statement which reads,” LCHP’s mission shall be to collect, preserve, and interpret the heritage and history of those African Americans who created, lived in, and/or had association with the Lakeland community of Prince George’s County, Maryland from the late 19th century to the present.” 

Both the current and proposed ByLaws are posted on LCHP’s website,  The  changes will be introduced and discussed during the Annual Meeting and may be considered for adoption during the April 16, 2011 Quarterly Meeting.

We really can’t do it without you

LCHP can continue to do great things but not without you. For personal reasons, key members have recently resigned or had to reduce their workload. That means we need other members to step forward and set to work. Please come to the membership meeting, learn more about the exciting year already planned and decide how you can best help. It is true. We can not do it without YOU. Help is needed for organization administration, grant writing and administration, event planning, publicity, special events, fundraising, archival activities, and much, much more. Just take your first step by attending our Annual Meeting.


LCHP Strategic Plan

During LCHP’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2010 from 2 to 5 PM at the College Park Community Center. The organization’s Strategic Plan will be reviewed and adopted. This will be the map of activities for our work in the coming years. Please come to the meeting and help set the groups future and become a part of making our plan a reality. A draft of that plan is on a new page within our website. Take the time to review it before the meeting.