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Lakeland Shined Bright

Thank you, to each performer volunteer and audience member for making the LCHP Festival of Music a success.

LCHP Festival of Music with host Patrick Ellis

Treat yourself and the special young people in your life to this celebration of stars on Sunday, May, 16, 2010 (5pm) at Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Tickets are just $15 for adults and free for children. Get yours today by calling 301 345-3692.

Talented local artists of all ages will present a program of music in celebration of the community of Lakeland’s 120th year and the enduring spirit of those Prince Georgians who continue to reach for the stars.


  • Queens Chapel Male Chorus from the church website “The Queen’s Chapel Male Chorus of Beltsville, Maryland has been using the gift of song to glorify God for 45 years. Originating in the early 1960’s as the Muirkirk Male Chorus, the group has emerged as an internationally-known choral organization.”
  • Don Jones – Prominent local vocal artist. Mr. Jones is a Kennedy Center performer.
  • Janet Randall Gillens – Lakelander and pianist, Ms. Gillens also performed in a similar event in Lakeland on May 16, 1958.
  • Queens Chapel Young People’s Choir currently having more than 50 choir members between the ages of 6 and 18 this chior represents Queens Chapel United Methodist Church in Beltsville, Maryland. This congregation has had a close relationship with the Lakeland Community sharing ties of family and friendship stretching back many generations.
  • Students of Ottley Music School- Now in its 37th year Ottley Music School of Hyattsville, Maryland provides the highest caliber of music education to students of all ages.
  • Soloists, Diann Sims Dwight, Sydney Jones, and William Mason  

Bring the whole family for this evening of music and celebration. Do not miss this event of a lifetime.

LCHP to exhibit at Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, June 19, 2010 LCHP will celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people in America at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland between 12 noon and 5 pm.  The day will feature musical and inspirational performances, living history demonstrations, old-fashion games for children and adults, food vendors and exhibitors including LCHP. Musical and Dance performances will also take place on the main stage. State Senator Ulysses S. Currie, Prince George’s County Councilman Samuel H. Dean and Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board, Samuel J. Parker are the hosts for this celebration. For More Information-(240) 264-3415 or

LCHP at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Saturday, May 1, 2010     11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Reginald F. Lewis Museum Book Presentations and Signing

830 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-4403

  • The Lakeland Community Heritage Project of College Park and William Poe of Calvert County explore two new photo history books Lakeland: African Americans in College Park and African Americans of Calvert County. In conjunction with the fourth annual May meeting of the Agnes Kane Callum Chapter of the Baltimore Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (BAAGHS).

            Museum admission required. BAAGHS members $5.
            For more information call 443-263-1816.

Prince George’s County Historical Society Award

On Sunday, April 25, 2010 the Prince Georges Historical Society will host their annual St.   Georges Day Dinner in celebration of the County’s founding.  During the event they recognize “individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the preservation of our county heritage”. This year they will honor LCHP with a St. George’s Award for our publication of Lakeland African Americans in College Park. Thank you to each and every one of you for making this Project possible.

Celebrate Spring with the LCHP Festival of Music!

Performance by Ottley School of Music students, 2010

Today is the first day of spring and the Lakeland Community Heritage Project is prepared to celebrate the season with a Festival of Music. Mark your calendars on Sunday, May 16, 2010, 5:00 PM for the LCHP Festival of Music at the Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland-College Park. This celebration of Lakeland’s musical tradition and Lakeland’s 120th year will be reminiscent of a similar event held in the community on the same date more than 50 years ago. In the words of Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I learned that if you bring black people together, you bring them together with a song. To this day, I don’t understand how people think they can bring anybody together without a song.”

Our host for the evening will be Patrick Ellis of WHUR radio and performers will include students of the Ottley School of Music, Hyattsville, the Queens Chapel Male Chorus and Queens Chapel Children’s Choir of Queens Chapel UM Church, Beltsville, pianist Janet Gillens, as well as soloists Don Jones and Sydney Jones. We will update this listing as additional artists are confirmed.

Tickets are just $15.00 for this historic event and with the purchase of one adult ticket you may request two free tickets for children and young adults under the age of 18. For tickets or more information call us at 301-345-3365 or contact us by email at