How to Continue Preserving and Sharing?

DSCF8149The mission of LCHP is to collect, preserve and interpret the heritage and history of those African Americans who lived in, and or had association with the Lakeland community of Prince George’s County, Maryland from the late 19th century to the present. We have done that through events but how do we best share our collections with a wider audience and how do we preserve them for the future? Those are questions LCHP is working diligently to answer. The University of Maryland’s Digital Humanities program is lending their efforts and expertise in helping us answer those big questions. With their help a working group has been established with to explore optioned, develop a plan and identify resources for carrying out LCHP’s plan. To make this happen we have also brought  to the table representatives from the University of Maryland’s Ischool and LCHP volunteers. Before this process is fully underway we want to hear the views, ideas and concerns of LCHP members and the Lakeland community as a whole. You can share buy taking part in or forums this fall. For the dates please watch our website or join our email list by sending your email address. via email at and we will keep send you all the latest LCHP news.

Retaining the community’s control over the archive material and keeping the LCHP Archive secure and available to families, scholars, and the public remain our goal. We need your help to shape that future and make it a reality.




New Volunteers

We are pleased to welcome four new LCHP volunteers Elece, Allie, Nicole and Rohan. You may have already heard from them. Four University of Maryland students are working with us this term. They are students of a service learning section of Communications 107. They will be helping LCHP communicate with members and carrying out interviews to add to the LCHP Archive as well as serving as helping with various tasks during Heritage Weekend. Be sure to stop by and greet them. We are grateful to them and their teacher Ms. Farzad for their expertise and willing, professional attitudes.


Enter Cooking Contest

Enter your specialty dish to be a part of the Lakeland Cooking Collection and for a chance to win great prizes. Enter today Lakeland Cooking Collection at, Bring your dish for judging at 1 pm to College Park Community Center. Stay and be a part of a discussion of food and heritage then stay for the awards presentation and a meal at 2:30.

Here is a sample submission.

Growing up in the 1960s my sister and I spent most of our days with our grandparents, George Henry and Agnes Gross in their home on Cloud Avenue. The house sat on the land now occupied by the College Park Community Center. Grandpop had a huge garden. He always had greens, string beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and more. They even had a few chickens as long as the city would allow. Both were food service professionals with Mr. George Henry working for more than forty years in the dining halls on “the hill” (University of Maryland, College Park) and Miss Agnes working as a cook or kitchen manager various places including private homes, an elementary and a fraternity house.  At home Grandmum did most of the cooking but Grandpop was a fine cook and had his specialties including most things stewed. I also remember something he made daily in the summer using garden fresh produce. Here goes.


George Henry’s Summer Salad

Make this in a large mason jar with a lid.

Pour in ½ cup water, ¼ cup vinegar, 1 T oil add  salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Return the top and shake to mix

Add the onion, tomato and cucumbers. Shake to mix. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Eat the tomatoes, cucumbers and  a few onions with your supper the next night. When you are done add fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to be eaten the next night.