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.


Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.