February: Book Signings and Good Times

Come celebrate Lakeland “Good Times”, its social clubs and tavern nights with a Lakeland Dinner Dance. The joint will be jumping on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 8 PM to Midnight at the College Park Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland. This event is a fundraiser for LCHP. Tickets are $40.00 per person or$70.00 per couple. For tickets or more information contact  LCHP by e-mail at lakelandhistory@yahoo.com or call Diane Ligon – 301 441- 1697, Vie Sharps Jones – 301 464-0074 or Cookie Brooks – 301 474-2082

LCHP will be taking part in two Black History Month book signing events. On Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM LCHP volunteers will be selling and signing copies of our book, Lakeland: African Americans in College Park at the ASALH 84th Annual Black History Month Luncheon.  For tickets  and information contact ASALH at 202 865 0053 or see their website.  LCHP will participate in another book signing on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:00 at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 2814. See the Barnes and Noble store website for more information. We look forward to seeing you.

January 2010, An Exciting Month

Lakeland School circa 1970

Many events are planned for the coming month.  The  fun starts on Saturday, January 16th with an exhibit by LCHP during the City of College Park’s Martin Luther King Tribute. On Tuesday, January 19th LCHP will be presenting a lecture sponsored by the Greenbelt Museum.  Next will be  LCHP’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 23rd at the College Park Community Center starting at 2 PM. This important meeting is open to the public although only LCHP members may vote or hold offices. That afternoon new LCHP officers will be elected and decisions on the organization’s policies and programs will be made.

The month will be topped off on Sunday, January 31st with LCHP’s  Celebration of Black History at the Historic Lakeland School, 8208 54th Avenue in College Park. This building served as an educational facility for nearly 50 years serving generations of young people from Lakeland and other communities. The school was built with help from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and opened in 1928. Through the years the site was used as a high school, a junior high school, an elementary school and special education center. The building was then sold by the board of education. Since 1981 the facility has served as a church.

A History Book for Everyone

Sojourner Truth wax figure on display in the Truth Room at the Oxon Hill Branch. Image courtesy the Prince George's County Memorial Library System.

Please join us the Lakeland Community Heritage Project at the Oxon Hill Branch Library this Saturday November 21 at 2:30 PM for “Preserving Lakeland’s Heritage: A History Book For Everyone” a presentation by the authors of Lakeland: African-Americans in College Park. This event is graciously sponsored by the Prince George’s County Truth Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Sojourner Truth African American Research Collection. The presentation on Lakeland will include photos from the book and excerpts from oral histories.

The Oxon Hill Branch Library was built in 1966-67 on the site of the Sojourner Truth Elementary School, a black school that educated educated African-American children from several communities in southern Prince George’s County from the 1940s its close in the mid-1960’s. In addition to the incredible Sojourner Truth African American Research Collection–itself named for the school–the Oxon Hill library features six painted glass panels, entitled  “However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source” [Yoruba Proverb] by Nancy Gutkin O’Neil. Installed in 2006, this artwork is designed to “whet the appetite” of library visitors to explore the shelves, resources, and programming at Oxon Hill Branch Library. If you would like to make a day trip out of the event, you could even include a visit to  the historic 1928 Oxon Hill Manor.

This Weekend, Lakeland: African Americans in College Park

Borders Silver Spring
For sale at Border's Books, Silver Spring, Maryland

On Saturday, November 14th from 1 to 5 PM LCHP will  help celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Howard County Center of African American Culture’s Research Library and Archive Center located at Howard Community College’s Clark Building.  That afternoon the center will be hosting an open house at their new location with LCHP as honored guests. Their address is 10091 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. At this event we will be signing and selling  and selling books.

Lakeland: African Americans in College Park

If you have not yet had an opportunity to look at the book in person please take the time to check it out on Google Books. You can also drop by your local book store to find a copy or pick it up at one of our upcoming events.

College Park Arts Exchange this Friday

Old Parish House
Old Parish House

Join us this Friday, October 9 at the historic Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road, College Park, MD for our presentation at the College Park Arts Exchange. Beginning at 7:00 PM, Maxine Gross, President of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, will be presenting a slideshow of images from Lakeland: African Americans in College Park and sharing audio excerpts from Lakeland oral histories. Please join us to learn more about the history of Lakeland or to share your own memories of College Park’s past.

Built in the early 1700s, the Old Parish House originally served as a dairy barn on the Calvert estate. The landmark Riversdale Mansion, built in the early 1800s, belonged to the same property. The Old Parish House became the first home for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. During much of the twentieth century, it was the meeting place for the College Park Women’s Club who then donated the building to the City of College Park in the late 1990s.

Thank you to our friends and sponsors

We are grateful to our supporters with Chick Fil A of Silver Spring, the City of College Park, Embry AME Church, First Baptist Church of College Park, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Ronald Johnson, Negro League Legends Hall of Fame, Eric Olson and Prince George’s County, Rita’s of College Park, Salvation AME Zion Church, University of Maryland-College Park, and Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church. Generous support from these organizations and individuals, as well as the hard work of Lakeland Community Heritage Project members, made Lakeland Heritage Weekend a wonderful experience for everyone who participated in the event.

Further thanks is due to Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store for hosting our fundraiser last week and to everyone who dropped by for a meal or a drink. Please join us for one of our upcoming events throughout the fall or next year at Lakeland Heritage Day 2010 on Sunday, September 26.