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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of our guests and LCHP members for a delightful evening at the Lakeland Dinner Dance last week. Our distinguished guests for the evening included State Senator Jim Rosapepe and his wife NPR journalist Sheilah Kast and Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk. Senator Rosapepe presented Lakeland with a Governor’s Citation and Delegate Peña-Melnyk delivered Lakeland with a Citation from the Maryland General Assembly, both recognizing Lakeland’s 120th Anniversary. The Lakeland Community Heritage Project owes a special thanks to JUTP for the link, Diane Weems Ligon, Vie Shaps Jones, Pearl Lee and James Edwards III, Elizabeth Adams, Pamela Boardley, Joy Sharps, and Cookie Brooks.
Please join us this Friday, March 12, 2010 for the Lakeland Community Heritage Project Dinner Dance, honoring The Counts, Dutchess, Lakeland Tavern, Lakeland Hall, Elks Club and The Nine Wonders Club and the rich history of “good times” in Lakeland. To purchase your tickets or learn more about the event, please contact Diane Ligon at 301-441-1697, Vie Sharps Jones at 301-464-0074 or email email@example.com
Please join members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project for Seniors Show & Tell located in Lakeland at the College Park Community Center at 5051 Pierce Avenue on Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event is a special opportunity for seniors to share stories and life experiences while enjoying lunch.
Due to extreme weather conditions the event scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2010 was been postponed. It will be held on March 12, 2010. Tickets are still available. To get yours please contactDiane Ligon – 301 441- 1697, Vie Sharps Jones – 301 464-0074, Cookie Brooks – 301 474-2082 or email LakelandHistory@yahoo.com
During LCHP’s annual membership meeting the organization’s new officers Board of Directors were elected. The group includes both founding members and new faces.
Maxine Gross – Chairperson
Ms. Gross is a 5th generation Lakelander. This will be her second term as the Chairperson of LCHP
Violetta Sharps Jones- Vice Chairperson
Ms. Sharps Jones has Lakeland ties going back many generations. She is one of the authors of Lakeland: African Americans in College Park.
Maggie Johnson –Treasurer
Ms. Johnson is a member of an old Lakeland family. She will be serving her second term as treasurer.
Diane Weems Ligon – Corresponding Secretary and Planning Committee Chairperson
A member of one of Lakeland’s founding families, Ms. Ligon is a former Vice Chairperson of LCHP.
Monroe Dennis – Recording Secretary
Mr. Dennis is a long time Lakeland resident and President of the Lakeland Civic Association.
Portia Barker | Ms. Barker has been a LCHP volunteer for more than a year. She is currently a PhD student in the American Studies department of the University of Maryland.
Pearl Lee Campbell Edwards | An author of Lakeland: African Americans in College Park Ms. Campbell Edwards grew up and attended school in Lakeland. Her family played a major role in the community’s history.
Robert Catlin | City of College Park Councilman and Berwyn resident, this will be his second term on the LCHP board.
Delphine Gross, Collections and Archives Committee Chairperson | A Masters degreed Historian, Ms. Gross grew up in and continues to live in Lakeland.
Eli Pousson, Publicity Committee Chairperson | Mr. Pousson began work with LCHP as a graduate student more than 3 years ago. He has consistently lent his technology expertise to completion of projects. Currently he is the LCHP webmaster.
Forrest Tyler | Dr. Tyler is a professor emeritus in the University of Maryland’s department of Psychology.
Sandra Tyler | Berwyn resident and founding LCHP member Ms. Tyler recently served as LCHP recording secretary.
LCHP was the guest of the Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church in the historic Lakeland School building for the LCHP Black History Celebration. The event featured presentations by University of Maryland Graduate Students in Historic Preservation who had spent the semester working with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project to investigate the history of the community on the east side of the tracks.. Students presented their research findings on patterns of settlement, people, employment, housing, and neighborhood institutions. Many audience members were impressed by the fine work achieved by the students and the members of the Lakeland Community Heritage project would like to thank Dr. Mary Sies and all of her students for their hard work over the last 6 months.
Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.