Lakeland in the News

Image courtesy Leah L. Jones/The Gazette.
Image courtesy Leah L. Jones/The Gazette.

Over the past few weeks, we have had the fortunate opportunity to share Lakeland’s story with a number of local newspapers, television and radio stations.

The Washington Post shared an announcement when our book went on sale and Prince George’s Community Television sat down for an interview with Lakeland resident Karen Campbell.

David Hill with The Gazette featured Lakeland residents Leonard Smith and Mary Hollomand in his story on our new book. Mr. Smith, a resident of Lakeland since 1941 and a member of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, provided his book review,

I think it’s going to be excellent for the simple reason that it goes back to the old Lakeland… The older people love it because it brings back memories and the younger people will love it because they didn’t know the history.

In her story for the the Prince George’s Sentinel Jessica Bauer discovered,

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than the newly released book detailing the Lakeland area’s history through old photographs tells the story better than words ever could.

If you are interested in learning more about Lakeland or purchasing a copy of Lakeland: African Americans in College Park for yourself, get in touch at lakelandhistory@yahoo.com, become a fan on Facebook, or meet us in person at one of our upcoming events.

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LCHP Newsletter, Summer 2009

Download a copy of our Summer 2009 newsletter here for a nice overview of our upcoming events. The newsletter includes a copy of our membership application which provides a welcome reminder to renew your existing membership or start a new membership for yourself or your family. Take a look at the membership page on our website for more information on becoming a member of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project.

Upcoming Events

We are excited to start this new website to share information about our upcoming events and publications with everyone and anyone who is interested in remembering and preserving the history of Lakeland. Our new book, Lakeland: African-Americans in College Park arrives on August 17 from Arcadia Publishing. The book is the result of hard work by dozens of volunteers with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project and the deep generosity of many Lakeland and Prince George’s County residents past and present who donated images of friends and family for publication. We are planning a series of events throughout the fall to celebrate this publication and share the history of Lakeland with our friends and neighbors.

Join the Lakeland Community Heritage Project and the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 22 for a “Vintage Baseball Game” and book signing at Shipley Field on the University of Maryland campus. On Sunday, August 23, we will be celebrating the new book at home in Lakeland with our Kick-Off Reception and Book signing at the Embry AME Church. On Saturday, August 29, we’ll be at the Overdue Recognition Gallery in Bowie and on September 5, you can find us in Laurel marking Emancipation Day with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. We’ll be spending Saturday, September 12 with neighbors at Berwyn Day. Finally, we will be back home for our annual Lakeland Heritage Weekend on September 19 and September 20. Keep an eye on our events page for up-to-date information on all of our upcoming events or subscribe to our site to continue learning about the history of Lakeland.