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 contact Diane Ligon – 301 441- 1697, Vie Sharps Jones – 301 464-0074, Cookie Brooks – 301 474-2082 or email LakelandHistory@yahoo.com
In 2010 Lakeland Celebrates 120 Years
Come celebrate with an evening
of good music, good food and good friends
February 12, 2010 Friday, March 12, 2010
Location: Holiday Inn College Park
10000 Baltimore Avenue College Park, Maryland
Cost: $40.00 per person $70.00 per couple
Time: 8 PM – 12 PM
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.
- Dr. Mary Corbin Sies | Dr. Sies is Associate Professor and co-director of the Material Culture/Visual Culture Working Group. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the departments of Women’s Studies and African American Studies Department, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.
- 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.
Lakeland Community Heritage Project Vice-President and Historian Violetta Sharps Jones will be speaking at two upcoming Black History Month events in Prince George’s County. The first event, an Open Mic & Local Authors Book Signing, will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 will take place at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex located at 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. Join LCHP in a celebration of the oratory talents of area residents as they share their own visions of the past, present and future in “spoken word.” The second event is a Seniors Show & Tell located in Lakeland at the College Park Community Center at 5051 Pierce Avenue on February 25, 2010 (date change) , from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event is a special opportunity for seniors to share stories and life experiences while enjoying lunch with friends. Call 301-441-2647 for more information.
Of course, we are looking forward to celebrating our history in style at the Lakeland Dinner Dance on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 8 PM to Midnight at the College Park Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore Avenue College Park, Maryland. Tickets are $40.00 per person or$70.00 per couple and proceeds from the event go to support LCHP exhibits and programs. For tickets or more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diane Ligon (301-441- 1697), Vie Sharps Jones (301 464-0074), or Cookie Brooks (301-474-2082).
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 email@example.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.
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.