We stayed a little closer to home this weekend, giving a walking tour of Lakeland to a group of graduate students from the University of Maryland and then joining our neighbors for Berwyn Day 2009. Berwyn is a residential neighborhood in the City of College Park established, like Lakeland, in the 1890s. Prior to the availability of home mail delivery, residents in Lakeland walked to Berwyn to pick up mail at a shared post office. Other Lakeland residents attended services at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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.
Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.