Archive for the ‘History’ Category
Greenbelt has many housing developments beyond the original GHI row houses and garden apartments in the city center. Here are photos from some of them.
The Greenbelt News Review published its first issue on November 24, 1937 (then called the Cooperator) and is the second oldest cooperative in Greenbelt (the oldest being the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union). On Sunday, November 18, the paper’s 75th anniversary dinner was held at Greenbelt Marriott.
A few issues of the News Review (out of 3900) are on display at the back of the ballroom.
In the basement of the Greenbelt Library is the Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History of the Prince George’s County Historical Society. It started as the private collection of Fred DeMarr and contains 6,000 books, maps, photos, journals, and newspapers on Prince George’s County history.
The DeMarr Library is open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
September 30, October 1
Who was the first family in Greenbelt? Cathy Knepper’s book “Greenbelt, Maryland: A Living Legacy of the New Deal” contains this intriguing sentence on page 209: “At the 1988 Labor Day festival… celebrants also unveiled a plaque marking the first home occupied in Greenbelt, 1G Gardenway, whose residents moved in on September 30, 1937.” On Sunday, September 30, 2012, exactly 75 years after the first residents moved into Greenbelt, I went to 1G Gardenway to check out the plaque.
1 Court Gardenway
As part of Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary celebration, James Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, visited the city and spoke to a large crowd in the Greenbelt Community Center. The Greenbelt Combined Choir performed before the speech, and a birthday cake and refreshments were served afterward.
Greenbelt’s 75th birthday cake
After five sessions over two days, the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Symposium culminated in a keynote address by British architect and town planner Dr. Mervyn Miller. The title of his address is “From The British Garden City to Greenbelt and back to the English New Towns.” “The talk will document [the] transatlantic dialogue that connects Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City ideas with the planning of Greenbelt and the design of important New Towns beyond.”
Isabelle Gournay, symposium chair and associate professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, introduces the speaker. Dr. Mervyn Miller is a renowned authority on Garden Cities. He has written several books including Letchworth: The First Garden City, Raymond Unwin: Garden Cities and Town Planning, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and English Garden Cities. Gournay tells that she and Mary Corbin Sies, another Greenbelt resident and University of Maryland professor, have attended many planning conferences with Dr. Miller, in Helsinki, New Delhi, and London. When they were planning for this symposium, they thought that they must have Dr. Miller speak here. She also thanks GHI for providing Dr. Miller a guest suite.
On Saturday, after the showing of Little Miss Broadway, I had a chance to go up to the projection booth of the Greenbelt Theatre and observed the breaking down of the film into reels.
A circular iron stairway leads from the lobby level to the projection booth.