Archive for the ‘Museum’ Category
Each year a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Community Center kicks off the Festival of Lights, Greenbelt’s celebration of the holiday season. The Greenbelt Concert Band performs and Santa arrives on Greenbelt Fire Department’s antique pumper.
Chris Cherry of the Greenbelt Recreation Department is tonight’s master of ceremonies.
The Greenbelt Museum opened its doors in October 1987 during the city’s 50th anniversary year. This year, as Greenbelt celebrates its 75th anniversary, the museum has turned 25. On Thursday night, a celebration was held at the Greenbelt Arts Center which featured the Moonshine Cabaret (Comedy! Sideshow! Burlesque!), classic cocktails, and a silent auction.
On the right is Lauren Silberman, treasurer of Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. Tickets are $25 and include one cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from this evening support museum programs.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Museum sponsors four lectures a year. In January, museum curator Megan Searing Young talked about the new Greenbelt photo book, and in April, two University of Maryland professors spoke about housing in Greenbelt. July’s lecture is titled International Greenbelt.
“Join us on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm to meet and hear from our small panel of Greenbelters who were born in other countries but who emigrated to the US and who now call the City of Greenbelt home. As we celebrate Greenbelt’s 75th Anniversary throughout 2012 and examine not just Greenbelt’s past but also its present and future, we want to focus on one of Greenbelt’s growing strengths—its diversity. What better way than to hear about the personal stories and journeys of some of Greenbelt’s international residents? The panel discussion will be accompanied by light refreshments & international dishes.”
From right, Greenbelt Museum Curator and Director of Historical Programs Megan Searing Young and Education and Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Maffay-Tuthill talk to Ana Gasper, a panelist tonight.
The Greenbelt-based Alight Dance Theater’s latest project is titled “Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women.” This is “a site-specific dance/movement installation situated in and around the Greenbelt Museum home which explores the experiences of the women who lived in Greenbelt as young mothers and ‘homemakers’ in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s to the present day.” The piece premiered on Sunday June 3 during Greenbelt Day weekend (when the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of its charter), and these photos are from a dress rehearsal the day before.
Michelle Cardoso hangs clothes in the service side yard. This Greenbelt Museum house is a two-bedroom, two-story, cinderblock townhouse from 1937 when Greenbelt was founded. This side of the house facing the road is called the service side (the opposite side is called the garden side). The original city manual specifies that clothes can only be hung at the service side on weekdays and Saturdays before 4 p.m. The plaque on the wall says that the Museum was dedicated on October 10, 1987, “On the Occasion of the City’s 50th Anniversary.”
On April 17, two Greenbelt residents and University of Maryland professors spoke at the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum lecture. Isabelle Gournay lives in GHI and is an associate professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Mary Corbin Sies lives in the Lakeside Drive neighborhood and is an associate professor of American Studies. The title of the lecture is “Housing in Greenbelt: Beyond the New Deal Legacy,” and the two professors spoke about the city’s “residential landscape” beyond the original townhouses and garden apartments.
The lecture is held in the Greenbelt Community Center and about fifty people are in attendance. This event is on the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee’s official calendar and is a teaser for the two-day 75th Anniversary Symposium that is chaired by Isabelle Gournay and will be held on April 27 and 28.
The Greenbelt Museum was established in 1987 as one of the many projects to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary. It includes an original Greenbelt house from 1937 at 10-B Crescent Road and an exhibition room in the Community Center. Throughout the year, the museum hosts a series of public lectures and programs on topics related to Greenbelt history, and on January 17, a lecture is held at the Community Center by Megan Searing Young, the museum’s curator, on a Greenbelt photo book she recently coauthored.