Prince George's County Historical Society

Prince George's County Historical Society The Prince George's County Historical Society, founded in 1952, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to preserve and promote the County's long and diverse history and heritage.
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We operate the Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History which specializes in many different types of materials relating to Maryland, with particular emphasis on Prince George’s County. The library houses approximately 6,000 volumes on subjects ranging from architecture to educational institutions to military history and transportation; it also houses an outstanding collection of historical maps, archival photos, journals, and newspapers, as well as extensive files on places, events, and individuals. The library is operated by an all-volunteer staff, including professional research instructors. Use of the collection is offered to the public free of charge, with nominal fees for copies. Address: Greenbelt Public Library (lower level), 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD, 20770. Open: Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m., and on week­days by appointment - call 301-220-0330.

Mission: To preserve and promote Prince George's County's long and diverse history and heritage through: * Reproducing new and out-of-print historical materials. * Collecting records, documents, photographs, and artifacts reflecting the County's social, economic and political history. * Operating the Fredrick S. DeMarr Library of County History. * Providing educational opportunities through lectures, programs and tours. *Recognizing and supporting individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the preservation of the County's rich Multi-ethnic, multi-cultural heritage.

03/13/2020

The Frederick DeMarr Library will be closed on Saturday, March 14. 2020, and until further notice.

12/19/2019

Notice
The Frederick DeMarr Library will be closed starting November 24, 2019, and will re-open on January 25, 2020, while the Greenbelt Library is closed for carpet and shelving replacement. Please email us at [email protected] during the closure and we will attempt to answer your questions. Thank you.

09/21/2019

Hello Everyone,

Upcoming Marietta events through 2019

Here are our upcoming events! Please join us if you can! Thank you for your support.

The Write Women Book Fest, Saturday, September 21, from 10am – 4pm, for a full day of books and all things books! Marietta House Museum and the Women Authors of Maryland co-host this event. Book readings, book signings, presenters throughout the day, book craft items, speak with authors about their books and the inspiration behind them, visit our children’s corner with book related crafts, and more! Music will be performed at various times throughout the day. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Free admission

Marietta is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD. 20769. Call 301-464-5291 if you would like more information.

Fall Flea Market at Marietta House, Saturday, September 28, 9am - 2pm. In partnership with our Glenn Dale Farmer's Market, we will have food, produce, muffins, etc. while you shop! Plenty of parking. Find some treasures: furniture, jewelry, clothes, gifts, books, children's items, and more! Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD. 20769

Children's Craft-Tea Teatime, Sunday, October 13, 1pm.

Children ages 5-10 can enjoy an Autumn inspired tea, with our child-friendly tea menu. Following the tea, children will make crafts such as pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves, and more. $10/person: ages 5-10. Reservations are required. Please call 301-464-5291 to reserve your space.

Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD. 20769.

Holiday Candlelight Tea, Saturday, December 7, 4pm.

Set aside a special time to enjoy the season with our candlelight holiday tea! Tea tiers will include festive desserts, scones with jam, tea breads, and finger sandwiches, along with our Marietta special holiday blend tea. Following the tea, you are welcome to tour the beautifully decorated and candlelit historic home. Harp music will accompany the tea. $25/person: ages 8 & up. Reservations are required. Please call 301-464-5291 to reserve your space. Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD. 20769.

09/10/2019
John Betjeman: Architecture of Bath

John Betjeman: Architecture of Bath

Here, Betjeman takes on the persona of a property developer to satirically critique the architectural trends taking hold in the 60s. His comments are just as...

09/03/2019
Metroland.with.John.Betjeman - video dailymotion

Poetic description of the coming of suburbia https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5i3sp7

Harrow-on-the-Hill WHEN melancholy Autumn comes to Wembley And electric trains are lighted after tea The poplars near the Stadium are trembly With their tap and tap and whispering to me, Like the sound of little breakers Spreading out along the surf-line When the estuary’s filling With the sea. Th...

Echoes of the Enslaved An Immersive Experience through History and Archaeology September 6 & 7, 2019All Events are FREE ...
08/12/2019
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Echoes of the Enslaved



An Immersive Experience through History and Archaeology



September 6 & 7, 2019

All Events are FREE and open to all ages



This unique, two-day commemoration will highlight decades of archaeological discoveries and address the lasting legacies of chattel slavery in Prince George’s County.

This event series will be held with the generous cooperation of The Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit whose vision is to encourage a “more truthful and inclusive
narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people.”



Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, has taken his message of historic preservation and heritage to over 23 states and Washington, D.C., ensuring that the places
where enslaved families lived and passed on their culture will be here for future generations.


Friday, September 6, 6:30 pm

Conversation Circle and Overnight Campout

Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park 16801 Mount Calvert Road, Upper Marlboro 20772

Come gather where archaeologists have discovered the location of long forgotten slave quarters. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation
around a bonfire to discuss race, history, and healing. Participants are invited to camp in the fields where the ancestors once slept. Space is limited!


Saturday, September 7, 10 am-2 pm

Public Archaeology in the Slave Quarters

Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park 16801 Mount Calvert Road, Upper Marlboro 20772

Excavate the area where enslaved men, women, and children lived in the decades before emancipation. Nails and bricks have

been discovered, along with animal bones and oyster shells discarded after meals, fragments of plates and bottles, and personal items like buttons, keys, and tobacco pipes. What will you find?



Saturday, September 7, 6:30 pm

A Legacy of Enslavement Panel Discussion

Marietta House Museum
5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale 20769



It’s time to change the narrative. Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, will lead a diverse panel in a discussion about the legacy of enslavement and the ways that archaeology helps us untangle

the history of Prince George’s County. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

For more information call 301-627-1286 or email [email protected] or visit history.pgparks.com or slavedwellingproject.org Registration required for each event at pgparks.com/rsvp

Prince George's County Historic Preservation
08/01/2019

Prince George's County Historic Preservation

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Old Marlboro Primary School
14554 Elm Street
Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland
1896
The Old Marlboro Primary School at 14554 Elm Street in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is a typical example of late-nineteenth-century educational architecture. Noteworthy for the role it played in education, the Old Marlboro Primary School is most significant for the role it played in the early years of public education for girls in Prince George's County.

11/09/2018

I am giving the Supreme Court talk again on the 14th of November at the Maryland Veterans Museum in Charles County. While it took 2 hours at Marietta last week I see I have 30 minutes to do two thousand years of judicial history so I shall talk fast

11/03/2018

Join me at Marietta Mansion Museum in Glendale at 1 for an investigation of the political history of the US Supreme Court. Will spend a few minutes discussing what A quart is. What kind of race from the Romans through King John Parliament etc etc and dive right into proprietary Maryland and after that 45 seconds the Constitution of the United States and then the rest of the 45 minutes we will try to investigate Marbury McCulloch Armistead Dred Scott Plessy versus Ferguson US versus classic Brown versus Board of Education will probably make a side trip to the 14th Amendment Posse Comitatus 1878. The talk is being hosted by the historical society and the friends of Marietta. I think a $5 donation to the Friends is welcomed.

10/29/2018

Hello Everyone!

Please join us in November for our event at:

Marietta House (Home of Justice Gabriel DuVall) Museum & the Prince George’s County Historical Society present:

A Political History of the Supreme Court: from Rome to Kings to Presidents - who has power and privilege, and who decides.

Please join Historian, John Peter Thompson, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 1pm. at Marietta House Museum, for a riveting lecture and discussion of the Political History of the Supreme Court.

Fascinating information about our Supreme Court and the politics that created it, infuse it, and sustain it.

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

$5/person. For more information and to reserve your space, please call 301-464-5291.

Marietta is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769.

and is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

10/18/2018

On November 3rd at Marietta Mansion I will be presenting a talk on the political history of the US Supreme Court at 1. To the best of my knowledge there is no charge but I'm sure that Marietta would be pleased for a donation in any amount which helps them continue to have an offer lectures

10/02/2018

'Tis with regret that we announce the cancellation of our history tour. We find ourselves with more expert speakers than reservations. Thank you for your interest.

09/26/2018

Next on the tour comes North Brentwood which hold a first historic designation in the county. Make your reservations and learn about North Brentwood. Join Aaron Marcavitch, our second guide, as he takes us through the history of North Brentwood and Hyattsville. Aaron is the Executive Director of Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, a state certified Heritage Area program. He has his degrees in historic preservation and public history.

Consider joning our speakers on a County tour October 13th. The History bus tour will pass by Magruder House on its way ...
09/22/2018
Magruder House, 4703 Annapolis Road (Bladensburg Road), Bladensburg, Prince George's County, MD

Consider joning our speakers on a County tour October 13th. The History bus tour will pass by Magruder House on its way to the Bladensburg battelfield, also known as the Maryland Races - your guide will explain why , and Doug will let you in on an historic secret: Once upon a time politicians settled political and personal vendettas by shooting pistols at each other not tweets at the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md0495/

Photo(s): 15 | Measured Drawing(s): 5 | Data Page(s): 15 | Photo Caption Page(s): 1

The History tour will move  to Bostwick House and the Battle of Bladensburg as your guide, Doug, takes us to the river's...
09/22/2018
Bostwick House

The History tour will move to Bostwick House and the Battle of Bladensburg as your guide, Doug, takes us to the river's edge talking about the history of the Port of Bladensburg , founded 1742, and the War of 1812 in 1814. https://bostwickhouse.weebly.com/

09/22/2018
2018 Tour of Prince George’s County “Along the Patuxent”

The October bus tour will take us to Riversdale Mansion, home of the Calvert family. Our guide in the first hour will be Doug McElrath. A resident of Prince George's County since 1979, Doug is the director of Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Maryland. He also serves as chair of Prince George's Heritage and is engaged in a long-term research project on the history of Bladensburg. Reserve your seat now - lunch included, and a beer tasting at the end of the day included. http://pghistory.org/main/pgchs-bus-tour/

Join the Society on a bus tour to visit the Past through Present Prince George’s County. We Will visit Riversdale, Bladensburg, Beltsville, Marietta, Upper Marlboro, Nottingham, Mount Calvert, and more. We will end the trip with a tour and tasting at Calvert Brewing.

The October 13th Prince George's County history adventure tour begins at the world's oldest continously operating airpor...
09/22/2018
College Park Airport | MNCPPC, MD

The October 13th Prince George's County history adventure tour begins at the world's oldest continously operating airport http://www.pgparks.com/3030/College-Park-Airport

College Park Airport (KCGS) was established in 1909 after Wilbur Wright came to the field to train two military officers to fly in the government's first aeroplane. The facility is now the world's oldest continually operated airport,and is the site of many significant aviation firsts. College Park A...

PGCHS Bus Tour October 13thJoin the Society on a bus tour to visit the Past through Present Prince George’s County. We W...
09/15/2018
PGCHS Bus Tour October 13, 2018

PGCHS Bus Tour October 13th
Join the Society on a bus tour to visit the Past through Present Prince George’s County. We Will visit Riversdale, Bladensburg, Beltsville, Marietta, Upper Marlboro, Nottingham, Mount Calvert, and more. We will end the trip with a tour and tasting at Calvert Brewing in Upper MArlboro before returning to College Park. https://pghistory.org/main/pgchs-bus-tour/.

Join the Society on a bus tour to visit the Past through Present Prince George’s County. We Will visit Riversdale, Bladensburg, Beltsville, Marietta, Upper Marlboro, Nottingham, Mount Calvert, and more. We will end the trip with a tour and tasting at Calvert Brewing.

09/15/2018

Bus tour of the Patuxet side of Prince George's County is on! Join the Society on a bus tour to visit the Past through Present
Prince George’s County. We will visit Riversdale,
Bladensburg, Beltsville, Marietta, Upper Marlboro, Nottingham, Mount Calvert, and more. We will end the trip with a tour and tasting at Calvert Brewing. Price is $75/member, $85/non-member, or become a member with a combo price of $100. We will have 9 speakers on the tour to show and tell over 300 years of history.

A link to our website and PayPal is forth coming today and will be psoted here. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we canr eserve a spot for you on the bus!

08/23/2018
Along the Thames Path from Waterloo to Putney

If I were not sucha technosaur, I should like to do something like this for our County and its history. Alas, though I know our history, I am lacking any technical skill to make this happen.

A walk following part of the Thames Path from Waterloo to Putney Bridge, taking in Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park and St. Mary'...

1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US
07/06/2018
1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US

1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US

Compilation of sound interviews with some of the oldest people living in the United States in 1929. Footage is from the early Movietone sound cameras. Conden...

03/27/2018

The Prince George’s County Historical Society & the Prince George’s County Library System Spring Lecture Series Presentation

Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th, 7:30pm. at the Hyattsville Branch Library, for a lecture and discussion on “Prince George’s County Historic Waterways”. Archaeologist, Stephanie Sperling, will discuss her work regarding the Chesapeake Bay. Archaeologists have discovered sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that span at least 12,000 years of human history. From Native American camps, to colonial plantations, to fishing wharves, to beach resorts, these sites tell the story of the myriad ways people interact with the water. The effects of climate change threaten to erase much of that history through erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge. Learn what archaeologists in the region are doing about this and how you can help.

Stephanie Sperling is an archaeologist with nearly 20 years’ experience in the Middle Atlantic. She is a recognized expert in the region excavating and advocating for coastal sites, and now works with the Natural and Historical Resources Division of Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Hyattsville Library is at its temporary location: 6502 America Blvd., Hyattsville, MD 20782; 301-985-4690.

Address

11 Crescent Rd
Greenbelt, MD
20770

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(301) 220-0330

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Hi all! I am writing on behalf of Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park to share an event we are hosting on November 17. Maya Davis of the Maryland State Archives will be presenting a FREE lecture discussing marriage ceremonies and married life among Maryland's enslaved communities during the 19th century. It will highlight the laws relating to marriage that impacted the enslaved, as well as the difficulties presented when studying poorly documented family units and genealogies. This program is in conjunction with our current exhibit, Your Presence is Requested: Calvert Weddings, 1799-Today, which highlights the weddings of the Calvert family of Riversdale, as well as the weddings of some enslaved families at the plantation. Of particular interest in the exhibit is the marriage of Adam and Emily Plummer, whose lives were very well documented. Though married for 37 years, the couple was separated for 24 years as Emily was moved around from Lanham to Meridian Hill to Ellicott City, before finally joining her husband and 8 children at Riversdale in 1863. Please share with any friends who would be interested and we hope to see you there!
Where was "Millingham" in Prince George's County in 1840? Thanks! ( Found it on the census)
I was born and grew up in Prince George's County (College Park). Would anyone have any photos of the old Berwyn School that was on Greenbelt Blvd?
I'm looking for James Gibbs 1708-1726 father I've hit a brick wall on this family, please avise if you have nay informaiton on the above name mentioned.
New Group Online Beginner's Czech Class starting April 3rd! Contact [email protected] for a Registration Form!
I have been researching cemeteries and burials in Anne Arundel County for almost 30 years. I have death certificates up to about 1950, photographs of many of the tombstones, and some other records: obits, funeral home, etc. If you who don't know the exact date of death or spelling of the name you may be interested in Index of Anne Arundel County Maryland Death Certificates, 1840-1920, available from Amazon. I am always looking for additional records to give the most complete picture of who is buried in Anne Arundel County which is one of the earliest counties in Maryland and with much information already pulled together. Also, as you research other counties in Maryland you may want to check out the resources at Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites.
Looking for James Gibbs from there born 1709-1963 or any Gibbs that came thru MD on the way to KY, thanks in advance.
Laurel's Tastee Diner probably should've received historic designation years ago, but it was surveyed during a time when classic diners were still ubiquitous. Now, it's one of only TWO surviving Comac-built diners known to exist. The property is being sold, and the new owners plan to wrap the structure, gut the interior, and reopen as a medical marijuana dispensary. Please help save this rare piece of Maryland history.
Dear members, I do a private literacy campaign so kids know how Maryland motto was earned the “Old Line State” , with the blood of 400 Maryland soldiers who attacked the Hessian’s at the Battle of Brooklyn. 9 out of 400 came out alive! On the 3rd floor of the Towson Library until Jan 1st is a Maryland Confederate collection that includes 100’s of original Confederate Marylander’s, belts, boxes, crosses, excavated buckles, all Maryland. The Maryland Historical society in downtown Baltimore has the best Maryland collection on display, their 15 minutes apart. Please enjoy, if you are every selling anything, please contact me at Budds Creek 301 475-2000 Jonathan Beasley
I happened upon this wonderful exhibit while on an impromptu visit to the Montpelier Mansion. This is the last week!!!!
Hi! I met some of you at the AACPL Odenton Library Genealogy Fair. I was wondering if you all happened to have a copy of this book?