Alfonso Narvaez from the Prince Georges County Historical & Cultural Trust History (PGCHCT) spoke about the 2012 History in the Making Program.  This was a series of lectures designed to be a community conversation about the history of our area and how to reveal, present and share it. The program was created in partnership with Prince George’s Heritage Inc., Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc., Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance and the Maryland Indian Tourism Association with support from the Prince George’s County History Consortium, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the African American Heritage Preservation Group.  This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lectures were held:

  • February 22nd: Mt. Rainier, MD
  • April 25th: Laurel, MD
  • May 23rd: Oxon Hill, MD
  • June 20th: Upper Marlboro, MD

All of the events had community leaders both from the private and government sectors attend. Many city council members and Maryland House of Delegates spoke.  Conversations were locally driven and some were livelier than others. All of them had attendance from the local community, many who were newcomers to the historic preservation scene.

Not only was the program successful but it was accomplished under budget. Money was returned to the Maryland Humanities Council because many site locations donated space to help make this possible. It was the PGCHCT’s Board’s suggestion to continue the lecture series without the need of another Maryland Humanities Council Grant by working within the programs preservation partners.  This was a successful venue that should be modeled for future conversations.

Contact PGCHCT of PGH if you are interested in partnering with us for another History in the Making: Community Conversation this year.

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