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Takoma Horticultural Club Donates Flower Show Trophies

Some of the donated trophies

The Takoma Horticultural Club recently donated to Historic Takoma eleven engraved trophy cups, plaques, bowls, and platters from the Club’s and other annual flower shows. These items, which date from 1933 to 1985, were handed down through the Club’s leadership over the decades. Ten of the eleven items are sterling silver or silver plated. Three of these are on display in Historic Takoma’s Reading Room.

Three trophies on display in Reading Room

Established in 1916, the Takoma Horticultural Club is the longest continuously operating civic group in Takoma Park. Producing flower shows was one of the Club’s main community activities for many decades. The full history of the flower shows can be found on the Club’s website. Following the donation of the items to Historic Takoma’s archives, volunteer Read More

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Unification Turns 25

Takoma Voice, July 1997

July 1, 2022, marks the 25th anniversary of the unification of Takoma Park into Montgomery County, ending 107 years of divided jurisdiction between Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and capping a 17-year effort to become One City – One County. Historic Takoma is documenting this remarkable accomplishment with an oral history project involving the citizen activists, elected officials, and City staff who were instrumental in leading and implementing the unification effort. A new window exhibit at Historic Takoma traces the history of the unification of Takoma Park into one county; on September 18, 2022, Historic Takoma and the City of Takoma Park will present a program at the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center.

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ISO Takoma Authors

Historic Takoma has launched a project to collect and document the work of authors living in (or closely associated with) Takoma Park. Initially this project focuses on collecting the publications of Takoma Authors and developing short biographical profiles to introduce the authors to the community. We currently have a small collection of books by local authors in our Reading Room – but it’s a tiny fraction of this author-rich community. The current list of books in our Takoma Authors Collection can be be found here.

If you are a published author living in Takoma Park – or once lived in Takoma Park or otherwise are closely associated with Takoma Park – Read More

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Historic Takoma Honors Takoma Park Lesbians and Gays (TPLAG)

As we celebrate Pride Day in Takoma Park on June 26 Historic Takoma remembers the long history and culture of lesbians and gays in our community. In the 1980s, Takoma Park attracted many new residents from the counterculture generation. Among those who settled here were lesbians and gays who found welcome in Takoma’s progressive community.  In October 1988 they came together as Takoma Park Lesbians and Gays (TPLAG) for the first of many monthly brunches, a tradition that continues to this day. The brunch itself served as a key networking and support community for lesbians and gays alike, at a time when the two groups often functioned separately. Read more about TPLAG and the history of gays and lesbians in Takoma Park here.

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2022 House and Garden Tour CANCELLED

Sadly the world does not seem to have left Covid behind to the degree needed before people feel comfortable opening their homes and interiors to the numbers who would show up.

We are still considering alternative ideas for some version of an outdoor event, probably in the fall.  We will keep you posted.

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Trees of Takoma Installation at Historic Takoma

Saturday, April 23, marks the official opening of the “Trees of Takoma” a site-specific installation in Historic Takoma’s front window by local artist Marty Ittner. The installation, which will be on view through June 12, opens in conjunction with the Earth Day event at the Co-op parking lot on April 23 and the celebration of Arbor Day on April 29. 

Trees of Takoma features vintage photos of Takoma Park and offers a rare view of our rolling hills before development. The four “luminary” columns were made from cyanotypes. Leaves were placed directly on photosensitive mulberry paper, exposed to sunlight, and dried in the dark, producing full size images in a vivid blue color. Learn more about Marty’s process and purpose with WOWD’s Eric Bond interview here

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NARA Releases 1950 Census

1950 Census banner

On April 1, 2022, the NARA (the National Archives and Records Administration) released the 1950 Census, after 72 years of confidentiality. NARA has made the census available on a free dedicated website from the National Archives: 1950census.archives.gov. This is a great resource for anyone researching the people and families of Takoma Park.Read More

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Historic Takoma Receives Grant for Archives

Historic Takoma has received a major grant from the Miller History Fund, administered by the Maryland Center for History and Culture. We were among 11 grantees from around the state for projects to expand capacity to steward and share state history. The announcement can be found here.

The grant is for $20,000 over two years, beginning in April 2022. Our application focused on two major facets: (1) Collections Care and Preservation and (2) Collections Access. Read More

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