Displays & Exhibits

Historic Takoma’s T-Shirt Collection

Historic Takoma has a wide ranging t-shirt collection depicting the life, politics, sports, events, and culture of the Takoma Park community. If you have a t-shirt, in good condition, that doesn’t duplicate what we already have, we’d be interested in considering adding it to our collection. Please write to archives@historictakoma.org (and include a picture of your shirt(s)). Thanks to archives volunteer Janet Douglas for organizing and cataloging this collection!!

Virtual Exhibit Gallery

Signs of Democracy

Project organized Franca Brilliant and Megan Scribner; Eric Bond created two posters for Historic Takoma and curated the submitted photographs

After the second Trump impeachment trial ended on February 13, 2021, handmade yard signs began to pop up in yards across Takoma Park. Residents wanted to let Representative Jamie Raskin know how grateful they were for his phenomenal work as the lead House manager for the impeachment.

Residents grabbed paper and markers and wrote notes of thanks to Raskin and the other nine managers. They added words such as Patriot, Democracy Defender, American Hero to their Jamie Raskin for Congress signs. They filled their yards and windows with flags and heart signs. The signs they made were creative, touching, witty, and heartfelt.

Thinking that this was a tribute worth documenting—and sharing with Jamie—neighbors put out the call for people to send in pictures of their signs. Within a week, nearly 100 responded. A professional photographer contacted those who sent in pictures of their signs and arranged to take additional photos of them with their signs. He created two poster collages to give to Jamie as well as this Historic Takoma display, which includes many of the photos sent in by Takoma Parkers. The two posters along with collections of many of the photos appear below. A slide show of all the submitted photographs can be found HERE.

The pictures on these collages are just a portion of the many that were posted throughout Takoma Park. They do not represent all of the pictures or the people who posted them, only those who responded to the email call for pictures of their signs. If you have a sign you’d like added to the collection and to the slideshow, please send them to info@historictakoma.org.

Eric’s posters created for Historic Takoma

Collections of photographs submitted to the project

Takoma Park Churches

Photographs by Jim Douglas

Takoma Park is home to numerous churches. Two of the oldest are the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church at the corner of Maple Avenue and Tulip Avenue, which began as a Union Chapel in 1889 (see Notable Places) and the Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of Piney Branch Road and Dahlia Street, NW, which was founded in 1893. The Seventh Day Adventist Church at the corner of Carroll Avenue and Eastern Avenue was built in the early 1950s, replacing the original church that sat at the southeast corner of Carroll Avenue and Willow Avenue (currently a parking lot). The current God Glorified Church of God on Geneva Avenue was originally Parker Memorial Baptist Church, established in the 1920s by the African American community in that area.

Parks of Takoma Park

Photographs by Jim Douglas

Takoma Park is home to a variety of parks, gardens, playgrounds, and open space managed by the City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Parks, the District of Columbia, and the National Park Service. The oldest is Spring Park, created by BF Gilbert as part of his 1886 subdivision, Gilbert’s Addition/Carroll Farm.

Can you find all of Takoma’s parks, gardens, and open spaces? How many of these have you visited?

Don’t see a park you know about? Let us know where it is.