Learn About the Early History of Columbia With a Free Mini-Course and Online Exhibit

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Columbia Archives is now offering two great ways to learn about the early history of Columbia — a free mini-course, being held in February, and an online exhibit available on the Archives’ website.

The mini-course will be held on three Mondays: Feb. 3, 10 and 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Slayton House, located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. People can choose to register for all three Mondays or for individual sessions via CreatingColumbia.Eventbrite.com.

  • The Feb. 3 session will look at James Rouse’s vision for this new city of Columbia, his decision to purchase land in Howard County and why his idea was a gamble.

  • The Feb. 10 session will concentrate on the mystery of just who was making these major purchases of thousands of acres, and then Howard County’s reaction to the announcement about who was buying the land, and why.

  • The Feb. 17 session will examine the formation of The Work Group, a think tank of experts who helped turn Rouse’s idea of creating a better city into a reality.

These sessions will be led by Columbia historian Barbara Kellner, director of Columbia Archives. For more information, call 410-715-3103 or email Barbara.Kellner@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Another great educational resource is the online exhibit, “Creating Columbia: 50 Years Ago Today,” which is available at this link.

Columbia will celebrate its 50th birthday in June 2017, but it did not just appear out of the blue in 1967. The community was years in the making, years filled with excitement and energy, opportunities and challenges, successes and failures.

The timeline exhibit chronicles those events, as well as the key players both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, all of which formed the foundation of all that Columbia is today. The exhibit is a fluid document that has entries appearing on the corresponding day in history, 50 years later, with materials culled from Columbia Archives’ collection of documents, photographs, oral histories and media coverage.

Each entry just scratches the surface, and readers are encouraged to visit Columbia Archives to dig deeper into the past.

Columbia Archives collects and preserves the history of Columbia. The public is welcome to visit Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArchives.org or contact Archives staff at Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3103.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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