Visit Us at 7328 Carroll Avenue
Monday, February 8, 7-9PM — Radio Posse Gathering. An informal monthly working and listening group for aspiring Takoma Radio programmers and programming committee members. Bring a laptop, headphones, and audio to work on. Free.
Thursday, February 11, 7-8:30PM — “Creating Your Low Waste Home.” Come and learn creative ways to modify your lifestyle in order to reduce your waste, save money and have fun! Takoma Park resident and entrepreneur Brooke Moore (simplifywithbrooke.com) will teach you concrete steps toward developing a low waste life.
Tuesday, February 16, 7-8:30PM — Radio Info Session. Find out about volunteer opportunities and learn how to get on the air. Free.
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30-9PM — Takoma Horticultural Club presents, “How to Take Great Flower Photos with your Smartphone.” Join us for a presentation with professional flower photographer Patty Hankins. Free.
Monday, February 22, 7-8:30PM — Radio Info Session. Find out about volunteer opportunities and learn how to get on the air. Free.
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30PM — Takoma Park Independence Day Committee, volunteers are needed for 2016 festivities.
Thursday, February 25, 7PM — “Restoration of Historic Windows.” Join us for a presentation by expert craftsman Neil Mozer of Mozer Works, Inc. and Lorraine Pearsall of Historic Takoma on the process and benefits of restoring your windows. Neil will walk you through his restoration process and Lorraine will discuss both State and County tax credits for this restoration.
Tuesday, March 1, 7-8:30PM — “Historic District Tax Credits and the HAWP Process.” Join Scott Whipple, Section Head of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office, and HPC Chairman Bill Kirwan to learn about the County and state historic preservation tax credit programs and the Historic Area Work Permit process. Both owner-occupied residential and income producing properties may be eligible for the credits. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
SAVE THE DATE:
House and Garden Tour 2016
Sunday May 1
the year 2015 at Historic Takoma.
RADIO - Our newest project cleared an important milestone when the FCC granted us a construction permit in January. We have since ordered the necessary transmitting and studio broadcasting equipment, partly funded by a $11,000 City of Takoma Park grant. In addition, we launched a crowdfunding online campaign and other local fundraisers that gathered $40,000+. We signed a lease agreement to place the antenna on a local high-rise near the site of our broadcast studio under construction at 7014 Westmoreland Avenue (Allyworld). Meanwhile, training workshops for audio producers and information sessions for those interesting in joining the on-air team have been underway since summer. Some of the produced content has begun airing on our website and at several listening sessions.
SHARING HISTORY: 2015 marked the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation. Our window exhibits and Tales of Takoma narratives (posted on our website as well as the Takoma Voice) focused on the timeline of Takoma Park's history and were a primary component of our social media outreach. We worked jointly with the City and other local organizations to celebrate the 125th. In addition, our history walking tours (or bus tours in the case of local seniors) shared city history with fourth graders (20th year), scouts, and neighbors, while history display boards were hung at local festivals. One highlight of the year was the Sammie Abbott Plaque Dedication Program, which brought together an impressive range of speakers who worked with Abbott who offered their take on Sammie's Legacy.
HOUSE AND GARDEN TOURS: This year our signature event focused on the 1890s era tying in the “Takoma Park at 125” theme, while showcasing the efforts of past and present owners to rescue and lovingly care for these important houses. Hosts included several younger (newly-arrived) families who welcomed the chance to learn more about the heritage of their neighborhood.
EVENTS in the BUILDING: We hosted events that range from preservation tax credit info to kitchen renovation and de-cluttering, author talks and a spectacular Spring Victorian Tea for seniors (in conjunction with the City Recreation Department). In addition, we welcomed a range of local groups to hold their own programs here, including speakers on all things gardenings, political issues like whether to Move to Amend the U.S. constitution, and kickoffs for the Library Big Book discussions.
ARCHIVES: To further our digitizing efforts, we secured a $2500 grant to digitize the Takoma Journal microfilm (1930-1955) along prized scrapbook created by William Hooker (first Historical Society president). New acquisitions included files from TPSS Baseball, Takoma Foundation, the Folk Festival, and the Takoma Theatre Arts Project, and last but not least, the collection of Dorothy Barnes, our Historian Emeritus. We also collaborated with Docs in Progress, the Hort Club, local scouts, and the alumni of Cynthia Warner School to expand and curate our collection. We fielded a fascinating range of queries on local history, and we continue to expand our house histories and local maps.
PRESERVATION/DEVELOPMENT: It was a busy year monitoring the status of the high rise development at the Metro station, efforts by Montgomery College to expand their campus, expansion interests of Montgomery College, and the progress of the Church kitchen expansion. The most intense effort was the Takoma Junction development as well as ongoing issues of traffic and parking. One new project offers an opportunity to work with Takoma DC neighbors to bring back home a statue commissioned for the Poor People’s March, currently on display outside at the Carnegie Library The goal is to place “The Hand” as part of the reconfiguration of the 4th Street/Blair/Cedar intersection.
We look forward to an exciting 2016 as we continue our work on all these exciting aspects of Historic Takoma.