Archives Committee

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Although Garrett Park has had an archives since the community was developed in the late 19th century, the official Garrett Park Archives were formally created by the Town Council at its meeting of July 12, 2010 (Ordinance 2010-03: addition of Section 113 to the Garrett Park Code of Ordinances Garrett Park Archives and Archives Committee). The ordinance provided for an archives advisory committee, and the seven initial committee members were appointed by Mayor Chris Keller at the Council meeting of January 2011. The official name of the Committee is The Barbara Shidler Archives Committee in recognition of the valuable contribution of Ms. Shidler, who was the town archivist from 2003 to 2009.

Penn Place SpringMembers of the committee are appointed for three year terms from among citizens who have lived in Garrett Park for at least one year and who are qualified by special interest, knowledge, experience or training in such fields as library science, records conservation, database compilation and maintenance, historic preservation, oral history or complimentary disciplines.

The archives contain the rich and varied documentary history of Garrett Park from its original development by the Metropolitan Investment and Building Company of Montgomery County in 1886, through its incorporation by the state of Maryland as a town in 1898 and on to today. The collection includes thousands of documents, pictures, maps, oral history records, memorabilia and other items that preserve that history and form a mosaic of the people and events that have shaped our community. The archives are open to Town citizens and outside researchers with the guidance of the Town Office and the committee.

The committee advises the Town Council with respect to all issues involving or affecting the archives. It also undertakes education initiatives to advance the understanding and appreciation of the archives and on other historical matters of general interest in the Town. Send a Query about our collection. Archives e-mail address: archives@garrettparkmd.gov

Committee Members
 
Marian Green
 
Kay Hager
 
Joanna Welch
 Council Liaison
Rachel James
 Town Archivist

An appeal from the Committee for materials

Our wonderful historic town is notable for the number of organizations, events and activities it has spawned, all as a result of the many volunteer hours annually devoted by our community-minded townsfolk. If you are one of these civic-minded neighbors who has spent time volunteering in town, the Garrett Park Archives seeks your help.

If you have taken part in, say, the Citizens Association, or Women's Club, or the Centennial celebration, or school activities or town government over your years in town, you may have lots of valuable information, documents, posters, prizes, photos and the like tucked away in a pile that you have not thrown away (yet). Even if you only attended an event, you may have valuable stuff. The archives wants that material to more fully record the rich history, culture and social life of our 125-year-old community. We have recently received several such collections from the families of former residents, and will soon be getting other collections.

If you wish to donate your stash of memorabilia, please contact Town Archivist, Rachel James or Elizabeth Henley in the town office at 301-933-7488. Or, drop it off when the archives are open.  A sign is displayed next to the Post Office counter.  Everybody is welcome to visit the Archives and get a tour when the room is in use. Please come on in.

With thanks from the Archives Committee

Archives Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Important Documents
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