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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Columbia's story began 50 years ago

      While we will officially celebrate the 50th anniversary of Columbia in 2017 the story of Columbia began in 1962 when Jim Rouse and the Rouse Company began to acquire the land for the new town.  There was much speculation about who was buying the land.  One of the most amazing speculations had to do with the Russians buying the land.  I guess we were still very much in the Cold War and when the movie "The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming" was popular.
      To highlight this anniversary the Columbia Archives is chronicling that story with a new series of exhibits and programs. According to a press release from the Archives:
“Creating Columbia — The Idea and The Gamble” will be introduced at an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Archives, located at 10227 Wincopin Circle in Downtown Columbia. Photographs, maps, news coverage and correspondence from the time period of 1962 to 1963 trace the progression of Rouse’s thought process, analysis of the Baltimore-Washington area, his first forays into town planning and the first land purchases.
The open house is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.  The exhibit will continue until June 2013 and is open during regular hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

P.S.
  Check out the HoCo Library's winter offerings at this link

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