Tucked among other Maryland suburbs outside Washington, D.C., the cute little town of Greenbelt has a surprisingly radical history. It was one of three “green towns” built under the New Deal Era Resettlement Administration, and it was supposed to be a new way of living, a utopia. Was it really a utopia? And how did the model hold up over time? I discover this and more during my visit to the Greenbelt Museum, housed in one of the original 1937 low-income row homes.
This episode is sponsored by The Lyndhurst Group. The Lyndhurst Group is a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction.
The featured song in this episode is “Good Day” by Katy Starr. Documentary clips from a 1939 documentary “The City.”
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, a museum consultant specializing in podcasting for museums, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
In this season of the podcast, I’m visiting the museums of Maryland to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape this state’s unique cultural identity.
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- “Crowdsourcing African American History in Historic Greenbelt” on Preservation Maryland
- “Greenbelt History” on the museum website
- “History of the New Deal” on History
- Wikipedia page on Rexford Guy Tugwell
Photoshoot in the Museum
I loved the Greenbelt Museum so much when I visited, that I decided to come back a few months later to do a photoshoot there with my husband! Here are a few of the photos, taken by the talented William Petruzzo of Petruzzo Photography.