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Celebrate History & Heritage! Historic Beach Resorts Event at Mayo Beach Park

Event Date: 
August 7, 2016 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Anne Arundel County will hold the first of three free public days at Mayo Beach Park on Sunday, August 7 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. This series is supported by and in partnership with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Four Rivers Heritage Area, and Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources Division and Recreation and Parks.

Planned activities will take place within the Bay View Pavilion at Mayo Beach Park and will feature three local historians and researchers who will discuss the history of early beach resorts and communities in Anne Arundel County. Scheduled times for these talks are as follows:

11:30 am – Beach Resorts of Anne Arundel County by Lara Lutz

1:00 pm – The History of Mayo Beach by Darald Lofgren

2:30 pm – African-American Beach Communities by Connie Holland

In addition, local history tables will also be set up in the pavilion area, hosted by representatives of local organizations and museums and local historians associated with Chesapeake Bay beach communities. Oral history interviews will also take place throughout the day and 18th-century artifacts from archaeological digs near the park will be on display. Food will be offered by the Galesville Community Association.

During the early 20th century, people near and far flocked to the countless beach resorts, summer communities, and Chesapeake Bay recreational areas that occupied much of Anne Arundel County's shoreline. These spaces are undoubtedly where many summertime memories were made, unforgettable family moments were had, friendships were made and unforgettable acquaintances were met. These places are also where serious social issues played out. For decades, many of Anne Arundel County's beaches were segregated and some, like Beverly-Triton Beach Resort, fought to stay as such even after the Civil Rights Act had taken effect. After the construction of the Bay Bridge and the establishment of Ocean City as a major vacation destination, many public beaches struggled to stay afloat and eventually turned to private hands.

As the beach resort heyday is sinking deeper and deeper into our past, it is imperative to preserve what remains of this significant period in local history and the roles these spaces played in shaping communities throughout time. Residents (both past and present) are requested to share oral histories, memories, experiences, photographs, and other memorabilia so that they can be recorded and preserved for future generations. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their swimsuits and take a
dip in the Bay.

Two additional public day events will be held at Beverly Triton Beach Park on Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 15. For more information email  CelebrateUncoverPreserve@gmail.com and also visit Anne Arundel County Division of Cultural Resources at http://www.aacounty.org/cr

Location

Mayo Beach Park
4150 Honeysuckle Dr, Edgewater, MD 21037
United States