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 Anacostia Trails Heritage Area


Since 2005, Center staff and and students have partnered with the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA), one of 23 state-designated Heritage Areas. The collaboration promotes heritage tourism in the part of Prince George's County, along the historic Route 1 corridor, that surrounds the University of Maryland . These efforts included the ATHA interest group, historical research in the Port Towns region of ATHA, and a collaborative interpretive history project involving several center affiliates.

Bladensburg's 1925 Peace Cross Memorializes the city's World War I Casualties.

CHRS has hosted a series of interest group meetings for University scholars interested in pursuing research within ATHA. Plans are currently underway to develop an inderdisciplinary undergraduate course cluster centered on ATHA, as well as establishing an ATHA library, currently housed in the Center. Additionally, interest group member and affiliate, Judith Freidenberg has begun work on an Immigrant Life History Museum to be located in ATHA.

In addition, with support from the University's Historic Preservation Department, CHRS has been conducting historical research in the Port Towns area in an effort create a comprehensive and accesable archive for researchers. The archive includes technical and historical documents as well as maps and ephemera. Historic Preservation graduate student Suzanne Stasiulatis has prepared a 400-item database of resources related to the area. View Suzanne's photos of the Port Towns Area. Additionally, she has assembled a collection of the the area's National Register Nominations. You can view Historical Census Data from Social Explorer. Recently, Suzanne has conducted interviews about heritage with people from the Port Towns region. Find transcripts of those PTIP Interviews here.

Download the Port Towns Resource Database

Click on a the appropriate file format above to download the database. To open the tab-delimited file (.tab) download and then open from within Microsoft Excel or other appropriate application.

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