Gretchen Moore was an “almost” pioneer to Columbia having moved here in 1972. She recounts her Long Reach and Owen Brown Village neighborhoods and the reasons why she felt such cohesiveness there. The concept of village centers and how they have changed throughout the years is talked about, as well as, her experiences with community groups, early shopping opportunities, and the amenities in Columbia.
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Helen Ruther is a Columbia pioneer, moving to Columbia in 1967 from New York. Her husband worked at the Social Security Administration, she was a homemaker with young children. Ruther talks about her involvement in the new community, first with the League of Women Voters and as founding member of Howard County Democratic Club and Columbia Film Society. As a pioneer Ruther knew Jim Rouse and shares stories about him.