Howard County Library

  • Bette Chambers Part 3

    In Part 3 of Bette Chambers’ interview, Mrs. Chambers reads an article written for her 80th birthday in "The View."  She relates the important work of garden clubs, which corresponds with her philosophy to "leave a place more beautiful than you found it."  She concludes the interview by talking about her children and grandchildren.

     

     

    articles.baltimoresun.com/keyword/eklof

    articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-04-15/news/bs-md-ob-chambers-bette-20100415_1_historic

    www.hcconservancy.org

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  • Bette Chambers Part 2

    weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/gardening/2010/04/art_blooms_at_the_waters_art.html

    www.dshistory.com/stores/stewarts_baltimore/

    www.trainweb.org/oldmainline/ect1.htm

    In Part 2 of Bette Chambers’ interview, Mrs. Chambers talks about her courtship and early married life with her late husband, Mel Chambers.  She recounts many of the businesses and people of Ellicott City along with her life living in an historic house, Toll House, and her work as an interior designer.

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  • Claudia Littmann

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    Claudia Littmann talks about growing up in Wilde Lake covering such topics as her neighborhood, open classrooms, and local shops.  Her close family ties and the good county schools brought her back to Howard County, when she started her own family.

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  • Liz Bobo

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    Liz Bobo recalls early Columbia and how it influenced her life, as well as, her activism and involvement in local organizations.  Early Columbians, possibly through Jim Rouse’s influence, had an idealistic approach to their town and government, and therefore many new non-profit organizations were created during that time.  Ms. Bobo shares her thoughts about Columbia’s amenities and also how she envisions the future of the city.

     

    http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12188.html

    http://www.co.ho.md.us/CountyCouncil/CC_HomePage.htm

     

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  • Scott Johnson

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    Scott Johnson talks about growing up in Columbia and the schools, stores, and open spaces that he would walk or ride his bicycle to near his home.  Columbia had everything for him and he later came to know about Rouse’s vision and how other towns were not like Columbia.  Johnson names several local attractions that he has enjoyed over the years and expresses his hopes for the future of Howard County and Columbia.

    Learn more about items mentioned in this podcast:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-space_school#Open_Space_School

    http://www.hcconservancy.org/

    http://wildelake.columbiavillages.org/
     

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  • Eva Skrenta

    Eva Skrenta moved to Columbia in 1974 drawn to the concept of a new town and an open, integrated community. She became active in the community through her homeowner’s association, politics and work at Columbia Medical Plan. Skrenta’s family emigrated to the United States after World War II. Skrenta talks about her father, Jerzy Kajetanski, a Holocaust survivor and an artist, his move to Columbia and her role in arranging local showings of his art and of his work being at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

     

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  • Bill Santos

    Bill Santos grew up in Columbia.  He moved to Wilde Lake in 1972 when he was six and the family moved to Owen Brown in 1977.  He attended Running Brook Elementary, Jeffers Hill Elementary, Owen Brown Middle and Hammond High. Santos recalls memories of the freedom of exploring the bike paths, swim team and life at the neighborhood pool, BMX track, and experience of working at the Town Center boat dock.  Santos moved back to Columbia after the Navy and college and recalls going to Magarita Maggies and to Nottingham’s where you can find old friends.  Santos is raising his family in Columbia and talks about his son’s experiences

     

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  • Helen Ruther

    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.

     

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  • Marianne Osburg Schwartz

    Marianne Osburg Schwartz discusses her book, “Momisms: The Wit & Wisdom of My Mom”.  Approximately 40-50 momisms, or sayings of her mother, are included in this book, covering topics such as 101, medical, after life, grammatical, and relative, to name just a few.  Uncover the meaning of some of these sayings and see if you have heard them before!

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