Helane Jeffreys talks about the Women’s Center in Columbia and the important role it has played in her life. She was a Columbia pioneer who was instrumental in starting the first co-operative nursery in town, Wilde Lake Co-op Nursery, and also the Open University of Columbia, which taught classes of the New Age Movement (e.g. massage therapy, meditation).
Anita Fox moved to Columbia in 1969 after visiting the New Town on several occasions. She recalls the Exhibit Center’s tours and watching the area grow from a country setting of 4,000 residents to a bustling suburb. Her many community activities are discussed, which include many firsts for Columbia, as well as her "on the side" chocolate business, Cordially Yours.
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.
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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.