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  • Helane Jeffreys

    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).

     

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  • Anita Fox

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    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.

     

    http://www.columbiafilmsociety.org

     

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  • Alfred & Mary Bracey

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    Alfred and Mary Bracey have felt a sense of community in Columbia, ever since they moved there over 30 years ago.  Maybe that is why, even after retiring from their jobs, they do not want to live anywhere else.  The married couple talk about some of the places they have seen being built in town, as well as, some of the social and community groups they enjoy.

     

    www.pierians.org/index.html

    http://christchurchcolumbia.org

    http://www.co.ho.md.us/HR/hr_hrc.htm

     

     

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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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  • Gretchen Moore

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    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.

    Learn more about items mentioned in this podcast:

    www.columbiachoralsociety.org

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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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