Howard County Library

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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