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).
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.
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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