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Creating Columbia: A Mini-Course

Columbia Archives

Monday, February 17, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Columbia, MD

Creating Columbia:  A Mini-Course

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Type End Quantity
The Idea and the Gamble
Feb. 3, 2014
Ended Free  
The Mystery Solved
Feb. 10, 2014
Ended Free  
We Own the Land - Now What
Feb. 17, 2014
Ended Free  

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***Update Feb. 3, 2014

We have arranged to hold the Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 sessions in a larger room at Slayton House and have made more tickets available for these sessions.


Columbia’s 50th birthday isn’t until June 2017, but the history of Columbia actually began years before with the idea, the purchase of farmland, and the initial planning.  Explore the beginning of Columbia with Columbia Archives Manager Barbara Kellner at a new day-time series.  All talks will be at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center and start at 2pm.


Feb. 3 -- The Idea and the Gamble. James Rouse was concerned with the development of cities and suburbs for many years before he decided to build a city from scratch.  This session will delve into that process and the gamble to assemble land in Howard County.


Feb. 10 - The Mystery Solved.  Nine months of uncertainty over who was buying up thousands of acres of land in Howard County ended with the October 30, 1963 announcement of The Rouse Company’ s plan to build a city.  This session will concentrate on major land purchases and Howard County’s reaction to the news.


Feb. 17 – We Own the Land  - Now What. Jim Rouse had more questions than answers when he announced the company’s intention to build a city.   This session will focus on The Work Group – the experts convened by The Rouse Company to “examine the optimums” that would guide the development process.  

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Slayton House
10400 Cross Fox Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Monday, February 17, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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Columbia Archives

Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association, collects, preserves and makes available to the public the history of Columbia,  Maryland. The collection documents the planning, development and continuing physical, institutional, governmental and cultural growth of the community and the life of its founder, James Rouse.

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