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The North End: Greenbelt's WWII Defense Community

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Take a virtual stroll through the North End and discover what made - and continues to make - this area so important in Greenbelt's history.

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When the federal government built defense housing at the planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland, it ended up with a town divided into two neighborhoods, with two different populations that lived in two kinds of housing, old and new, defense and nondefense. The two neighborhoods bonded through the home front experiences of World War II and the cooperative nature of Greenbelt’s municipal, social, and economic institutions. However, one section of defense housing physically and sociologically separate from the planned community, managed to create their own identity and spaces within the built environment provided to them. This area became known as the North End. Come take a virtual stroll through the North End with volunteer docent Stephen Oetken and discover what made - and continues to make - this area a unique part of Greenbelt’s history. This is a virtual event. Participants will be emailed a link shortly before the lecture starts. This event is free! Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the City of Greenbelt.

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