2018 Lecture Series

Federal Theatre Project Multimedia Event

Saturday, June 23, 7 pm

Sunday, June 24, 3 pm

Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Road

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Chris Cherry, of the Greenbelt Recreation Department, has done extensive research on the Federal Theatre Project. As he writes: "It was the Works Progress Administration's four-year program to provide work for actors and other theater workers during the Great Depression. The WPA became, for a time, the biggest theatrical producer in history."

Cherry has planned, and will host, an 80th anniversary multimedia event that recounts the highlights of the WPA's Federal Theatre Project and its connection to Greenbelt. The program will include a narration and slideshow, song performances, and a presentation of the one-act play by Betty Smith, What Are You Going to Be? Smith would go on to write A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A permanent exhibit in the east alcove of the Community Center that commemorates this history has been planned that will display poster art examples from Federal Theatre productions, along with photo and newspaper excerpts. An accompanying reception and the exhibit opening is scheduled for late Summer 2018.

The program and exhibit are co-sponsored by the Greenbelt Recreation Department and the Greenbelt Museum. For more information, please read more here

Visitor Information

Historic House


The Museum is currently closed with all staff working remotely, but check our blog and join us as we #MuseumFromHome

10B Crescent Rd.

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open Sundays 1-5 pm

Admission $5 or under

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Exhibition Gallery


Lenore Thomas Straus Exhibit

Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Rd. 

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open M-Sat 9am-10pm, 

Sundays 10am-7pm

Greenbelt Museum Office

15 Crescent Road

Greenbelt, Maryland 20770



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