2018 Lecture Series

"US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington, DC" 

Lecture & Booksigning

by Aaron Marcavitch

July 19, 7:30pm

Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Road

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Aaron Marcavitch shared his newly published book: US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington, DC with a standing room-only audience as part of the Greenbelt Museum 2018 Lecture Series. 

 

"America's Main Street," "US Highway 1," "Baltimore Avenue," "Washington Boulevard"—there are many names for the link between Baltimore City and Washington, DC. Connecting residential communities and commercial crossroads clustered along both sides of this historically important artery of transportation, this road has spanned three centuries of transportation, communication, and community development. From the earliest ships in Elkridge and Bladensburg to modern communities supporting the Washington/Baltimore region, Route 1 has been a vital part of this history.

 

Aaron Marcavitch pulled together a rich collection of photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration's Bureau of Public Roads Collection, regional historical societies, and the Library of Congress to tell the story of these milestones of history. As executive director of Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc., he seeks to preserve and promote the unique history of transportation and communication in northern Prince George's County. With history and historic preservation degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Roger Williams University, he brings multiple years of research, documentation, and preservation of historic roads and roadside places. The author signed them following the lecture.  

 

This event was free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the City of Greenbelt.