Monday, February 25, 2013
Historic photographs bring back the days when Prince George's Plaza was an open air mall.
If you've walked through a the Mall at Prince George's, you've probably had to deal with one particular architectural annoyance unique to the shopping center: the vertical support columns which line the main hall. For an unaware shopper, the columns can become an unwelcome surprise if you happen to walk into one while distracted by conversation or an idle glance at your smartphone. But it wasn't always this way. When the mall first opened in 1959 as Prince George's Plaza, shoppers had a lot more room to maneuver because the mall didn't have a roof. For the first 18 years the mall was in existence, it operated as an open-air shopping center. It wasn't until 1977 that the mall was enclosed. With the roof, came the support columns, …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In 1913, hundreds of activists transformed Magruder Park into a motorized political rally.
Did you know Hyattsville was once the staging ground for a massive, motorized rally for women's suffrage that was covered by The New York Times? Way back in July 1913, a little more than 99 years ago, hundreds of activists from the National American Woman Suffrage Association poured into what is only described as "the baseball park at Hyattsville" (likely what is now known as Magruder Park) for a 10 a.m. rally followed by a motorized procession of 500 people and 60 cars to Congress. Once on Capitol Hill, the activists delivered a petition bearing 75,000 signatures in support of a federal women's suffrage bill to congressional leaders. The New York Times reported at the time that "the whole town was decorated, the suffrage yellow …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Historic photos show scenes from Hyattsville school days of yore.
Thanks to former City Council member Doug Dudrow for sharing these photographs with Patch and the Hyattsville Organization for a Positive Environment listserv. Hyattsville Elementary School recently celebrated its 95th birthday. These photos show the school in various stages of development between the 1920s and 1960s.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hyatt family memorial one of 20 vandalized in New Market, Md. over the weekend.
A tombstone marking the remains of one of the Hyatt family, namesake of our fair city as well as Hyattstown, was one of 20 damaged in a dramatic act of cemetery vandalism in New Market, Md., according to reports. The Frederick News-Post reports the vandalism was discovered on Monday, March 19 by a groundskeeper at the New Market United Methodist Church, which maintains the cemetery near the intersection of Old New Market Road and North Alley in Frederick County. Cemetery Treasurer Michael Sponseller told the News-Post that the vandals dealt between $30,000 and $50,000 in damage to the historic cemetery over the weekend. WJLA-TV reporter Ben Eisler visited the scene yesterday and revealed that one of the headstones, an elaborate …