October 08, 2015
Takoma in the 30s 40s 50s
Sunday Oct 11th
On Sunday we will talk about, and listen to, some Southern roots music. 12:30 to 1:30 approximately.
We will try to end in time for you get up the hill to Historic Takoma for this program at 2 pm:
Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park
Meet the Author of THE LAST TROLLEY STOP
Heber Bouland was born in Washington, D.C. in 1928 and lived there for twenty four years. Hear his eyewitness candid account of the Great Depression. He lived with his family on the DC side of Takoma Park, and just over the city line in Maryland was the last stop for trolleys arriving from downtown.
Takoma Park was a neighborhood of contradictions. Within less than two blocks of his home lived a U.S. senator, plus an alleged communist, and several black families living in one room shanties. Men from the shanties worked in the nearby terra cotta plant and the children limped to their small segregated school on legs crippled with rickets. White neighbors often terrified the children by siccing growling dogs on them.
From summer visits to his uncle’s small tobacco farm in western Kentucky, Bouland witnessed rural white poverty where toddlers labored long hours in the fields and often smoked or chewed tobacco. Besides the heartbreaking accounts of poverty and bigotry, he will entertain you with folksy stories about the humorous and the naughty.
October 04, 2015
Celebrating Sally Ride
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. – Science author Tam O’Shaunessy will talk about her new biography of America’s first woman astronaut (and O’Shaunessy’s life partner), Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America’s Pioneering Woman in Space.
Dr. O’Shaunessy has donated Dr. Ride's papers and personal possessions to the Air and Space museum. She will join a panel at the museum on October 6th at 1 pm. View the event live.
The new book was designed for children 10 and up. Politics and Prose will sell copies, but no purchase is necessary to attend this free program.
What else is happening this week?