BOOM Speakers Series — This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your participation in this dynamic event!

October 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center

Join Montgomery History for the first lecture in our BOOM Speaker Series as we begin to explore what life was like for African Americans in Montgomery County during the 1950s. Architectural historian Anne Bruder will discuss The Negro Motorist Green Book, an important tool for African Americans in the Jim Crow Era that listed safe places to stay, eat, get gas, and more. Author Patsy M. Fletcher will explore popular African American leisure destinations in Maryland. These local parks, resorts, and beaches were places African Americans could go to relax without the burden of racial oppression in the mid-20th century.

This dynamic FREE lecture is offered in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Silver Spring Regional Area.

While there is no cost for this event, space is limited to 65 attendees. RSVPs are required.



Speaker Bios

Anne E Bruder is the Senior Architectural Historian for the Maryland Department of TransportationState Highway Administration where she has worked since 2001. She worked for the Maryland Historical Trust from 1997 to 2001. Ms. Bruder has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of architectural history and historic preservation. She is also a contributor to the Green Book overview poster “You Will Find It Handy.” Ms. Bruder was also a contributor and presenter of “Ms. Mod”: Women’s Contribution to Mid-Century Modernism in Maryland, an exhibit about the work of twelve 20th Century women architects in Maryland. She received her A.B. from Smith College andher MAH from the University of Virginia.

Patsy Fletcher is a community development consultant and an independent historian. She serves as the community outreach coordinator for the District of Columbia Office of Planning Historic Preservation Office. As an independent historian, Ms. Fletcher has a special interest in nineteenth century African American places of leisure, and early African American architects. Her articles have been published in a number of journals and in two seminal publications, African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary 1865-1945 (2004) and The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide (1994, rev. 2005). Fletcher holds a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University, a Master of Science from Southern New Hampshire University in Community Economic Development, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

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