Historic Takoma to Open Reading Room

Historic Takoma will open its public Reading Room starting Sunday, October 17, according to an announcement from Main Street Takoma.

The Reading Room will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Historic Takoma is located at 7328 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park.

According to the announcement, “the Reading Room features Historic Takoma’s reference collections, the Maryland reference collection (on loan from the Takoma Park Maryland Library during renovation), newspapers like the Takoma Voice, plus maps, local authors, and other materials. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. The full archive will be open to the public in 2022. Anyone interested in accessing the full archives or desiring an appointment for the Reading Room, may write to [email protected]. To visit the Historic Takoma, proof of vaccination is requested.

Historic Takoma was founded in 1979 to celebrate and preserve the history of the Takoma community (both Maryland and Washington, DC). It owns its storefront at 7328 Carroll Ave where the Reading Room and archives are housed. The organization is staffed by volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Takoma’s heritage and the value of historic preservation; collecting, preserving, and sharing artifacts, maps, photographs, and written history; and protecting the local architecture and physical environment.

“In addition to the Reading Room and archives, Historic Takoma sponsors the annual House and Garden Tour, held annually on the first Sunday in May, which showcases Takoma homes and history. In 2022, Historic Takoma plans to resume the House and Garden Tour, lectures and other programs – watch the website for details.

“Historic Takoma is looking for volunteers. For information on becoming a volunteer, member, or asking a question about local history, please visit the website.”

Photo courtesy Historic Takoma

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