Preservationists Plan Fund-raiser For Posterity

May 29, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

Sally Shoemaker has $200 and some mighty big dreams.

As a leader of the Odenton Heritage Society, Shoemaker wants to preserve community treasures from burgeoning developments nearby.

Society members are currently trying to capture memories, mappingout historic Odenton and recording the oral histories of elderly residents. Next, they'd like to buy a tangible piece of Odenton's history -- an old house -- to serve as headquarters for their activities.

"We would use the property as a home," Shoemaker said. "We have enough pieces of literature and photographs. I would like to have a historical display, like a museum. It also could be something that couldbe an income-producing source for us."

Shoemaker said she doesn'tknow all the ins and outs of buying the property and is not even sure of the cost. The society has $200 -- a contribution from the Bank of Glen Burnie -- as seed money.

The group hopes to add to it with the ice cream social set for 1 to 4 p.m. June 9 at Epiphany EpiscopalChurch. The society also is raffling off an Amish doll with a quilt and a smocked dress made by Odenton residents Therese Sa

voy and Margaret Echman.

Even these fund-raising events are designed to bring the community closer to its roots. This year's site was built in 1917 to give troops bound for Europe a place to worship.

Last year's social, which attracted 125 people, took place at George and Gene Murray's home, a two-story Victorian that, at 125 years old, is Odenton's oldest house.

Shoemaker said she hopes to have some presentations at the social, including updates on mapping old Odenton and some of the oral histories, which might later be edited as a video or transcribed into a book.

"We have all kinds of ideas," Shoemaker said."It's getting the help to get those done. We have a lot of inquiriesfrom younger people moving in who realize their home is old. They contact us to see if we have any information.

"We are still looking for some people who could help us do some of the research and legwork."

Tickets for the social cost $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission includes ice cream, cake and beverages. For tickets, call 674-3171 or 674-8722.

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