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Talk About the Future of Museums’ History

The lighthouses at Piney Point and St. Clement’s Island shine over storied waters, navigated for thousands of years before the towers’ construction. The old jailhouse in Leonardtown prompts inquiries about justice, and injustice, meted out over centuries. A schoolhouse in Drayden serves as a reminder of a painful divide that remained unchallenged, until only a few decades ago. Questions inspired today by the historic sites preserved and maintained by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division can provide guidance toward these landmarks’ continued relevance, and how programs presented at the four locations can continue to serve as a template for understanding St. Mary’s past, present and future. The Community Mediation Center of St. Mary’s County, in partnership with local organizations, has planned Community Conversations, a series of dialogs where people from throughout the county, and from all walks of life, can discuss topics of interest and concern in a safe, encouraging and conducive space. The next conversation, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, will be hosted by the county’s museum division and will be held at the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Interpretive Center at the Lexington Manor Passive Park. The discussions, which began last summer at a gathering […]

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