Saturday, May 26, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Memories of the Old Neighborhood

By Peggy Robin

This Memorial Day Weekend is a good time for memories – and I have to thank the Cleveland Park Historical Society for posting this 5:46-minute video full of memories/history of Old Cleveland Park on its Facebook page:
Scroll down to the video “No Two Houses the Same”
Or you can view the video directly on this Youtube link:

And when you’ve finished with that one, watch the next one, about the Faulkner family of architects and their influence on Cleveland Park:

Both videos were created by students in the American University Program in Public History, under the direction of CPHS member and AU professor Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska. And I want to give a special shout-out to the narrator, David Kramer, who adopts that rather distinctive 1950ish travelogue-style modulation of voice that makes everything sound so, so unquestionably right.

Just hoping the team will produce more along these lines…and if they do, I’ll be sure to let the listserv know!

And now, for a bit of modern history in the making – here’s a photo taken on Connecticut Avenue as the old Brookville Supermarket sign came down (it went up in October 1987, almost a third-of-a-century ago). The store will soon become a Streets Market.

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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