The next Coffee for Seniors with Prince George's County community police is June 7 at 1 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road. An officer from the unit will give a presentation on gangs that may be operating in the local area, followed by discussion on topics of interest to the South Laurel/Montpelier community. Don't miss this chance to get to know our community police officer and express your ideas and concerns about our neighborhoods.

District 1 Council member Mary Lehman, our representative on the Prince George's County Council, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. County Executive Rushern Baker III will be present to meet residents and discuss council initiatives as they relate to our community. Also in attendance will be representatives from 17 county public services agencies. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call 301-953-3887 or email dmyles@co.pg.md.us.

The Montpelier Hills community yard sale is Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Montpelier Elementary, 9200 Muirkirk Road. Set-up time for participants is from 7 to 8 a.m. For further information, contact mhyardsale@gmail.com.

Doing historical research at Montpelier Mansion can be an informative and fun activity for those of us interested in genealogy and the complex history of our area. Montpelier's mission states that the museum is "dedicated to preserving and interpreting the mansion and its grounds from 1783 to the 1960s with special emphasis on the Snowden Family occupation (1783-1831)." Much of the archival collections at the mansion focuses on materials related to not only the direct Montpelier branch of the Snowden family, but also the extended family such as the Warfields, Contees and Reese/Johnson lines.


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Within these collections there is a wealth of information about the family and their activities through documents such as correspondences, account books, scrapbooks, photographs and land record materials.

There are also architectural and ground drawings of Montpelier showing the architectural evolution of the structure itself as well as some of the changes regarding land development surrounding the mansion.

New materials are being acquired all the time. Questions regarding the collections and access to them should be addressed to the main office at the mansion, at 301-377-7817, or to the collections manager at 301-377-7836. Please note that all access to the collections is by appointment only. Be prepared to explain the nature of your research and which of the collections are of interest to you.