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Maryland Public Television brings exhibit to Eldersburg library in celebration of 50th anniversary

Maryland Public Television brings exhibit to Eldersburg library in celebration of 50th anniversary
The Maryland Public Television traveling exhibit, shown in part, is broken up chronologically by decade through graphics, photos and some text. (Photo courtesy of MPT)

Maryland Public Television, now in its 50th year in service, has decided to celebrate with a traveling exhibit visiting different Maryland libraries, including in Carroll County.

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The exhibit, which guides viewers through the decades of MPT broadcasts, will be at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library until June 9.

“We thought this was a wonderful time to highlight, for the citizens of Maryland, the many ways that we’ve made contributions to education, entertainment and really added to the cultural fabric of people in the state,” said Tom Williams, MPT managing director of communications.

MPT was started by the Maryland legislature in 1966, when the Maryland Educational Cultural Television Commission was created — before being changed to the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting. In the early 1980s the name was changed to what it is now known as today.

MPT is one of 152 Public Broadcasting Service member stations and the seventh largest, by revenue numbers, according to Williams.

The exhibit was envisioned with the thought that residents could best be reached by connecting with their local libraries.

The exhibit is composed of seven exhibit panels, each 7-feet tall and 2-feet wide. The panels are broken up chronologically by decade through graphics, photos and some text.

“The person that visits comes away with highlights of events and programs that plays on MPT over 50 years,” Williams said. “There’s an area where adults can write notes of thanks, share recollections and memories of watching shows on our stations. Children can also color a coloring sheet with some of the favorite characters they might know. We’re assembling all those notes and colored pictures into what will be a birthday wall on our website.”

MPT will also be airing a two-hour documentary, “Made Possible by Viewers Like You: 50 Years of Maryland Public Television” on June 3 at 8 p.m. MPT will also be releasing an 84-page history book, “Made Possible by Viewers Like You: 50 Years of Maryland Public Television, 1969-2019,” later this spring.

In the fall, MPT plans to unveil a yearlong museum exhibit at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library in College Park, according to an MPT news release.

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