Maryland Public Television is displaying its MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit at the Bel Air Library in August.
Maryland Public Television is displaying its MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit at the Bel Air Library in August.

Maryland Public Television is displaying its MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit at the Bel Air Library the rest of this month.

The exhibit is being held at libraries across the state in celebration of the public broadcasting network’s 50 years of service to Marylanders.

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The MPT 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit explores the network’s origins, signature programs, familiar faces and evolution — all fulfilling MPT’s mission to enrich lives and strengthen communities through the power of media. Maryland’s public TV network first went on the air Oct. 5, 1969.

The exhibit features 10 display panels guiding visitors chronologically through MPT’s five decades of service and includes a station where viewers of all ages can color their favorite PBS characters or submit a note of congratulations to be displayed later this year on MPT’s virtual Birthday Wish Wall at mpt.org/50th.

The Bel Air Library, at 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays in August. The MPT traveling exhibit will be on display through Aug. 29.

MPT produced two sets of the traveling exhibit to expand the display’s accessibility to communities across the state. The Talbot County Free Library branch in Easton also will host the exhibit this month. The schedule, to date, of traveling exhibit appearances is available at mpt.org/about/50th_exhibit/.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, MPT’s 50th anniversary commemorations include the two-hour documentary Made Possible By Viewers Like You: 50 Years of Maryland Public Television — premiering on MPT-HD on Monday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. — and an 82-page history book “Made Possible By Viewers Like You: The History of Maryland Public Television, 1969-2019.” The history book is available for sale at the MPT Online Store: https://bit.ly/339fyai.

In October, MPT will also formally unveil a yearlong, museum-quality exhibit at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library on the College Park campus.

More information about MPT’s 50th anniversary activities and observances may be found at mpt.org/50th.

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