Dive into Pleasant View’s History!

Continue reading to learn more about the UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove program with the Pleasant View Community!

Over the past few years Dr. Melissa Blair of the University of Maryland – Baltimore County has instructed a Service Learning class in Public History, which trains students to apply classroom learning to a real world public history project. Dr. Blair has partnered the research-intensive course with Pleasant View Community, and past classes have worked toward promoting and preserving the site in cooperation with the Pleasant View Community’s mission and history.

This spring of 2018, students under Dr. Blair’s supervision created research posters which focused on the 150th and 50th anniversary dates of two major events in African American history: the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1868, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. These dates are also distinctive to the Pleasant View Community: the free community was founded in 1868, and in 1968 its church merged with the neighboring white church amid a country charged with racial turmoil. Students this semester highlighted specific events in both local and national history during these years in their research posters, which are available here. In addition to creating posters for use by Pleasant View and those interested in its history, students also produced detailed research documents which provide sources for those wishing to further research the site’s history. These comprehensive documents are available here for the use of successive classes or the invested private scholar.

To promote the historic anniversaries of both country and community, students in the 2018 spring semester promoted the site’s annual JuneFest celebration of its history by designing poster advertisements, social media posts, a basic website, and local radio/newspaper circulars.